City Hall Dispatch: Bloomie sez back-off!
Bloomberg and bald-eagle via Piano Lady @ Flickr
Mayor Michael Bloomberg told the press to lay off Republican vice-presidential Sarah Palin's family, after a 48-hour media feeding frenzy turned a spotlight on Palin's unmarried pregnant teenage daughter, Bristol.
"People in the families have a right to privacy too," the mayor said at an afternoon press conference. "They are not the candidates. I know everybody says, 'oh well, if she is vice-president then her family is fair game. I dont happen to believe that. The family has a right to their own lives."
Bloomberg's own daughters, Emma, 29, and Georgina, 25, have kept a studiously low-profile through their father's administration, though the younger one is well-known on the equestrian circuit.
Earlier in the day, the mayor praised the role of an active press corps in helping to bring to light a new initiative of his which would post bullying incidents from local schools online.
"Hopefully if somebody is reading what your write or what you put on the air thats the way you inform people," he said. "Thats the fourth estates job in a democracy."