Sunday, March 1, 2015

Johnny Doc's Spokesman Speaks

So former City Paper writer Brian Hickey -- who left to join union leader John Dougherty's failed state Senate campaign -- has now blogged more detailed thoughts on the race. Sadly, he never really details the "disgusting, all-out smear campaign to keep a good man down," which he promised in an earlier post. It's mostly just ramblings about how the local press ganged up on Dougherty and didn't critically cover the other candidates. Hickey argues that we spent too much time on Dougherty. But the guy has a long history in this town that reporters have a responsibility to report on. He also says the press didn't report enough on state Sen. Vince Fumo's support of winner Larry Farnese. Which we did. But he saves the real ammo for how the press never got to know Doc as a person. The John I got to know over the course of the past two/three months isn't a knuckle-dragging bully. Quite the opposite actually: He's a guy who tirelessly works to make life better for his family, community and, yes, union membership. Sounds like quite a tale. But not exactly a new one.

Johnny Doc's Spokesman Speaks

So former City Paper writer Brian Hickey -- who left to join union leader John Dougherty's failed state Senate campaign -- has now blogged more detailed thoughts on the race.  Sadly, he never really details the "disgusting, all-out smear campaign to keep a good man down," which he promised in an earlier post. It's mostly just ramblings about how the local press ganged up on Dougherty and didn't critically cover the other candidates.

Hickey argues that we spent too much time on Dougherty. But the guy has a long history in this town that reporters have a responsibility to report on. He also says the press didn't report enough on state Sen. Vince Fumo's support of winner Larry Farnese. Which we did.

But he saves the real ammo for how the press never got to know Doc as a person.

The John I got to know over the course of the past two/three months isn't a knuckle-dragging bully. Quite the opposite actually: He's a guy who tirelessly works to make life better for his family, community and, yes, union membership.

Sounds like quite a tale. But not exactly a new one.

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William Bender, a Drexel graduate who landed at the Daily News in 2007, has covered everything from South Philly mobsters to doomsday hucksters. He occasionally writes about local food trucks and always eats everything on his plate, whether it be a bloody rib eye or a corrupt politician. E-mail tips to benderw@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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David Gambacorta, has been a reporter with the Daily News since 2005, covering crime, police corruption and all of the other bizarre things that happen in Philadelphia. Now he’s covering the 2015 mayor’s race, because he enjoys a good circus just as much as the next guy. He’s always looking to get a cup of coffee. Send news tips and other musings on life to gambacd@phillynews.com
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