Paper-Trained? No.

Post and Daily News get serious only in their petty war with each other

In the meantime, I'd even settle for a strong series on Manhattan's choked traffic situation, one of the reasons a Manhattan sports stadium was such a bizarre idea.

In American journalism, the phenomenon of not covering your own backyard too aggressively is sardonically called "Afghanistanism." The suggestion is that we are allowed to cover the hell out of malfeasance and nonfeasance in faraway places but not in our hometowns.

A couple of historical notes.

Rival racks outside the Garden
photo: Cary Conover
Rival racks outside the Garden

When Bill Kovach was editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in the 1980s, he decided to examine the workings of the Coca-Cola Company and the city's big banks. The paper drew national attention and won a Pulitzer Prize. Kovach was forced to resign.

In New York City, during New York Newsday's 10-year run, that paper won two Pulitzer Prizes for local reporting, one more than the Times had won for local reporting in its entire history to that point.

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