New York governor candidate threatens journalist to avoid answering questions

Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino (right) pictured during the confrontation with Editor Fredric Dicker (left).

New York governor candidate Republican Carl Paladino threatened New York Post State Editor Fredric Dicker for doing his job, verifying information for accuracy.

The heated exchange occurred after Dicker asked for evidence Paladino had to support new accusations of Democratic Andrew Cuomo having extramarital affairs, according to CBS News. These accusations were first found on Politico, an American journalism organization.

Instead of providing evidence of this claim, Paladino expressed his anger about the “goons” from the New York Post that put his 10-year-old love child in danger in an attempt to get a story. The two’s confrontation ended with Paladino telling Dicker, “I’ll take you out, buddy.”

A day after this incident, on Sept. 30 a statement was issued on Paladino’s campaign website. In this statement Paladino refers to how he is “repeatedly asked irrelevant questions regarding relationships he may have had while married.” It also states that Dicker is bias and should also ask these questions to Cuomo.

The problem is these new allegations that Paladino made about Cuomo cannot even be verified through him at this time. A reporter would not know to pose these questions to begin with if there are no reasons to question it. According to the video below, Dicker states that Paladino announced that he had a child out-of-wedlock. Dicker also explains the situation in more detail.

To summarize the unresolved issue, when asked by a Fox News Reporter on whether or not Dicker has ever written a negative news story about Cuomo Dicker responds, “I’ve written fair stories…” 

Dicker was called a bad reporter by one of Paladino’s men. Do you think that Dicker conducted himself with journalism standards?

-Tsengchoua Lee

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