Astonishing reportorial resources devoted to Park Slope Food Coop meeting

Guardian
Brian Braiker reports from Tuesday’s meeting at which members of the storied Park Slope Food Coop voted on whether they should vote on stocking products from Israel.

Park Slope, an upscale neighborhood in Brooklyn, has perhaps the best-covered food coop in the world; The New York Times, the New York Daily News, WPIX and New York magazine were among the media outlets monitoring the vote. The coop’s previous deliberations on bags have engendered the greatest series of live tweets you’ll read this quarter.

“It also didn’t hurt publicity that 87% of New York’s working journalists live in Park Slope – your correspondent, a co-op member in good standing for nearly a decade, included,” Braiker writes. I’m still new here, so I’m not clear on whether I can ask PolitiFact to take up that statement. I’d be surprised if the figure were higher than 84 percent.

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  • Anonymous

    Hi — Brian Braiker here. I did write that, but thought it was pretty clear that i was exaggerating for effect/humor. So did my editor. In retrospect, it was probably not the place for a not-very-funny-overly-subtle-insidery joke, but there you have it. Apologies for any confusion it may have caused. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XJVICMFLAYPPZ266ZRRKFIGOSM Gina G.

    AB, I’m totally not surprised that the media takes a statistic at face value and mindlessly repeats it as gospel. Any logical human would question that number. The sheeplike mentality of our media is one reason that this total nonsense at the Co-op blew so out of proportion.

  • JH

    This is a perfect example of NY media bum-rushing a story that is extremely fascinating to them but has little meaning to the rest of the world.

  • http://twitter.com/andymboyle Andy Boyle

    Jacob Harris of The New York Times did some sleuthing (he asked the writer on Twitter) and the guy said he made the number up: https://twitter.com/#!/harrisj/status/184995662507687937

    So. There you go.

  • http://twitter.com/andymboyle Andy Boyle

    Jacob Harris of The New York Times did some sleuthing (he asked the writer on Twitter) and the guy said he made the number up: https://twitter.com/#!/harrisj/status/184995662507687937

    So. There you go.