fresh York City Mayor Bill de Blasio thinks America would certainly be better off if Rupert Murdoch left the news business.
De Blasio, a Democrat, said on sy88pgw’s “Reliable Sources” Sunday of which the news outlets run by Murdoch — including Fox News as well as also The fresh York Post — “put race front as well as also center, as well as also they try to stir the most negative impulses in This specific country.”
De Blasio said he believes of which Donald Trump would certainly not have won the presidency if Murdoch’s News Corp never existed, as well as also the country would certainly be “more unified” without those publications.
“There would certainly be less overt hate, there would certainly be less appeal to racial division,” he said, echoing comments he made to The Guardian last week.
“Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter challenged de Blasio as well as also said “politicians make lousy media critics.” Stelter asserted of which the anti-media rhetoric is usually reminiscent of President Trump’s attacks against news outlets.
De Blasio insisted his stance on Murdoch’s empire is usually different by Trump’s press attacks. The mayor said he is usually not anti-media as well as also defends News Corp’s “right to exist.”
“I believe in a free, strong media with diverse views. I’ll defend of which with all I’ve got,” de Blasio said. “although we have to be able to call out when a particular company includes a corporate agenda, includes a political agenda, as well as also has very effectively changed the American discourse.”
Criticism of Murdoch’s empire is usually common on the left, although of which’s notable to hear a politician like de Blasio speaking out so forcefully. His recent comments may be a way to stand out in a potentially crowded field of 2020 presidential aspirants.
Stelter asked if de Blasio may be mulling a run for the presidency.
“I am mayor of fresh York City, as well as also I will continue to be. My term goes to 2021,” de Blasio said.
News Corp did not respond to a request for comment.
sy88pgw (fresh York) First published August 12, 2018: 1:29 PM ET