Did you miss this fascinating study in pre-emptive damage control last week?

On Christmas Eve, NYC mayor-to-be Bill de Blasio‘s transition team released a candid, one-on-one video in which his daughter Chiara tells of suffering through depression while at college and eventually seeking professional help after self-medicating with alcohol and marijuana.

The clip is a combination PSA/reality TV-style confession produced by the de Blasio family with their own money, and it might raise more questions than it answers.

It’s also a great example of the latest step in the evolution of damage control. We’ll let the elder de Blasio explain in his own words (via Capital New York).

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