BLOGGERS VS NEWSDAY: Snide Email And My Response Over Lighthouse Project


I was given a snide email last night by a certain mainstream media writer who took umbrage at my commentary of the local paper constantly being a week behind. To be honest, calling them a week behind to be honest, in my opinion, was kind.

The email and response is below. BUT I’d like you all to weigh into a poll that it has spurred me to do, also. Please spread the word on the poll to sites and boards. This is not about this blog and writer, but the blogosphere vs the mainstream press….in the case of the Lighthouse Project and beyond…

Email: (names removed to protect the guilty)

you might want to check your facts before you post idiotic, incorrect
half-truths on your site.
Newsday isn’t a week late on anything to do with the Lighthouse story.
today’s story was about a letter sent yesterday morning in response to a
letter sent last thursday.

MY RESPONSE: (part of it)

Yes, but idiotically and clearly ignorant of my blog, you’d know that I reported, despite the letter today, over a week ago that Kate and Charles met for breakfast to talk over this very thing. Meetings had been planned verbally. That letter is for you press yutzes who don’t seem to follow until you get a phone call or email from a PR staff member from either side. It’s a showpiece. It’s called the difference of digging in and the one who merely mails it in dear. I knew they met and had a positive conversation and were going to meet again over two weeks ago.

I will take my entire series of blogs on the Lighthouse and put it against your slanted shellac job any day of the week. Not that I am anything special. I expected better from Newsday all through this, to be honest.

…as a blogger and as a fan of the Islanders, I have not enjoyed the coverage from Newsday by you. Of course, I know little of the editorial aims, who are cutting the stories, or situations in-house. But, I should make it quite clear, I have been critical of Newsday Lighthouse coverage for a while now, which is why I made my snide little comment about being behind. Trust me, I am not alone in this feeling. I’ll happily post a poll.
All the best, BD”

So, let’s do that poll:

The question is simple, for the Lighthouse Project, who is your main source of info? Newsday? Or the blogosphere?

And I don’t mean just me. If you aren’t reading my fellow HI Isles bloggers, or Chris Botta IslandersPointblank, Nick Giglia LetThereBeLight(house), and Dominic of Lighthouse Hockey, you are seriously short-changing yourself.

So here it is: Poll#1

Maybe we should expand this to all things hockeycentric… Poll#2

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About the Author: B.D. Gallof is a published writer and hockey blogger. He writes about Hockey, NY Islanders & the NY Islanders venue situation for CBS New York. BD has been written up in Sports Illustrated,, the NY Times Slapshots blog, Yahoo's Sports and SportsBusiness Journal. He has been a featured blogger for The Huffington Post, as well as owner, lead writer, and managing editor at

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  2. Crackhead Theo says:

    Nice work BD. I will say with all honesty that 100% of the info I find out about on the Lighthouse I get form the Blogosphere, not Newsday. The only thing I saw in Newsday that I did not see in any blog is the offer of mediation but I dont think anything ever came of that I believe.

  3. Nick Giglia says:

    Sadly, the mainstream press has not always treated the blogosphere as a partner in this – we’re not trying to compete, we’re just trying to sift through the nonsense and get down to the truth.
    Crackhead Theo – I hope you make it over to Let There Be Light(house); I had something about the mediation offer, but it’s all good. I hope you’ll come by the site in the future, but it’s no big deal.

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  5. Crackhead Theo says:

    Nick, I don’t think a days goes by where i dont check your site.

  6. Nick says:

    Do you really feel the poll will be accurate in any way? Of course the blogosphere will win. And if a similar poll were conducted in Newsday, Newsday would win.

    How could Newsday readers who don’t read hockey blogs vote here, and vice versa? Or have I missed something? (Always a strong possibility)

  7. BDGallof says:

    actually, if our little paper writer had some balls, they’d ask for the code so to put that same poll there too.


    But if you think the answer will be a runaway avalanche like it was here in the opposite direction, you are much mistaken.

  8. MJS says:

    I’m going to say that commenter Nick is more or less correct in that the results of the poll are going to be slanted. It would also be amazing if Newsday were to put the poll on its site, I’d love to see the results.
    That being said, what I really would’ve loved to see is an “both” option or something similar. Most of the info I get on the Lighthouse I get from the blogosphere. However, it’s basically a 50/50 split for hockey info in general. Though, I barely get anything beyond Katie Strang’s blog. Would’ve preferred to mark it down that way.
    Also, that Eden Lakin writes mean e-mails.

  9. TPJM22 says:

    Who is this Newsday you speak of?  I only hear of them when it’s mentioned on a message board or blog after the fact.

    NYI should move to Queens and forget the Lighthouse project.  Queens is best for NYI while Nassau is sadly best for Wang.

  10. BDGallof says:

    I should make very clear I am a fan of Katie Strang. Katie is a good young writer who is doing a good job. She has great journalism chops, though I’d love to see her get the investigative instincts and acuity that team sports really also need so as to have pieces that don’t precisely fit the hopes and expectations of team PR and brass.