Mayor Bloomberg on the brink: Testy exchange with reporters leads to threat of ending press conferences


NY Daily News: It’s the first mayor’s race in over a decade in which Mayor Bloomberg hasn’t been on the ballot — and he’s getting really, really sick of being asked  about it.

“I have not listened to one campaign speech, or seen one ad or watched one  debate,” he told reporters Thursday as he swatted away questions about the  race. “I don’t find it interesting.”

In the latest in a series of testy exchanges Bloomberg has had with reporters  in recent weeks, the mayor became so irritated with the press corps that he  threatened to stop holding press conferences if the flood of questions about the race doesn’t end.

“I’m not going to bother with the press conferences. There’s just no reason to do it,” the mayor huffed during a question and answer session held after an  announcement about air quality in the city.

“I think it’s very important that we talk to the public and that we answer the press’ questions. But you just gotta restrict the questions to things that are germane to what our administration is doing,” he said.

The actions of the Bloomberg administration have been central issues on the  campaign trail, with candidates regularly asked which Bloomberg programs and policies they’ll continue and which ones will come to an end.

Democratic hopeful Bill de Blasio won his party’s nomination in part by  criticizing Bloomberg and painting rival Christine Quinn as too close to the  mayor but Bloomberg said he can’t worry about what his would-be successors are  going to do.

“I’ve got to worry about the city and that’s what we’re going to do,” he  said, telling reporters: “You just got to stop making every press conference —  all you want to do is ask about things you know I’m not going to say.”

To make his point, the mayor gestured toward the back of the room at two  reporters who had just asked him questions about the mayoral race. “These two young ladies in the back know full well that I’m not going to answer their questions,” he said. “So, you know, we’re just, we’re wasting everybody’s time.”

When a reporter ignored his protests and asked him what he thought about  remarks Republican nominee Joe Lhota made about rival Bill de Blasio, the  mayor’s anger grew. “Ask Joe Lhota!” he cried. “I’m not Joe Lhota!”

To another scribe who asked about overcrowding in the city’s classrooms, the  mayor responded with dripping sarcasm. “Let’s just go back to when the school system was loaded with crime,” he  said.

But it was one question, about how much credit his administration should  take for the gains the city has seen over the years on crime and health issues,  that really sent him over the edge. “That’s a dumb question, it really is,” Bloomberg snapped.

Finally, a reporter asked the mayor why he was so angry with the city’s  press corps.

“I’m not,” he shot back, “but there are so many things that are important, and to ask things that I have no knowledge about, or shouldn’t be commenting  about is a shame, because the public really does need to know about, for  example, the [air quality] announcement today.”

At multiple points throughout the event, the mayor’s press secretary jumped  in, trying to put an end to the increasingly awkward exchange.

“Last question,” Marc LaVorgna, the press secretary, said about five times  during the press conference.

“Why don’t I just listen to him and say, ‘Enough?’ ” the mayor asked, before  taking a final query.


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Dr. Eowyn

Inside Mayor Thin Skin is a wannabe Nazi just waiting to burst out. So ironic that Bloomberg, a Jew, still hasn’t learnt from the horrific legacy of totalitarian dictators of the 20th century. But then that’s why we say Leftism is a mental disorder.


And DeBlasio is an outright leftist, not just a limousine-liberal leftist like Bloomberg.

Vic Bailey

Sounds to me like he has a GOD complex, he thinks that only he knows what the public wants to hear! Just like Bama, Kerry, McCain, Reid, Pelosi, Graham, Feinstein, and 3/4 of all demoCRAPS! ! ! Semper Fi.


He’s really full of himself, isn’t he.

Dave McMullen
Dave McMullen

So end the Press conference …No one cares to hear you anyway.


The socialist liberals are on pms lately. The little hitler of nyc knows his rein of terror is coming to an end. The pos in d.c. is coming unglued with so many lies he broke his nose off when he turned to leave the stage. His obammiecare is imploding on itself and he wants the poor working people to believe it’s all the Rebublicans, Tea partiers, and Fox News’s fault. Narsistic people will never take the blame for failure, instead they want to blame everyone else. Their reins are falling and so are their mental stabality. People like these are… Read more »

Alice Wolf
Alice Wolf

Notice noone asked him about Randy Credico? The Tax Wall Street guy? Webster Tarpley is rooting for him and his campaign manager is on World Crisis Radio show most weeks, and has interesting things to say about him and the other candidates. It is truly important who will be the next Mayor of NYC and none of the candidates have come with a honest reply about where the money will come from to fund any of their programs. Bloomberg has managed to keep NY still appear to be SOMEWHERE, but the candidates apart from Mr Credico are so insipid I… Read more »