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On Keeping Schedules

October 18, 2010

There’s a product on the table in front of us. It’s pink and textured. It emits a vague aroma of spices. It is meat-like. It is … baloney.

Baloney is what we say to the contention of the attorney general’s office that it did not keep a schedule for Andrew Cuomo for the first two years of his administration.

(See Jimmy Vielkind’s outstanding article in the Albany Times Union today: In the Dark on Cuomo Schedules.)

There is indeed a carefully prepared schedule. It lists every meeting the Attorney General had during the period. Such schedules are done in advance and then amended to comport with what actually occurs on a given day.

This is standard operating procedure for any government office and for Cuomo’s people to pretend otherwise is bizarre. So bizarre it makes us wonder what they are trying to conceal. Why the secrecy? Who did he meet with that would be a source of embarrassment now?

For some, this may not seem like a big deal, but it is. All attorneys generals and all other statewide elected officials have always released their public schedules, but not Cuomo. This is wrong on many levels.

It speaks to a lack of openness. It speaks to a fundamental disrespect for the role of the media.

And it shows how willing Cuomo is to send his spokesmen out with bogus explanations. In this regard, you just know that he and his senior staff got together to discuss how to respond to Vielkind’s inquiry:

“Just tell him (Vielkind) we didn’t keep a schedule. And if he presses, tell him that witnesses and informants could be compromised if we release the schedule we’re pretending we don’t have.”


One Comment leave one →
  1. Mark Keister permalink
    October 18, 2010 11:32 AM

    Ah, but baloney has a meat-like nature; what you are detecting NT2 comes entirely from the other end.

    Gases always have a deleterious effect on the central nervous system and we’ve all been gassed enough to forgive your confusion.

    What the people should demand of the market place is a tamper proof Bull Shit Detector that can be implanted at birth; giving us all more room to breathe wholesome air.

    It is not only government execs that keep schedules; Madam’s do to!

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