Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Billy Preston, Joe Bruno, and Press Abuses: "Pay To Play"

I co-owned, with one of my best friends, a 5,000 sq. ft. nightclub called The Main St. Cafe, for a year and a half. During that time, we had some classic rock acts play there, usually for around two thousand bucks a performance. We had Rick Derringer, Dave Mason, and Billy Preston, to name the biggest acts we could book. Okay, they were "B" list "over the hill" acts, even back in 1992.

The point of this post is that some weeks before Billy Preston played, we were solicited for ads by Newsday, the largest Long Island newspaper. We regularly ran ads in the "free" Long Island "bar" newspapers, and were familiar with the fact that if you don't buy ads, you don't get stories about your club. We had no idea about "negative press." We didn't buy any ads in Newsday.

A funny thing happened, a few days before the show. Newsday ran an article, on page 92, titled "Billy Preston is Back, Let Him Be." After more than 10 paragraphs about how the "5th Beatle" was facing child molestation charges in California, the last paragraph said "he's playing at the Main St. Cafe" on whatever night of the week it was.

This brings me to today, and political gossip from the NY Post's PAGE SIX. I'm working on an article about Gov. Spizer's vow to "change everything" in Albany (the capitol of NYS), and how he's abusing his political power, but not changing much. Consider this a preview, and compare it to my previous personal experience with liberal "fourth estate" types:

July 4, 2007 -- SENATE Majority Leader Joseph Bruno canceled his subscription to his local Albany paper yesterday after it promised him better coverage if he bought ads. "If it was not already obvious that the Times Union is only concerned with one side of the story, today an indi vidual in the TU advertising department called the Senate Press Office to say that I would need to buy ads in the paper if I wanted to get fair coverage," said Bruno. The Rensselaer Republican's press aide, Mark Hansen, told Post State Editor Fredric U. Dicker he was "flabbergasted." The Times Union confirmed a call was made "to sell 'issue-based' advertising," but publisher Mark Aldam denied it was linked to more favorable stories. The liberal-oriented paper has whacked Bruno for years, and the pol claims it's because he's a Republican. On Sunday, the Times Union had a story alleging he improperly used a state- owned helicopter to fly to Manhattan for politically-connected events - a claim Bruno denies.

An interesting note: Spitzer spent millions of his personal dollars on ads to deflect criticism over his political "reform" agenda. "Pay to play" is the media's motto, as well. I'm sure Spitzer bought ads in the Albany Times-Union.

The article I am compiling from "non-gossip" NY Post news items show that Senator Bruno did nothing wrong, but Gov. Spitzer may have violated the law, by using the State Police to "keep tabs" on Bruno. Stay tuned, because this NY Governor is a HUGE failure, and negative press against his opponents won't help. The Albany Times-Union is a liberal hack propaganda machine, from what I've seen of it. They should go down the toilet with Newsday, in the publishing world.

I don't get paid for promoting anything, whether public, private, political, or commercial! I'll take on Gov. "Steamroller," who would be more appropriately called Gov. "Snowflake," for the amount of time his political captal lasted. His "help" from the Albany Times-Union is exposed, and he's on the hot seat. This is just a little teaser rant, for everyone's personal enjoyment!

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