Fenty Upstages School Board?

With the weekend’s DC-area murder toll at 6, it was clear that Mayor Fenty and his Police Chief, Cathy Lazier, needed to do something to address the violence that spiked in the Shaw neighborhood, as well as in Southeast. So, he and the Chief unveiled at a 10am conference a cry for help from DC residents in identifying the perpetrators of this weekend’s gruesome crimes.

But why 10am? Why not 8am if it was really important? Or, maybe 1pm to catch the evening news? No, it was at 10am to pre-empt the DC School Board’s Reform Announcement and swipe all the attention away from the School Board’s response to Mayor Fenty’s desire to take control of the schools for himself. Or, at least, that’s what the Post’s DC Wire blog says is the case. Are you telling me that major news outfits are spread so thin they couldn’t do both? I’m not so sure… Clearly there are more reporters in DC than just one for each citywide beat?

6 Comments so far

  1. wayan (unregistered) on January 29th, 2007 @ 5:58 pm

    It has nothing to do with the number of Post reporters and everything to do with news priorities. The School Board is an incremental change while the shootings are hot news.

    Fenty will get front page, School Board will not, and if you re-read the DC Wire, there were enough reporters for both.

    So I’m inclined to go with DC Wire – this was shrewd Fenty PR.


  2. chimprage (unregistered) on January 29th, 2007 @ 6:20 pm

    sneaky one that Fenty is ain’t he? He’s ocassionally pretty good at this politics thing for a relative novice.


  3. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on January 29th, 2007 @ 6:35 pm

    Is it really shrewd to drown out the voices of your opposition instead of having a principled debate in the public sphere?


  4. wayan (unregistered) on January 29th, 2007 @ 7:35 pm

    Whoa, Tom, you expect a politician to have a “principled debate in the public sphere”? Oh that’s good!


  5. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on January 29th, 2007 @ 7:37 pm

    I’d hope we all would, Wayan.


  6. Pelagius (unregistered) on January 30th, 2007 @ 9:03 am

    This was in the Post? I couldn’t find it between the front page news about dead horses, counterfeit purses, and philandering priests. You know – the important stuff.



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