De Blasio goes off on media, blames press for portraying protesters as hateful

Tis the season to blame others for your ineptness of communicating and problem solving.

During a news conference on Monday, with nearly four dozen television and still photo cameras assigned to it, New York City mayor Bill De Blasio got heated when speaking to the room on the negative brush back his office had been receiving in the wake of the December 13 Eric Garner protests.

Mayor de Blasio had been seen as emotionless and subdued throughout the protests of recent weeks over deaths of civilians in police custody, as well as the execution style deaths of two NYPD officers last weekend.

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Photo Credit: Rob Bennett/Mayoral Photography Office

When he was asked about anti-cop slogans such as “NYPD KKK” are heard chanted by many demonstrators at protests. The mayor shot back angrily most protesters are peaceful, an that it’s the fault of news media that demonstrators who may be harmful tend to grab headlines.

He said utterance of such slogans was disproportionately reported by various news media, “You’re part of this, too,” the mayor said heatedly to reporters this press conference.

“What you managed to do is pull up the few — who do not represent the majority — who say inappropriate things, who shouldn’t be saying those things, and some who actually physically attack police offices,” de Blasio said.

When the reporter attempted to push back, de Blasio said, “That’s how you want to portray the world… They, my friend, are not the majority. Stop portraying them as a majority.”

Guess the media is the reason members of the NYPD turned their backs on you at the hospital.



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