“AP: NYC mayor bars media from dozens of events”
An Associated Press analysis of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s (dih BLAH’-zee-ohz) schedule in nearly five months in office shows he has barred the media from more than 50 events and limited access to 30 more. On some days, his entire schedule has been off limits to the press.
All told, more than 20 percent of his scheduled events were closed to the media, including meetings with other government figures.
De Blasio says he believes transparency and acknowledges his administration could do better. His spokesman says limits imposed on reporters are largely due to logistics, not secrecy.
But media watchdogs worry that the restrictions in New York reflect a larger trend of government officials limiting media access, while still getting their message to the public directly via social media.
Well, he is a communist, and a pretty avowed one at that. So until he has his own state-run media that he can rely on under penalty of, say, shipping off wayward reporters to Siberia, or maybe a gulag in Connecticut, why should he risk the wrong message getting out, particularly when he can pretend social media press releases, self-serving as they are, count as news? Which, to many of our contemporary journalists who are nothing more than stenographers for big government progressivism, they essentially are.
And of course, the people of New York who elected him shouldn’t much care one way or the other. Hearing the wrong things upsets them (this is why we need Republicans to leave New York, and take their stupid faces with them), which I guess is why they decided to put in office someone who would tell them exactly what they wanted to hear — even if that meant they’d be kept blissfully ignorant while wearing their cosmopolitan badges as high-minded leftists with conspicuous honor.
— As the state economy erodes, and they return to the glory days of David Dinkins, and before that, the NY so wonderfully captured in nearly every major gritty 70s police procedural or crime pic. Sweathogs, street crime, race wars, and garbage strikes! Nirvana!