Bloomberg Wants To Move On From ‘Disgrace’ Comment

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bloomberg.jpgMayor Michael Bloomberg wants to forget last week’s episode where he called a reporter a “disgrace” for asking a question he didn’t like.

The mayor would not say Monday whether he regrets the widely publicized remark. But he said he will be judged on what he does and who he is, and said most people know him by now.

Bloomberg was upset last week when reporter Azi Paybarah from the New York Observer asked if the improving economy undercuts his reason for changing the term-limits law so that he could run again this year.

“If the economy is turning around, as you said, does that mean the rationale for changing term limits …” but before he could finish, Bloomberg jumped in:

“If … don’t know why … if we have a serious question,” hizzoner said.

The reporter tried to finish his question but he was cut off.

“If you have a serious question about the economy I will be happy to answer it,” Bloomberg said.

The mayor ended his press conference and then went over to the reporter and said: “You are a disgrace.”

Many would say the reporter’s question was relevant, especially since the city’s failing economy is one of the reasons Bloomberg sought an exemption from term limits.

Back on Oct. 2, 2008, Bloomberg said: “To put it in very practical terms, handling the financial crisis while strengthening essential services such as education and public safety is a challenge I want to take on for the people of New York.”

A spokesperson for the mayor contacted Paybarah on Thursday night to apologize.

(Source: WCBSTV)




4 COMMENTS

  1. “But he said he will be judged on what he does and who he is, and said most people know him by now.”

    That’s right! We know he is arrogant! We know he is completely out of touch with the common hard working New Yorker! We know he is Pro Toieva Marriage! We know he is Pro partial birth abortion! We know he never gave a penny of his “charity” to our local, struggling Yeshivo’s & Mosdos!

  2. Don’t judge the Mayor too harshly. When you have as much money as he does, being conceited is very natural.

    Actually considering how rich he really is, he is quite humble.

  3. WOW! HOW CLASSY! HE ACTUALY TOLD ONE OF HIS GOFERS TO APOLOGIZE! SOUNDS REALY SINCERE! THE FACT IS THIS MAN IS A BILLIONAIRE AND CANT GET OFF HIS HIGH HOARSE AND IF AN AVERAGE JOE ASKS HIM A TOUGH QUESTION THATS RIGHT ON THE MARK HE JUST CANT TAKE IT. HE SHOULD’VE JUST STAID IN THE CORPORATE WORLD WHERE NO ONE WOULD DARE CRITICIZE HIM.

  4. #2 & #3 – You make it sound as though there’s something wrong with having money. Being rich does not automatically make you a an evil person.