NY Mayor’s Double Standard on 1st Amendment

Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City, is a self-professed populist who says he believes in social justice (socialism), social liberty (socialism), progressive politics (socialism), and inequality of the wealthy (socialism). Get the picture?

He has referred to New York City as a tale of two cities, one city rich and other poor. He tried to place a rent-freeze on all rent-stabilized apartments in the city, but that failed.

Like most socialist Democrat politicians who talk about income inequality and sharing the wealth, there is no strong evidence that he shares much of his wealth (net value estimated at $1.5 million) with poor. Obama preached the same thing, but spent his 8 years in the White House building his fortune which increased by millions of dollars during his two terms. We don’t see him sharing his wealth with others, either. de Blasio also tried to impose a tax on the wealthy, but that was shot down by the state’s socialist governor – Andrew Cuomo.

Since becoming mayor in 2014, de Blasio has often sided with criminals over the New York Police Department. At one point, relations between the NYPD and de Blasio was so poor, that the NYPD and others asked de Blasio NOT to show up at the funerals of officers that had been killed in the line of duty.

Like many Democrats, de Blasio has been highly critical of President Donald Trump’s constant condemnation of the mainstream media. He claims to be a big supporter and believer in the freedom of the press. On Sunday, de Blasio appeared on a national television program where he stated:

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“I believe in a free, strong media with diverse views — I’ll defend it with all I’ve got.”

That is until the press asks him embarrassing questions that he doesn’t want to answer.

Just a couple hours later, de Blasio was at the opening ceremony of the annual Dominican Day Parade where he cut the ribbon to launch the event. At the ribbon cutting, a reporter for the New York Post asked de Blasio to comment on their front page story titled CITY FOR SALE.

Instead of commenting or even saying no comment, the reporter was taken by the arm by de Blasio’s police assigned bodyguards and was then ushered down the block away from the mayor. The reporter was told he had to leave and that he couldn’t be there, even though he had a police-issued press pass hanging around his neck.

The reporter was referring to a story that broke in the NY Post that exposed the fact that city officials had held 136 meetings with lobbyists in the past three months.

When publicly confronted with the facts about the city’s involvement with so many lobbyists, de Blasio changed from being the defender of the press to having the press removed from his presence, clearly displaying his typical Democrat double standard.

He’s quick to condemn Trump of snubbing and criticizing the press and even said he would defend the freedom of the press with all he’s got only to turn around in a just a couple of hours and have a member of the press removed after asking an important question. Like so many other Democrats, freedom of the press ONLY applies when he wants it to apply.


Dave Jolly
R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.
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