He hates us, he really hates us!
Mayor de Blasio doubled down on his diatribes against the media Friday, a day after City Hall released more than 4,000 pages of emails that featured him railing against the press while simultaneously trying to craft his image in it.
“I have felt this my whole life. This is not new to my role as mayor. We have a corporate media,” de Blasio whined on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show. “It is based on a free enterprise model, it is based on selling things, I don’t think that’s healthy, I think that leads to a lot of distortions.”
He went on to say he did like one newspaper — on another continent.
“I am a big fan of public radio and public TV, I’m a big fan of alternative media and subscription-based media, like The Guardian,” he said of the London-based broadsheet, “that are trying to take some of the bias out of the equation that is based — you know, that comes from needing clicks and having a mentality that connects to a corporate structure.”
Still, he wouldn’t have written it down if he knew the press would find out about it.
“When I wrote those things — I mean look, the whole underlying reality here is the legal guidance I had received from the City Hall staff was that those particular interactions with trusted advisers were something we could do frankly and would not be publicly disclosable and would not have to be publicly disclosable,” he said. “Obviously that was a mistake and if we had known that we would not have put those things into email.”
At issue are emails between de Blasio and his so-called “Agents of the City” — outside consultants offering him free advice. Emails between City Hall and non-government employees are subject to the Freedom of Information Law — but that didn’t stop de Blasio from going to court to try to prevent the emails from coming out.
If his advisers had asked an expert on the Freedom of Information Law, they might have known their rationale wouldn’t hold up.
“You could be my good friend … and you could know a lot about something, but if I call you and ask you for advice, that doesn’t make you a consultant retained by the government, nor does it make you a quote agent of the city,” Robert J. Freeman, executive director of the Committee on Open Government, said.
De Blasio also didn’t back down on emails that wished for the demise of the Daily News and the New York Post. While he expressed hopes that both papers would face cutbacks or oblivion in the emails, de Blasio was only asked specifically about the Post on Lehrer’s show.
“No I will not shed a tear if that newspaper is no longer here, because I think we need a better civic discourse,” he said.
And de Blasio — who in the e-mails called the press “sad” and “pitiful” — ripped the Daily News for comparing him to President Trump.