Mayor de Blasio is such a great believer in the free press that he physically removed two bodyguards a credential reporter, who had quite a question to ask him a question publicly on Sunday.
The unusual muzzling developed at the beginning of the annual Dominican day parade in Manhattan, where the reporter sought Blasio’s reaction to Posten’s front story about his many meetings with lobbyists.
It was also after Hizzoner performed on national TV Sunday to proclaim: “I believe in a free, strong media with different opinions – I defend it with all I have.”
Just two hours later, after Blasio cut a band to kick out the parade and pose for photos near West 37th Street on Sixth Avenue, the reporter asked him to comment on “CITY FOR SALE” Page One history.
Instead of responding to or even decreasing to answer the question, the mayor as two members of his NYPD security detail approached the reporter – who had a police press release on his throat – with a gripping shoulder and led him away mayor.
“Kevin, you have to go. You can not be here,” said the governor.
Both bodyguards then escorted the reporter half a block away, where a member of NYPD General Information Office, officer Brian Magoolaghan, told him: “Come on Kevin. No stunts today.”
City Hall had previously denied that discuss items that showed that officials held 136 meetings with lobbyists during just three months earlier this year.
The event resembles one last month when the White House closed a CNN reporter from a Rose Garden event to shout “unsuitable” questions at President Trump in the Oval Office earlier this day.
These questions involved secret sound recordings by Trump, made by his then-personal attorney Michael Cohen and Trump & # 39; s invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putin to the White House.
On Sunday, Blasio performed on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” to discuss an interview last week with Guardian, a liberal British newspaper, criticizing Posten’s parent company, News Corp and its founder and executive chairman Rupert Murdoch.
On one occasion, host Brian Stelter de Blasio pressed on his criticism of the Post, which the Mayor has called a right-wing rag.
“Why do you feel it’s your role to call a newspaper because you do not like the content?” Stelter asked.
“Because I think it does not happen enough …. It does not happen as I think it should,” they answered Blasio.
De Blasio’s press secretary referred questions about the event at the NYPD parade, which said in an email: “The Department takes appropriate and necessary steps to protect dignitaries, including the mayor of New York City.”
Further reporting of Ben Feuerherd