DeBlasio lets security remove a reporter for asking questions, just hours before saying this on CNN …

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had no sooner pretended to be a defender of the press before he got his security to physically remove a reporter asking him a question at a news event.

“I believe in a free, strong media with diverse views — I’ll defend it with all I’ve got,” the Democratic mayor declared Sunday on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”

Just a few hours later at the start of the Dominican Day Parade in Manhattan, the mayor stood by and watched as two members of his New York Police Department security detail approached a credentialed New York Post reporter who dared to ask him a question as he posed for pictures.

Kevin Sheehan asked de Blasio about a New York Post front page story titled “City For Sale” in which the mayor’s alleged frequent meetings with lobbyists was under fire. The mayor made no attempt to answer, or even decline to answer, when suddenly Sheehan was confronted.

“Kevin, you have to leave. You can’t be here,” one of the police officers said as the reporter, who was wearing a police-issued press pass was led away.

Along with the other security officer, the pair led Sheehan about a half-block away, where a member of the NYPD’s public information office, Officer Brian Magoolaghan, told him, “Come on, Kevin. No stunts today.”

Of course, this incident comes in the wake of heavy backlash against President Donald Trump for calling the mainstream media “fake news” and even the “enemy of the people.”

De Blasio’s office did not comment to the Post on why the reporter was ejected, but did imply the idea came from the NYPD: “The Department takes appropriate and necessary measures to protect dignitaries, including the Mayor of the City of New York,”  an email to the Post from the mayor’s public relations team read.

Twitter users slammed the hypocritical mayor for his double standard.

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Frieda Powers

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