De Blasio calls tabloid coverage of Chirlane ‘disturbing,’ ‘inappropriate’

Mayor Bill de Blasio de Blasio said the New York Post and Daily News covers suggested "a tremendous misunderstanding of what it is to be a parent, what it is to be a mother.". Credit: Getty Images/Mike Pont/FilmMagic
Mayor Bill de Blasio de Blasio said the New York Post and Daily News covers suggested “a tremendous misunderstanding of what it is to be a parent, what it is to be a mother.”.
Credit: Getty Images/Mike Pont/FilmMagic

A magazine’s cover story focused on New York City’s first lady spurred local tabloids to speculate on Chirlane McCray’s parenting.

New York Magazine spent some 5,800 words exploring McCray’s background, her relationship with her mayor husband and her role in City Hall.

By Monday morning, New York Post and Daily News distilled it into “I was a bad mom” and “Didn’t want to be a mom” on their respective covers.

At an unrelated press conference, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the covers suggested “a tremendous misunderstanding of what it is to be a parent, what it is to be a mother.”

“I think a lot of women are offended,” the mayor said. “A lot of hard-working women in this city are offended. I think both the Post and the Daily News owe Chirlane an apology.”

The mayor accused the newspapers of misrepresenting McCray’s words and caricaturing the lives of working mothers.

De Blasio praised Chirlane for what he called her ability to take care of their children, Chiara and Dante, as well as assisting with both his and McCray’s mother.

This isn’t the first time that McCray has dealt accusations regarding misrepresented comments about parenting.

During last year’s elections, mayoral candidate and former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn demanded an apology from McCray for comments to the New York Times.

McCray had been quoted by the Times as having called Quinn “not accessible” to voters on the subject of raising children at a young age, which Quinn took as a slight to her childless family.

The de Blasio campaign responded by releasing full audio of the interview, which the Times and Quinn said did not alter the substance of McCray’s quote despite a correction by the paper.

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