De Blasio tightly restricts reporters at inauguration


Ross Barkan
Politicker
January 2, 2013

New York City's new mayor, Bill de Blasio, restricted media access to his inauguration much like how Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings restricted access to the JFK anniversary this past November.

New York City’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, restricted media access to his inauguration much like how Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings restricted access to the JFK anniversary this past November. Credit: Kevin Case via Wiki


Mr. de Blasio, looking confident between indecipherable small talk and endless photos–chugging a can of Limoncello to keep fresh in his dark suit and red tie–was feted as the sudden hero of progressives and good-government advocates across the city.

But the inauguration, which was touted before-hand as “one of the most open and accessible swearing-in events in New York City history,” also provided a window into how the administration will handle the new crush of attention, with Mr. de Blasio–a former political operative known to be image-conscious–keping certain aspects of the event tightly controlled.

Along with Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Michael Bloomberg, Andrew Cuomo and the other stars who graced the inauguration stage, various non-political New Yorkers were asked to join them, lending the event an even more populist tinge. Hours before the speeches began, those New Yorkers sat quietly on folding chairs in the City Hall rotunda. But when Politicker approached a man to ask him about how it felt to take part in the inauguration, security quickly circled and demanded the interview end.

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