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Keeping Tabs on Giuliani in NYC

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Keeping Tabs on Giuliani in NYC

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After marital bust-up, it's Rudy, Rudy, Rudy for the 'Post' and 'News'

While the story of New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani's relationship with Manhattan divorcEe Judith Nathan has largely been a tabloid battle between the New York Post and the Daily News in the mayor's hometown, the other city papers have reported on it, too -- albeit at a more subdued pace.

"The Times has been very careful in what it has decided to publish," said Kate Phillips, political editor at the metro desk at The New York Times. "We decided to do a modest story and not stake out the apartment and call everyone she [Nathan] knew."

"There were real issues of privacy to consider here," said Paul Moses, city editor at Newsday. "We covered what we thought was relevant to the public debate."

While the Times and Newsday showed restraint, the tabloids had a field day, especially after Giuliani announced May 10 that he was separating from his wife, Donna Hanover, and Hanover responded by charging Giuliani had an extra-marital affair with a former member of his staff she declined to name but who many assumed to be was Cristyne Lategano, his former communications director.

The Post responded on May 11 with 12 pages of coverage, with stories on everything from Giuliani's announcement of his separation to a report from Hazleton, Pa., the hometown of Judith Nathan's mother, Joan Stish, who told a reporter, "Our hearts ache for Judy."

After the story first broke, Giuliani and others broached the privacy issue, but it went away quickly after Giuliani and Hanover spoke publicly. …

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