The Knuckleheads of the Day award

Today’s winners are the New York Newsday newspaper and its reporter, James T Madore. In an article about new NY Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, Madore wrote

Only two of Gillibrand’s rivals for the Senate job, Suozzi and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, attended her rollout. The stage instead was filled with other representatives, state officials and a few Republicans, including former Sen. Alfonse D’Amato, of Lido Beach. A Paterson spokesman said D’Amato was invited as one of only two living former senators. (The other is Clinton, who is now secretary of state and was unable to attend.)

If this was supposed to be a NY state politics quiz, Newsday and Madore just flunked it. I’m a Florida resident and can name every Senator from New York state going back to 1970. One of whom is James Buckley, who is very much alive. He even has a website.

A reporter and a newspaper who take the job seriously of covering politics should have known this off the top of their head, or bothered to check the facts. Since they did neither, I name New York Newsday newspaper and its reporter, James T Madore, today’s Knuckleheads of the Day.

Update- Fixed post to include wikipedia link on Buckley.

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