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IRONY ALERT: NYT Publisher Dodges Reporter At First Amendment Dinner

Betsy Rothstein Gossip blogger
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HuffPost media reporter Michael Calderone made a valiant attempt to get scoop at The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press dinner last night in Manhattan at the Pierre Hotel.  In the wake of all the media fallout over NYT Publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.’s firing of Jill Abramson last week, naturally he approached.

Good thing this thing was called the First Amendment Dinner and the publisher made himself so readily unavailable to the press. Sulzberger blew off Calderone, but did give an interview to Vanity Fair, which ran a story last night at midnight. So there’s that.

Sulzberger was there to get an award — not chat with the press. How dare the irritating media approach a media publisher at a media dinner and ask for a media comment.

Thankfully, CNN’s “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter captured the moment or non-moment as the case may have been.

“At @RCFP dinner, where Arthur Sulzberger is being honored — here he is declining to say anything to @mlcalderone,” Stelter remarked on Twitter, posting the accompanying photograph. 

Calderone tweeted, “Sulzberger praises Abramson’s press advocacy (and dodges press) at tonight’s 1st Amendment dinner.” In his story, he added, “He waved away questions when this reporter  approached prior to the First Amendment dinner.”

The Mirror sought comment from Calderone.

Are we all getting f–king sick of this NYT story or what?