It was less than a year ago that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio did his best Donald Trump impression, blasting the media for dividing the country and promoting racist ideals throughout the airwaves. The mayor’s critique didn’t get framed as a war against journalism, of course, because instead of attacking The New York Times or CNN, he went after every mainstream journalist’s favorite whipping boy: Fox News and the rest of the Murdoch media empire.
From CNN, last August:
De Blasio said he believes that Donald Trump would not have won the presidency if Murdoch-run media businesses, including News Corp and Fox News, never existed. And the country would be “more unified” without those outlets, he said.
“There would be less overt hate, there would be less appeal to racial division,” he said, echoing comments he made to The Guardian last week.
“Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter challenged de Blasio and said “politicians make lousy media critics.” Stelter asserted that the anti-media rhetoric is reminiscent of President Trump’s attacks against news outlets.
De Blasio insisted his stance on Murdoch’s empire is different from Trump’s press attacks. The mayor said he is not anti-media and defends News Corp’s “right to exist.”
“I believe in a free, strong media with diverse views. I’ll defend it with all I’ve got,” de Blasio said. “But we have to be able to call out when a particular company has a corporate agenda, has a political agenda, and has very effectively changed the American discourse.”
But today, de Blasio, who is struggling to even get Americans to realize that he is running for president, is changing his tune a bit.
“Aides to Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City, who scorched the Murdochs last year for ‘creating hatred and negativity and changing our political landscape for the worse,’ recently approached the network,” reported The New York Times. “’We want to talk to all voters about why the mayor is the best candidate for working people — regardless of what news channel they watch,’ a de Blasio spokeswoman, Olivia Lapeyrolerie, said on Sunday.
“Mr. de Blasio’s change of heart could be about his newly announced presidential ambitions. But it also speaks to the improbable way that Fox News — a network whose prime-time hours are often devoted to praising the president and skewering prominent Democrats — has squirreled itself into the heart of the Democratic primary,” continued the report.
Yes, yes, the Murdochs and Fox News are the devils of American politics…right up until you need them for your flailing campaign.
Say what you will about Elizabeth Warren, but at least she’s standing on principle. De Blasio is just a phony opportunist. Fox News shouldn’t sully its airwaves with his hypocrisy.