Tag-Teaming the Spitzer Story

The latest word – at least according to the New York Times – is that no resignation announcement is expected today from Governor Spitzer. While that’s not terribly surprising, what really caught my eye about this article was the list of Timesmen and Timeswomen engaged on the story:

“Danny Hakim reported from Albany and William K. Rashbaum from New York City. Reporting for this and other articles about Gov. Eliot Spitzer was contributed by John Sullivan, Jennifer Anderson, Cara Buckley, Sewell Chan, Sushil Cheema, David W. Chen, Alison Leigh Cowan, Jane Gottlieb, Jason Grant, Kate Hammer, Patrick Healy, Raymond Hernandez, C. J. Hughes, Andrew Jacobs, Daryl Khan, David Kocieniewski, Serge F. Kovaleski, Angela Macropoulos, Colin Moynihan, Don Van Natta Jr., Patrick McGeehan, Jeremy W. Peters, Sam Roberts and Stacey Stowe.”

Twenty-six reporters from the Times alone. Former NYT editor Howell Raines, the chief advocate for the “flooding the zone” style of covering big stories, would be proud.

– Austin pell grants kind

Don’t Blink…You May Miss Eliot Spitzer’s Resignation Announcement

No, he hasn’t announced yet, but the speed at which this drama is unfolding makes me want to be near from a TV and computer today. In about 18 hours, Lovernor Spitzer has suffered one of the most rapid descents in American politics. According to several news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, his resignation could come as early as today.

There are several reasons for this dive to deck, but the two most important, I think, are 1) this was apparently not a one-night stand and that there’s some kink to the story (the affidavit reports some of the women described the Lovernor as “difficult” and “would ask you to do things that, like, you might not think were safe – you know – I mean that . . . very basic things.”) and 2) Mr. Spitzer has made a lot of enemies over the years and they are – to a person it seems – eager to pile on now. It’s interesting that a good amount of the resignation buzz can be traced back to an anonymous source described as an aide to Lovernor, implying either that person is acting on orders/acquiescence from on high or that the insiders are jumping ship. Either way, not a good sign.

– Austin automated clearing house kind