The News’ Amazing Disappearing Carrion Story


Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion is “in hot water” after blurting out to Yale students that he’d already been picked for a top job in the Obama administration, as well as the target of “an anti-Adolfo e-mail campaign” to Obama’s by Bronx residents upset by his role in the Yankee Stadium controversy, according to a story by Daily News Bronx editor Bob Kappstatter. Wrote one angry Bronxite: “If he runs for a dog catcher, we will campaign against him and support the dogs.”

At least, that’s what you would have read on the Daily News website at 2:16 am, when it was posted. By this afternoon, the story, headlined “Adolfo Carrion under fire,” had disappeared from the Daily News site. (The Google cache, however, lives on.)

Had the long arm of the borough president — or the Yankees — reached out and told the News to can it, as Nets owner Bruce Ratner is charged with having done to ex-Voicer Deborah Kolben’s coverage of Atlantic Yards?

Not at all, says Kappstatter. The story, he says, was always meant to be held to run in a future edition of the News; unfortunately, he says, “it had already been typeset, and the software automatically put it onto the website.” Daily News spokesperson Jennifer Mauer says the item is now scheduled to run in the News‘ Bronx edition’s gossip column next week, but adds, “I don’t know the circumstances” of how it ended up appearing then disappearing from the paper’s website.

This isn’t the first article to mysteriously go missing at the News: In October, a story on parent outrage over high administrative salaries at the Department of Education similarly played now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t, amid allegations of pressure from city officials.

While nobody’s accusing the News staffers of knowing how to use those newfangled computer thingies, it’s certainly convenient that this only seems to happen with stories critical of city officials, and not, say, Jennifer Connelly’s figure.


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