The mayor said he stands by Noerdlinger, and that she and others in positions like hers shouldn’t be publicly scrutinized for the actions and histories of their families and significant others, but rather for their job performance.
He said that while his family is in the spotlight because he is an elected official, he doesn’t think the family affairs of appointees are fair game.
“Character assassination happens every day in public life,” de Blasio said. What's sad is when it goes beyond the public servant.”
The problem with this statement is that unfortunately, we do not live in a private world anymore, especially not in New York City. And the media would look silly if there was no coverage of the developments surrounding Noerdlinger, who was a controversial appointment.
On a side note, what's even more ridiculous about the statement is that Noerdlinger was paid through taxpayer dollars, so she does have some accountability to the public. If de Blasio wants to pay her salary out of his own pocket, then maybe he can expect some respect of privacy.
Mayor de Blasio said, in not so many words, that the news surrounding Noerdlinger has been an overt attempt at a smear campaign to distract from the progress being made by his administration.
Specifically, he is referring to attempts to claim that Noerdlinger was appointed as a way of showing good faith to Reverend Al Sharpton, who formerly employed Noerdlinger. (Sharpton denies having a part in her appointment.)
One thing in particular that the mayor said on Monday was that “the public doesn’t want to read about these scandals and gossip,” and in that, we believe he is entirely wrong. If people didn’t want to read about scandals and gossip, many of the news outlets in the world would probably not be in business. That’s just the plain, simple truth.
Rather than blaming the media for publishing content about Noerdlinger’s personal life, it may be wiser for the administration to take this time to reflect on the importance of making more strategic appointments.