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Confronted by Brian Stelter Over Attacks on Press, Bill de Blasio Responds ‘There Is No Trump Without News Corp’

On CNN’s Reliable Sources on Sunday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio discussed the ties between Fox News and the Trump administration with host Brian Stelter. He blasted News Corp properties, like the New York Post, who also happen to be highly critical of the mayor.

“What is your critique of Murdoch?” asked Stelter. “You were quoted recently by the Guardian saying ‘imagine the country if Murdoch never had papers or networks here.’”

“We would be a more unified country. There would be less overt hate, there would be less appeal to division, I guarantee it,” said the Mayor. “Because what Murdoch did through Fox News and the New York Post among others, is to create a dynamic where that stuff could come out in the open.”

“There is no Donald Trump without News Corp,” he added. “I firmly believe that. He never gets to the presidency because he would never have been elevated the way he was consistently for years and years.”

“We have to be able to call out when a particular company has a corporate agenda, has a political agenda, and has very effectively changed the American discourse,” he said. “Today you have one outlet and one outlet only that is constantly sewing division.”

“So you would rather not have The New York Post or Fox News exist,” Stelter prompted.

“Look, it’s a free country. I’m saying because they exist we’ve been changed for the worst,” he replied.

“Isn’t that like saying they are fake news or they’re an enemy of the people?” asked Stelter.

“No, because I think what the president tried to do is create a dynamic that’s anti-media, anti-free speech, undermining democratic norm,” said de Blasio.

“Sure sounds like you feel anti-media feelings,” said Stelter.

“No, I feel anti News Corp. feelings,” said de Blasio.

“I had staffers at the New York Post this week saying to me you’re doing exactly what President Rump does,” said Stelter, referring to the Mayor attacking papers that are critical of him as being false or dangerous.

Stelter confronted the Mayor with some of his past commentary about the press.

“What I was calling out is the sensationalism,” said de Blasio. “Which creates a bad civic discourse.”

The mayor continued to argue that it’s different when he criticizes the press.

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