After Spitzer, after Paterson, and after Paladino were all scrutinized for
extramarital activities, how could it be inappropriate and unfair for
reporters to ask Andrew Cuomo the question: Were you faithful to your wife?
Hasn’t this been established as a legitimate line of inquiry?
For better or worse, it most assuredly has. And that makes Fred Dicker’s
assault of Carl Paladino last night all the more offensive.
That’s right, it was Dicker’s fault completely. We were at the Sagamore and
saw it happen. It was Dicker who got in Paladino’s face. It was Dicker who
jabbed his finger in Paladino’s chest. It was Dicker who pushed Michael
Caputo when he tried to step between the two men.
Dicker wanted a confrontation. Dicker was goading Paladino. Dicker, as
Caputo said, was out of line. Way out of line.
But back to the underlying point. Is Paladino crazy for pointing out a
disparity in media coverage? He has been grilled about his personal life,
but not Cuomo. Why is that?
Cuomo’s people have been urging reporters to delve into Paladino’s
background. Is it unfair and outrageous for Paladino to return the favor?
Is it a meaningful distinction to say that Cuomo, himself, hasn’t done the
dirty work, just his people? We don’t think so. There is no distinction
between the principal and the operatives on a matter like this, and the fact
is that Cuomo’s people have been making personal attacks on Paladino from
And Dicker has done their bidding. Try to deny that. Try to defend Dicker’s
objectivity in this race. You can’t. He’s been promoting Cuomo’s candidacy
Last night, Dicker took it on himself to defend Cuomo’s honor against what
he said was “a smear.” But that is not his responsibility. Dicker’s
responsibility, and the responsibility of other reporters, is to apply an
equal level of scrutiny to the candidates.
Their responsibility is to ask the question.