Anatomy of a scandal

When a political scandal hits, you can always expect things to happen in this order:

1. Denials that anything happened;

2. Denials that that which happened was inappropriate;

3. Admissions, either tacit or explicit, that that which happened was inappropriate in an effort to minimize the damage; and

4. Heads rolling.

We’re now at step three in connection with the Bloomberg administration finagling a luxury box, food, and parking spaces out of the Yankees.


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John McGuinness
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John McGuinness

What about the denouncing of the media or overzealous prosecutors who are wasting everyone’s time investigating a trivial issue, creating a distraction from the real problems impacting people’s lives?

MooseinOhio
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MooseinOhio

@John – Great point and I believe it falls into a subsection of #2 – that is the denial and deflection strategy.

Rob
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Rob

Step 5.  Legal action to effect restitution, penalties, or convictions. (Optional)

Grant
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Grant

Bloomberg disgusts me. First he railroads the term limit overturn and now this (well actually this happened first, but you know what I mean).

The MTA faces a ridiculously huge deficit and the Yankees get out of paying their taxes. I never go to Yankees games but I sure as hell ride the G train they’re about to cut service on.

Nevin
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Nevin
Bloomberg’s likely truly not directly involved with acquistions of these seats, or most of the details of the financing of the stadium (though I’m sure that he did rubber stamp them, after some advisor with a law background told him yes, everything’s clean).  Seems to me he’s making a real honest attempt to do right by the issue, putting them up for sale and donating the proceeds to community projects in the South Bronx.  Certainly a more conciliatory showing than what’s coming out of Springfield, Ill. these days. It is criminal, though, that the Yankees got public financing for their… Read more »
Pete Toms
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Pete Toms
@ Nevin.  I’ve been following this all along and…well, I think you’re wrong about Bloomberg.  If the reporters have it right, the many emails between the city and the Yankees clearly indicate that Bloomberg BADLY wanted a suite at the new stadium ( right down to haggling over the cost of grub and libations ).  He’s doin the right thing now because of what Craig likes to call the ” populist backlash ” against public dollars for private stadiums. And, I think you’re wrong about the 2nd point also ( sorry, don’t mean to be a prick ).  Players don’t… Read more »
Rob
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Rob
@Nevin – You can be pretty sure that the tax breaks do not pay for themselves.  As a back-of-the-envelope calculation, say the Yankees never rebuild and stay in the original Yankee Stadium.  Would they be able to afford Messrs. Sabathia, Burnett, and Teixeira?  Maybe not, but they’d certainly be able to afford at least one or two.  That means the marginal impact of the new stadium is the ability to sign one or two of those players. Ballparks.com says that the Yankees got $220M from NYC in public financing, not including the sweethart tax breaks the team got on the… Read more »
Glenn
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Glenn

Step 2a: Claim that the transaction is so complicated that the uneducated masses can’t possibly understand it –

“It’s nothing wrong. It’s just another part of a very complex deal.” – Bloomberg, Newsday 9/17/08

Bloomberg won’t take the fall for this, his lackey Pinsky will. He’s the Mayor’s attack dog on this issue and has made most of the outrageous statements regarding the cost/benefit analysis:  “I’d like to think that Assembly Member Brodsky is simply misinformed, but after all of the public hearings, questions and analysis, it is becoming increasingly difficult to explain his blatant and fundamental errors and omissions.”

DGL
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DGL

Aren’t steps one and two merely subsets of the standard criminal defense of, “My client didn’t do it and you can’t prove that he did and it wasn’t illegal anyway!”

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