The following is via the Politicker:
Earlier this week, a reporter for WPIX asked Mayor Mike Bloomberg about a report that the city was selling spent shell casings to a gun store in Georgia that recycles them for ammo.
The mayor tried to explain that the city sells its scrap metal to the highest bidder, but when Mary Murphy tried to press him, the mayor shot her back down:
“Either you want to ask a question and I give you an answer, or please come to the next press conference and stand in the back,” Mr. Bloomberg said. “I’m happy to answer your question, thank you very much. But I’ve given you the courtesy and I expect the same courtesy. Thank you very much.”
The folks at WPIX turned this into a story more about the persistent Ms. Murphy trying to get answers to her question than about Mr. Bloomberg’s actual answer (that the city has to sell to the highest bidder to get the best return on its investment and to avoid corruption, and that the gun dealer probably just bought the casings to embarrass him, which struck us as fairly reasonable).
Now, someone who goes by the name “The News Diva,” has started an online petition at the website Change. org that calls on Mayor Bloomberg to apologize to Ms. Murphy.