The Times Noise Maker
Starting to Sound Familiar
There must be an AP style manual out there on how to write a Speaker's race story. Today, it was Winnie Hu of the Times.
We imagine that this is what the manual says:
Headline: Two on Council Seen as Strong
Intro: The battle is increasingly focused between two candidates, de Blasio and Quinn
Body: Both have been lobbying their colleagues and party leader relentlessly, and will continue to do so through the holidays.
Quote Support: It's a two person race and has been for a while.
Quote Oppose: Nuh-uh. No it's not. And anyone who says so is spinning you like a top (very Hannukahish, btw).
Develop Character #1: Quinn, a Miller ally, is nice. Colleagues like her.
Develop Character #2: de Blasio, Hillary's boy, is also nice. Has strong ties to labor.
Develop Intro/Body Further: No one really has any say except Queens and Bronx Country leaders; and maybe the new Brooklyn leader as well.
Quote Support: We'll make the decision in the backrooms at the last minute.
Quote Oppose: I don't think it should be done this way.
Quote Character #1: The pieces are in place for a victory.
Quote Character #2: I'm going to keep pressing my case.
Conclusion: Lots of time left. Anything could happen ... it is politics.