Bloomberg Criticized on Response to Murdoch’s Cartoon

At this morning’s City Hall rally, Councilwoman Letitia James called on black clergy members to block Michael Bloomberg from speaking to their congregations because of his lack of outrage over the controversial cartoon in the New York Post.

Bloomberg told reporters at a press conference ealier today that he accepted Murdoch’s apology at face value. Earlier, Bloomberg acknowledged that some people could be offended by the cartoon, but he didn’t seem perturbed by it.

Bloomberg may have been trying to avoid a clash with Murdoch, with whom he has had a good relationship.

Murdoch is among the contributors to Bloomberg’s effort to improve city schools, and the New York Post offered friendly encouragement for Bloomberg's presidential campaign. The September 15, 2006, editorial was headlined "Run Mike Run."

The Post used the same headline on September 30, 2008 in an editorial enocuraging his effort to change the city’s term limits law and run for mayor again.

Also, Bloomberg recently hired Howard Wolfson, who has most famously worked for Chuck Schumer, Hillary Clinton and the New York State Democratic Party, but has also worked with Murdoch at various times going as far back as 2005.