From NY Magazine:
The New York Times wouldn't reprint the word that Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau used for accusations from the mayor that the D.A.'s office inappropriately used two sets of books — including one that was not reviewed by the city comptroller's office — to manage their finances. The paper only murkily called it a "barnyard vulgarity." But the Post was all too pleased to tell us what Morgy said: "If you all weren't newspapers of record, I'd say these were chickenshit comments," he told a bunch of reporters.
According to the Times, Bloomberg and Morgenthau have always been polite in public, but have really never liked one another. But their private acrimony was unleashed when City Hall began pushing the D.A.'s office to reveal the accounting related to tens of millions of dollars accumulated through settlements, forfeitures, and grants — which the D.A. has traditionally kept in secret bank accounts where it can be tightly controlled and won't be scrutinized by the comptroller.
Inevitably, this non-story, meant to embarrass the DA, who is retiring at the end of the year, appeared in the Daily News Saturday, no doubt due to the vindictiveness of Mayor Bloomberg.