New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) targeted conservative media outlets and Rupert Murdoch’s media empire Tuesday during an interview with The Guardian, saying he wishes the U.S. could “remove” unfavorable outlets “from the last 25 years of American history.”
DeBlasio insisted that “if you could remove News Corp from the last 25 years of American history, we would be in an entirely different place.” Gotham’s mayor also condemned Murdoch and Fox News for President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential election victory and its aftermath.
Without Murdoch and Fox News, de Blasio said “we would be a more unified country. We would not be suffering a lot of the negativity and divisiveness we’re going through right now. I can’t ignore that.”
DeBlasio’s targeting conservative media outlets comes as the nation debates Trump’s controversial comments about “Fake News” and his “enemy of the people” label. Trump explained Thursday on Twitter that “they asked my daughter Ivanka whether or not the media is the enemy of the people. She correctly said no. It is the FAKE NEWS, which is a large percentage of the media, that is the enemy of the people!”
They asked my daughter Ivanka whether or not the media is the enemy of the people. She correctly said no. It is the FAKE NEWS, which is a large percentage of the media, that is the enemy of the people!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2018
Even so, the label again hit the headlines last week when CNN’s Jim Acosta challenged White House press secretary Sarah Sanders during Thursday’s press briefing to denounce her boss’s use of the phrase. Acosta’s grandstanding dominated coverage of the briefing.
To be fair, de Blasio has also criticized the liberal-leaning New York Daily News and The New York Times for their coverage of his administration of …read more