If you were hoping to wake up this morning to an extensive investigative report by The New York Times, The Washington Post, or any of the major mainstream media outlets on the physical assault last Thursday by New York Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY22) on an upstate reporter who questioned Hinchey about conflicts of interest in sending federal earmark money to benefit a property partially owned by Hinchey, you will have to wait.
Although the assault has been reported by the YNN Capital Tonight program, Politico, The Hill, The Washington Examiner, HotAir, Instapundit, The Daily Caller, and your humble correspondent, among others in the blogosphere, and even though the upstate newspaper for which the reporter worked is standing by the report of the assault...
... as of this writing, The NY Times and the rest of the MSM are silent.
Because a senior New York Democratic Congressman getting in the face of a reporter, telling the reporter to "shut up," chasing the reporter down, pushing his finger into the reporter's chest, and grabbing the reporter's throat, is not newsworthy.
But it certainly was newsworthy when YNN's Capital Tonight program reported on Carl Paladino's confrontation with a NY Post reporter, in which Paladino threatened to "take out" the reporter after the reporter's newspaper send photographers after Paladino's young daughter, but did not engage in any physical contact.
Paladino's verbal assault arising out of a personal dispute with a reporter meant everything and served to disqualify Paladino from office, but Hinchey's physical assault arising out of a reporter's investigation into Hinchey's conflicts of interest apparently means nothing.
Update 2:10 p.m. -- Still nothing from the NY Times, but the Poughkeepsie Journal has the scoop the NY Times, Hinchey in Altercation with Reporter.
Update 5:50 p.m. -- MSM still maintaining strict radio silence.
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