Newsday biz desk yelled at for covering Dolans like a news story
John Koblin of the New York Observer reports that Newsday business desk staffers have been yelled at by a representative of the paper’s new owners for sending a business reporter out to get a comment from the Dolan family.
Koblin writes, “Cablevision spokesman Charles Schueler spoke with reporter Mark Harrington, formerly the Cablevision beat reporter who was working this story, and business editor Eli Reyes and ‘screamed at them’ and ‘was very pissed off’ for sending a reporter to look for their house, and for dropping phone calls to the Dolans, according to several staffers (though Mr. Schueler disputes this account — he said he didn’t scream).
“The Dolans haven’t been known for their warm embrace of the media. Ask any Knicks beat reporter about life at Madison Square Garden (as we did for a November article in these pages), and you’ll get your share of war stories about Cablevision’s Moscow-like media policies.
“But to many on the Newsday staff, the attempt by the paper to introduce itself to the Dolans the best way it knows how was pretty roundly rebuffed, and that didn’t look good.”
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