This is really the type of 'gotcha', blogger journalism that previous generations of NNY pols never had to face.
I mean really...Hanging around a restaurant and getting a photo that may or may not be two people kissing and then surrounding it with a narrative that makes it sound like its a big deal.
Back in the day, I remember being told not to shoot video with a prominent pol holding a drink at an event because it was a courtesy provided. That has changed.
I recall after winning an election, a photog hovering and if it looked like I was going to pick up a bottle of Miller Lite his camera was raised. I quickly learned the game being played and the photog had to settle for a picture with me in front of a Coors Light promotional piece showing an attractive woman. That was the piece printed to show I was a bar room deviant.
There was another time, a reporter new to town and unknown to me was assigned (he later told me) to sit in my tavern to get me reacting to or saying something snippy about an episode of ABCs 20/20 that was airing a story of local interest.
If someone is intent on telling a tale, they can be very sneaky.
If I had been Jude, I am not sure I would have reacted at all, and it may go no further than an Internet story for a day.
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