Thursday, November 5, 2015
DeBlasio will answer questions when he is good and ready
Mayor Bill de Blasio campaigned on a pledge to be the most transparent mayor ever.
But CBS2 Political Reporter Marcia Kramer reported the mayor was aggressively trying to control the message Wednesday – taking reporters’ questions only about once a week on topics he has not pre-approved.
Kramer went toe-to-toe with the mayor’s press secretary about it on Wednesday.
Kramer reported that the late Mayor Ed Koch answered reporters’ questions as many as six times a day, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg did it three or four times a week.
She said she did not recall a mayor who said he was only taking “on-topic” questions one day, and went on to say, “Tomorrow, we’ll talking about other types of topics.”
But press secretary Karen Hinton vehemently defended the practice.