Bill Rudin Tarnishes Family Name
By George Capsis
"Why aren't we getting into the Times?" Dr. David Kaufman, who co-heads the coalition to return a hospital to the West Village, quietly asked—and I thought, "Why not?" With more than 8,000 signatures on a petition, 500 people turning up for a street rally and a hard core of activists clamoring at every community meeting, why—for more than a year—have we remained invisible to The New York Times?
And then, on Sunday, October 16 comes this full-page article on a proposal to make the 15,000-square-foot, so-called "park" across from the hospital into a memorial and underground museum for New York's more than 100,000 AIDS victims.
But, hey, wait—one whole page and no mention of the thousands of living West Villagers who have been clamoring to get a hospital back?
So I called the Times Ombudsman Office and spoke to a very nice Justin Porter and he was sympathetic and oh yes he echoed my laments, but in the end he sent an e-mail to say the ombudsman's job was to correct errors, not to "push for coverage," and I should take to it up with Anemona Hartocollis who covers hospitals for the Times—and then Justin added, "who I am told, you have already been in contact with."