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Is the New York Media Picking on Bill DeBlasio's Wife?
Last week New York mayor, Bill DeBlasio openly chastised the New York Post for what he viewed was an unfair report about his wife's view of motherhood. Chirlane McCray expressed conflicted feelings after the birth of her first child after the real prospect of leaving a thriving corporate career was likely.
The Post blasted of McCray: I Was a Bad Mom!”
The headlines referred to a profile in this week’s New York magazine in which Ms. McCray, describing the birth of her first child, said she had struggled to balance her independence and professional career with the newfound responsibilities of being a mother.
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“I was 40 years old; I had a life,” Ms. McCray told the magazine. “The truth is, I could not spend every day with her. I didn’t want to do that. I looked for all kinds of reasons not to do it.” She added: “It took a long time for me to get into ‘I’m taking care of kids,’ and what that means.”
Ms. McCray, in the interview, said she still felt guilty about the experience.
Mr. de Blasio, who has taken pains to portray his wife as a prominent and powerful member of his administration, decided midday on Monday that he wanted to address the headlines, and ordered his aides to organize a question-and-answer session with reporters.
“It suggests a tremendous misunderstanding of what it means to be a parent, what it means to be a mother,” Mr. de Blasio said of the coverage.
“A lot of hardworking women in this city are offended,” Mr. de Blasio added. “I think both The Post and The Daily News owe Chirlane an apology. I think they owe all of us an apology.”
Michelle Obama has been the recipient of similar media pot shots, which leads some to ponder whether black wives of politicians are subjected to harsher and more unfair criticism.
What do you think? Is there a media bias?
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