Mayor Bill de Blasio blasted The New York Post and, to a lesser degree, The New York Daily News for the way it covered First Lady Chirlane McCray’s comments about her early days as a mom.
In an interview with New York magazine, McCray says, “I was 40 years old. I had a life. Especially with Chiara—will we feel guilt forever more? Of course, yes. But the truth is, I could not spend every day with her. I didn’t want to do that. I looked for all kinds of reason not to do it. I love her… It took a long time for me to get into ‘I’m taking care of kids,’ and what that means.”
The Post goes straight for the jugular, noting that the First Couple’s daughter Chiara admitted last year to being in treatment for alcohol and marijuana abuse. “The disclosure — bound to horrify most moms — shatters the carefully crafted image of de Blasio’s close-knit family, which helped vault him into office,” the paper says.
The Mayor called the coverage “disturbing and inappropriate” during a Q&A that he organized to speak with reporters on the matter. He has, according to The New York Times, worked hard to make his wife an important part of his time in office.
“A lot of hardworking women in this city are offended,” said the Mayor. “I think both The Post and The Daily News owe Chirlane an apology. I think they owe all of us an apology.”
Others besides the Mayor took issue with the cover above in particular. Some say McCray shed light on some of the complicated feelings that new moms can have and she shouldn’t be vilified for it. City Councilwoman Laurie A. Cumbo agrees issuing this statement: “As a New York City Council Member and Chair of the Women’s Issues Committee I am outraged by the New York Post and the Daily News criticism of First Lady McCray’s role as a mother. This depiction is completely unfounded and underscores the unfortunate circumstance that women today face; namely that they cannot candidly speak to the challenging realities of balancing the many facets of being a modern-day parent and a professional in the work force.”
The New York City chapter of The National Organization for Women took up a #standwithchirlane hashtag to show its support.
As of now, it doesn’t look like either paper has issued a comment directly. However, The Daily News has published this story in which “every mom in town seems to know exactly what McCray was talking about.”