NY Mayor Demands Tabloids Apologize to Wife

Image: NY Mayor Demands Tabloids Apologize to Wife

Tuesday, 20 May 2014 08:12 AM

By Melanie Batley

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio blasted two of the city's tabloids for publishing front-page headlines suggesting his wife, Chirlane McCray, had admitted to being a bad mother after she discussed mixed feelings about balancing her career and new motherhood.

"I was 40 years old; I had a life," McCray told New York Magazine in an interview published this week. "The truth is, I could not spend every day with [daughter Chiara]. 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." She also admitted to feeling guilty about the experience.

Covering the story, the New York Post published a large photo of McCray with the headline, "I Was a Bad Mom." The Daily News also ran a story on its front page with the headline, "Didn't want to be a mom."

The stories prompted de Blasio to lash out during a news conference Monday, calling the portrayal of his wife "disturbing and inappropriate," and demanding the tabloids apologize, according to The New York Times

"It suggests a tremendous misunderstanding of what it means to be a parent, what it means to be a mother," de Blasio said of the coverage, the Times reported.

"A lot of hardworking women in this city are offended," 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."

Since taking office in January, de Blasio has elevated his wife to a prominent and powerful part of the administration, and throughout his campaign, de Blasio's wife and children were featured prominently.

The headlines also provoked anger among some of de Blasio's allies.

"The @nypost’s repulsive distortion of @Chirlane's @NYMag interview, shows that they do not even hold motherhood to be sacred," the Rev. Al Sharpton wrote on Twitter, according to the Times.

The New York chapter of the National Organization for Women addressed the cover on its Twitter account, urging users to write messages of support for Ms. McCray using the hashtag "#standwithchirlane."

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Wisconsin Teachers Choosing to Pull Out of Unions

Monday, 20 Oct 2014 07:13 AM

Increasing numbers of teachers in Wisconsin are choosing not to remain union members now that they have a choice, with m . . .

Comedians Honor Jay Leno with Humor Prize in DC

Monday, 20 Oct 2014 06:20 AM

The joke was on Jay Leno as comedians saluted the former Tonight Show host Sunday when he received the nation's top hu . . .

Report: White House Expects 'Surge' of Immigrants

Sunday, 19 Oct 2014 23:36 PM

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has published a draft solicitation for immigrant identification cards that . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved