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NYC Mayor demands apology over portrayal of wife's comments on motherhood

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 01:41

May 20 - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio demands an apology from a pair of New York tabloids which he says grossly put out of context comments she made in a magazine interview on motherhood. Mana Rabiee reports.

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The headlines were blunt. The First Lady of New York City saying she's a bad mom. That's a gross mischaracterization of her words, said husband and Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday. SOUNDBITE: NEW YORK CITY MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO SAYING: "I think they owe all of us an apology for absolutely misrepresenting what she said and for caricaturing a reality that I think so many women face." Two New York tabloids had cover stories about comments made by Chirlane McCray in a New York Magazine interview on motherhood. 'I was 40 years old.' she told the magazine. 'I had a life.' 'I could not spend every day with her,' referring to daughter Chiara. 'I looked for all kinds of reason not to do it." McCray was talking about the time it took for her to gradually feel comfortable with motherhood after having her first child. But the tabloids, said the Mayor, took her words completely out of context. SOUNDBITE: NEW YORK CITY MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO SAYING: "I love my wife very deeply. She is an extraordinary mother, she always has been. She very much wanted to have children." New York City's first couple have been open about their private lives. Nineteen-year-old Chiara has spoken publicly about her depression and drug use. But THIS, say some New Yorkers, is going too far. SOUNDBITE: BROOKLYN RESIDENT CHRISTINA FALZANO SAYING: "I think branding someone a bad mom because they're willing to admit things are not perfect all the time is ridiculous. I think we're all doing the best we can." SOUNDBITE: BRONX RESIDENT AARON NICKEY SAYING: "It's sad because she spoke the truth and they took it and stretched it out and made it look bad. Especially because she's a black woman." No word if the New York Daily News or the New York Post will apologize for their cover stories. McCray is a Massachusetts native and graduated from Wellesley College.

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NYC Mayor demands apology over portrayal of wife's comments on motherhood

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 01:41