Wednesday, April 23, 2014


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NY1 ItCH: De Blasio's Valentine's Day Present - to Himself

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After having a very rough time with reporters yesterday, Mayor de Blasio decided to take a break from the media today and cancelled a briefing this morning about the snow cleanup.

Taking a time out from those pesky questions might be a good idea after Hizzoner seemed shell-shocked following yesterday’s press conference where he was pelted with questions on two fronts: keeping schools open in a blizzard and his intervention with the NYPD after a political ally was arrested on Monday.

But besides just licking his wounds on this Valentine’s Day, de Blasio could employ a strategy employed by his predecessors – having a weekly radio show where he gets to talk at length about the issues of the day but where he largely controls his message. (Full disclosure: NY1 is one of several media outlets that have approached City Hall about producing such a program.)

De Blasio is clearly comfortable in his own skin but he’s quickly learning that the press corps can make anyone uncomfortable with its tough questions. (And whenever the mayor says “With all due respect” to a reporter, it’s quickly becoming code words for “I want to strangle you with your shoelaces.”)

Besides continuing to joust with reporters at his press conferences, the mayor might reconsider a move to the airwaves and follow the lead of his idol, Mayor La Guardia, who read the funny papers to kids on the radio from his desk at City Hall during a newspaper strike.

It’s been a bumpy week for the new mayor – and who can blame him to take today to regroup? Meanwhile, somewhere in Bermuda, Michael Bloomberg might be giggling on his 72nd birthday.

Bob Hardt

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