Bloomberg Hits NY Times for Ignoring Black Teen Murder, Paper Cites Stop and Frisk


New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg accused the New York Times of having a racial double standard because it did not cover the killing of Alphonza Bryant, a black teenager who was shot in the Bronx last week, reports Politico. “There was not even a mention of his murder in our paper of record, the New York Times,” the Mayor said. “Do you think that if a white, 17-year-old prep student from Manhattan had been murdered, the Times would have ignored it? Me neither. I believe that the life of every 17-year-old and every child and every adult is precious.” Times spokesperson Danielle Rhoades Ha responded: “Mayor Bloomberg is trying to deflect criticism of the City's stop-and-frisk practice by accusing The New York Times of bias. Among those critical of the practice is The New York Times editorial board, which is separate from the news side of the newspaper. The Times aggressively covers violence in the city’s neighborhoods, and to select one murder as evidence to the contrary is disingenuous. His claim of racial bias is absurd.”

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