DDDB's Response to Abusive Daily News Editorial
An appeal for justice
Brooklyn: Your editorial about our court fight against Atlantic Yards was rife with misstatements, exaggerations and fabrications ("Abuse of process," Feb. 5).
From calling an area where two-bedroom condos sell for $1 million "blighted," to implying that creating "a home for the Nets" justifies the taking of private property, it's clear you are willing to ignore the facts to further Forest City Ratner's goals.
For those who oppose this boondoggle, the only opportunity to fight is in the courts. Yet Bruce Ratner (photo) and the Daily News cry foul because the community is exercising its legal rights and appealing lower-court decisions it believes are wrong. Interestingly, you found no fault when Forest City Ratner and the state filed appeals.
The judicial process is there to protect all citizens, not just those with money and power.
Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn
(The DN cut the original letter into ribbons.)
Daily News editorial policy:
Bloomberg = good
Developers = good
Eminent domain = so what?
Sob stories of the tweeded = front page
Crooked pols lying to community = ignored
Neighborhoods destroyed by any of the previously mentioned = doesn't happen
Demolitions = verrry sexy (especially if they can dispatch fotog to scene to capture the carnage for NY's Photo Paper)