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Dan Gross: Mayor talked Fox 29 out of airing bowling-alley spanking video, sources say
MAYOR NUTTER talked Fox 29 out of airing a video that captured him spanking the buttocks of a blonde with whom he drank and bowled at North Bowl (909 N. 2nd), say sources familiar with the situation.
A Fox 29 viewer recorded Nutter and his female companion having a blast about 2 a.m. one day last summer, sources say. We're told the cellphone video is of high-enough quality that you can hear the two butt slaps Nutter delivered to the woman, identified by our sources only as Andrea, as she got up to bowl.
Fox 29 began to work on a story about the mayor's late-night activities and the footage was screened at the station by Nutter's communications director Desiree Peterkin Bell and press secretary Mark McDonald.
Soon after that, we're told, Nutter summoned Fox 29 news director Steve Schwaid to City Hall for a meeting. After the meeting Schwaid informed his news staff that the footage would not run unless he decided that it would.
If Mayor Nutter wants to connect with the citizens of this city — I think we just found the first step. Release the footage, Mayor! Nothing says I’m-just-like-all-of-you like slapping some blonde’s ass while drunk at a bowling alley at 2AM after a couple pitchers of discounted domestic brew. That’s what America was built on. You think you’re gonna identify with the black folks in this city by performing “Rapper’s Delight” again at some bull# charity function? Bro we’ve seen it all before. We know you’re just some rich Finance cat that got into the politics game because it was a convenient means to power. We know this. So you might as well just stop all the “common man” efforts and bond with brothers by sharing what we have in common on some REAL LEVELS — wanting to bang white chicks. I can’t think of a better way to seem like one of the people again. Especially if the broad was thick…wow. You missed out the publicity clip of a lifetime.
the way this whole thing went down has me questioning the journalistic integrity of all those involved.