De Blasio Continues Attacks On Press In Newly Released Emails

Joe Simonson | Media Reporter

Newly released e-mails Thursday evening show New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s contempt for the press goes far beyond his public statements.

The emails, finally available through a Freedom of Information Law request affirmed by a Manhattan appeals court, showed the mayor griping about coverage.

“First of all, the news media is pitiful and it’s sad for our city and nation,” the mayor said to his outside advisors at political consulting firm BerlinRosen.

Other emails show the mayor and his staff members thinking of ways to minimize press coverage or manipulate reporters at various events. (RELATED: BILL DE BLASIO GAVE JUST $350 TO CHARITY IN 2017)

“Let’s minimize press activity at REBNY,” de Blasio spokeswoman Marti Adams wrote on Jan. 14, 2016. “He has private entrance and will skip reporters on the way in, and REBNY has said they’re going to limit access to the VIP reception.”

 One of his consultants also expressed enthusiasm for the struggles that local tabloids like The New York Daily News are facing.

“Would rather a liberal News to no News; but given that’s probably wishful thinking, I think it’s good if it cuts back,” BerlinRosen’s Jonathan Rosen said about The News possibly going online only.

In total, 4,245 pages of emails were released.

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