As reporters, we've all had this problem from time to time when community leaders don't call us back before our fast approaching deadlines. Or not at all. It gets frustrating for a week or two, and then you just acquire the sense that some people are better to get comments in person and you have to hustle to where they are appearing at a public event if you want to hear from them.
So Monday, Steve Witt wrote a story in The Courier about a tiff between The Fort Greene Local's Andy Newman and Hunley Adossa because she didn't return his calls. Newman has written a bit about Hunley Adossa before, including this extended back in March (and so has Norman Oder's Atlantic Yards Report, more on him later). In Steve's article, Delia accused Andy of being biased, which Newman didn't care for very much (reporters generally don't like being called biased, even if they are, though from the story, I don't think Newman was expressing a bias in this case), and then got a quote from Gersh at the Brooklyn Paper who also noted that Delia has been hard to get ahold of. Below from The Local:
“We at The Brooklyn Paper have been astounded by the lack of response to our questions from Delia and her campaign,” said Gersh Kuntzman, editor of The Brooklyn Paper. “She aspires to a very lofty position –- public servant –- and, as such, she needs to answer questions from independent media.”
Then, Norman Oder decided to jump into the pool and all Hell broke lose. The Voice linked it up, and, on top of all that, Norman mentioned that Steve is self-publishing his book, among other things. "Any publicity is good publicity," said Steve.
Three things to note here as this story gracefully peters out of the news cycle. Steve and Norman aren't going to be attending any galas or bar mitzvahs together anytime soon, and it probably has something to do with this and also this (I respect both men a lot and am afraid to get in the middle of anything) . At this point, Steve is worried that Norman is going through his garbage. Guys, can't we all get along? Why, Atlantic Yards? Why?
The other, more interesting side note throughout this is that one of the bases of Hunley-Adossa's accusation of bias is that Newman once sang with a Tish James staffer at a karaoke party (The Local credited to Robin Lester, right, updated).
Newman replied that the event was an apolitical birthday party for a blogger who does the Clinton Hill Chill and said "At such a politically neutral event, I would be happy to sing with one of Ms. Hunley-Adossa’s staffers,” to which Hunley-Adossa replied "I'm not sure he would sing with one of my staffers." Yikes. What would Newman and Hunley-Adossa sing if they were at a bar during Karaoke night? Call Me by Blondie?
More intriguingly, what would Steve and Norman sing together? Probably Queen.