A force sympathetic to Channel 11′s Mary Murphy comes out swinging.
As we reported yesterday, an angered Mayor Bloomberg lost his cool for the City to see, when he didn’t like a question by the seasoned WPIX reporter.
Well, one viewer objected to Hizzoner’s less-than-professional meltdown at the press conference.
The outraged individual, who goes by the handle, TheNews Diva, started a petition simply seeking an apology from Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
Bloomberg has made gun control one of his key initiatives, and has gone so far as to have ads running during the Olympics. However, the controversial matter of discarded shell casings got under Bloomberg’s skin yesterday.
When pressed by Murphy asking if the city would change its policy, as we reported yesterday, the Mayor would have none of it.
“Either you want to ask a question and I give you an answer, or please come to the next press conference and stand in the back,” Bloomberg told Murphy. “I’m happy to answer your question, thank you very much. But I’ve given you the courtesy and I expect the same courtesy. Thank you very much.”
The petition on change.org is titled, Mayor of New York City: Apologize to Mary Murphy, WPIX News Reporter.
As written in the overview, “You appeared upset, even uncomfortable by being asked such a question. You proceeded to treat Ms. Murphy with such disrespect and unprofessionalism.”
The person adds, “Ms. Murphy was then manhandled by your representation and was pushed, shoved, and treated like she was a criminal … Is this how all female reporters should be treated Mr. Mayor? Was it necessary for you to insult, intimidate and embarrass Ms. Murphy in this manner?”
The person, who created the petition, is seeking 200 signatures, although it’s not clear what happens if that many or more sign-off on the petition.
If you missed the exchange between Bloomberg and Murphy, see the video below.