Hizzoner is getting a big honor indeed – a biography.
Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday that outgoing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is getting a “major biography” by way of author Eleanor Randolph, a longtime journalist and editorial board member for the New York Times.
According to the release, the biography will take an intimate look into the “extraordinary career and legacy of Bloomberg, who revolutionized business reporting, who has been a powerful and innovative mayor of New York City for the last 12 years, and who has become a public figure of national significance.”
Gee, that doesn't sound like a puff piece at all.
It does sound like a puff piece.
Is Eleanor Randolph on the Bloomberg payroll?
Does she want to be on the Bloomberg payroll?
Sure sounds like it from the description of the book.
Bloomberg has tons of of his own journalists on payroll already, from Jonathan Alter to Andrew Kirtzman, who will provide plenty of pro-Bloomberg propaganda in the coming years.
And then we have shills from the NY Times editorial board who look like they're about to add to the pro-Bloomberg propaganda canon.
Will anybody do an independent accounting of the Bloomberg Years?
Will anybody look into the manipulated crime stats?
Or the phonied up graduation rates?
Or how they lied about the test scores?
Or how they lie about emergency response times now?
How about all the scandals - from CityTime to the 911 system that STILL doesn't work and almost killed another person this week to the NYCHA computer mess to the FDNY GPS scandal to the Seedco scandal to the NYCDOE scandals (see here and here) and on and on and on...
And let's not forget the Bloomberg Boxer Day Blizzard disaster, when he couldn't get the streets outside of Manhattan plowed and people died as a result or his downplaying of the seriousness of Sandy prior to Cuomo forcing him to call for an evacuation when the governor shut the MTA down.
So much to scrutinize, but Eleanor Randolph's book doesn't sound like it's going to look into any of that.
Then again, as a member of the NY Times editorial board, she's been responsible for a lot of pro-Bloomberg propaganda in the past, so there's no reason to expect that will change now that the mayor is leaving.