From True News from ChangeNYC.org:
In Queens, the local newspapers, the political machine and government all work together. The papers do not perform the role of checks and balances that Founding Fathers envisioned to protect the people from the government and ensure a working democracy. Instead, Queens local newspapers have gamed journalism to operate as a co-machine in Queens. They work in campaigns and are lobbyists to the same elected officials they help elect or reelect. The papers operate as the house organ for the Democratic party for controlling who gets elected or becomes a judge in Queens county. The judges in turn send the legal ads worth tens of thousands dollars to the local papers.
At the heart of the queens newspaper conspiracy is Michael Nussbaum. He wears many hats. Executive V.P. and Associate Publisher TRIBCO owners of the Queens Tribune and several other papers and magazines in that borough. Nussbaum owns the papers along with Congressman Ackerman and Mike Schenkler who services as publisher of the operation. Schenkler calls Nussbaum the driving force behind Multi-Media, which he calls the paper's printing, promotion arm. What Schenkler does not tell us is that Multi-Media does campaign printing for elected officials like State Senator Shirley Huntley, Assemblyman Edward Braunstein and Councilman Peter Koo. One of Nussbaum's papers hired the wife of Councilman Leroy Comrie, Marcia, to run their southeast Queens local edition.
A Queens pol says Nussbaum and a large political consultant lobbyist group work together often in printing for candidates. Parkside is run by Evan Stavisky who works for almost all the candidates backed by the Queens machine. Stavisky moved into the big time by working for Brian McLaughlin and many of the organizations that led to the former Queens congressman's conviction. Stavisky was in the middle of the city council slush fund non-investigation where Quinn and the others walked away untouched. Stavisky is part of the permanent government. In 2009, he lost 5 out of 6 council races. In 2010, he was paid over $2 million by the Senate Democrats who lost their majority. This year, he lost a congressional district which was 4 to 1 Democrat to Republican.
Newspaper V.P. Nussbaum is not only a campaign consultant, he is also a lobbyist for developers like Patrick Thompson who is trying to clear FAA clearance to finally redevelop the illegally partially torn down 20 years ago RKO Keith's. Schenkler wrote that Nussbaum “brings us Asian clients and friends. His network includes the very top government officials and business giants in the Far East as well as their counterparts here in our country.” If you want to know where Nussbaum gets his Asian clients, all you have to do is check with one of the other papers owner Congressman Ackerman. The congressman is a member and the former Chair of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific which has oversight on U.S. policy towards nations in Asia. Ackerman has already show that he knows how to use the paper to benefit himself and his partners. He was Nussbaum's paper's publisher and weekly columnist until 1978 when he was elected to the State Senate.
Not only is Queens and the rest of New York stuck with newspapers designed to control them, but that control really means an uninformed public has helped cause Queens to become the most corrupt borough in the city. Where assemblymen rip off hospitals and little leagues, a comptroller rips off the CFB and taxpayers and a congressman get free mortgages from developers.