New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has been pleading with residents to practice social distancing for months amid the novel coronavirus pandemic and has even gone so far as to encourage them to turn in their neighbors or anyone for that matter who violates the rules.
My message to the Jewish community, and all communities, is this simple: the time for warnings has passed. I have instructed the NYPD to proceed immediately to summons or even arrest those who gather in large groups. This is about stopping this disease and saving lives. Period.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) April 29, 2020
When there was a Jewish funeral for a well-respected rabbi in Brooklyn, De Blasio blasted the group of mourners and threatened them with arrest.
“I have instructed the NYPD to proceed with immediately to summons or even arrest those who gather in large groups. This is about stopping this disease and saving lives. Period,” he said in a tweet posted on May, 28.
Earlier today the NYPD shut down a Yeshiva conducting classes with as many as 70 children. I can’t stress how dangerous this is for our young people. We’re issuing a Cease and Desist Order and will make sure we keep our communities and our kids safe.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) May 18, 2020
Despite the backlash he faced for singling out the Jews, he doubled down, defended his earlier statement and again called out a “Yeshiva”, a Jewish school, in a tweet posted on May, 18. The NYPD and the Mayor “shut down” the school for holding classes and issued “a Cease and Desist Order.”
When riots broke out this week across New York City, as thousands of people gathered in the streets in response to the tragic death of the unarmed black man, George Floyd, by a Minneapolis police officer, De Blasio didn’t have much to say. In fact, there was an obvious lack of face masks and social distancing seemed non-existent in the crowds that marched down the city streets.
De Blasio, however, turned his nose to that and encouraged it even as the frustrated crowds grew violent and destructive.
De Blasio’s selective enforcement of the social distancing orders and lockdowns became all too clear as he and others unnecessarily traveled and gathered in large groups across the city.
PHOTO of @NYCMayor @BilldeBlasio failing to social distance moments ago in Williamsburg where people failed to social distance at a funeral the same day that thousands of New Yorkers failed to distance for 45 minutes to watch a flyover. pic.twitter.com/yvxy1aR6Vg
— OJPAC (@OJPAC) April 29, 2020
There was an ordered curfew on Monday night, but the police were outnumbered and failed to enforce it. And what happened before nightfall is telling as the NYPD cleared a park of Orthodox Jewish women and children in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Shameful day & night for our beloved city. Mothers & children evicted from parks in Williamsburg during daylight hours while Manhattan burns after dark. Yes Mr. Mayor a tale of two cities is the sad reality. pic.twitter.com/8IRfJrzsRf
— Chaskel Bennett (@ChaskelBennett) June 2, 2020
“Under the leadership of Mayor Bill de Blasio, seeing the NYPD yesterday kick mothers and children out of a Williamsburg Park while simultaneously allowing New York City to burn at the hands of rioters shows the Mayor’s true feelings about his Jewish constituents. We are calling on the Mayor to stop his double standards when it comes to the Jewish community and to treat everyone equally,” Liora Rez, Director of StopAntisemitism.org, told this reporter Tuesday.
When the Mayor’s daughter, Chiara, 25, was arrested late Saturday for her role in the protests, he defended her. According to the New York Post, she was allegedly blocking traffic and refused to move.
NYPD Cop attacked in the Bronx. I guess the critics will now say he overreacted. NYPD Cops defend yourselves, you are alone! pic.twitter.com/424w5bZbC6
— SBA (@SBANYPD) June 2, 2020
— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) June 1, 2020
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo blasted de Blasio during his press conference Tuesday for refusing the support of the National Guard by insisting that the police could handle it on their own.
“The Mayor of New York City says he doesn’t need the National Guard and he doesn’t think they would be helpful and he can do it with the NYPD,” Gov. Cuomo said. “First, the NYPD and the Mayor did not do their job last night. I believe that. Second, you have 38,000 NYPD people. It is the largest police department in the United States of America. Use 38,000 people and protect property. Use the police, protect property and people.”
“Look at the videos. It was a disgrace. I believe that. I believe the Mayor underestimates the scope of the problem. I think he underestimates the duration of the problem. And I don’t think they used enough police to address the situation because it’s inarguable that that was not addressed last night. Facts.”
No cops anywhere. People are speeding down the street in SUVs. Total lawlessness https://t.co/CSmV9NZvgy
— Rachel Olding (@rachelolding) June 2, 2020
Cuomo added that the situation “was inexcusable” and that his offers to deploy the National Guard fell on deaf ears. “My option is to displace the Mayor of New York City and bring in the National Guard as the Governor in a State of Emergency and basically take over… the Mayor’s job, you’d have to displace the Mayor, right” but that action, he said, would do harm than good in the “already chaotic” environment.
Ed Mullins, President of the Sergeant’s Benevolent Association, an NYPD Union, told this reporter Tuesday the de Blasio’s failure to activate necessary resources has left the police force feeling helpless.
“The Mayor’s playing politics, Jennie,” Mullins said. “What’s happening here is the NYPD are losing control of their city. I have emails and messages from NYPD members of a variety of ranks that are begging for help. And they all say our hands our being tied, we cannot respond, we’re not utilizing the equipment we have in order to end this. The only reason they are going to work is for the people who stand to the left of them and to the right of them. They feel defeated and they believe we are losing this city and that the Mayor has done nothing as have the police commissioner and the chiefs who the rank and file feel they’ve abandoned. We’re beyond doing anything at this point.”
“It’s gonna be another bad night. We had a sergeant last night run over with a car, we had firebombings to our vehicles, we had Molotov cocktails thrown into our vehicle. This has gone on with our hands tied. We are being told to stand down. And the public needs to know this. The people who live in this city are being abandoned and we’re not able to help them. The NYPD is very capable of addressing this. Why is it that everyone is saying that we have everything, that we should be able to do this and we’re not doing a good job, because we’re being held back. The Mayor needs to lead and he’s not. And we’re going to get people killed.”
The Mayor in NYC has lost control of the mob and of the city.
The Mayor is preventing the NYPD to take the actions necessary to stop brutal attacks on police and citizens.
He is even falsely accusing NYPD of taking excessive action when he has made them punching bags.
— Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) June 2, 2020
Gov. Cuomo should remove Mayor DiBlasio. He is preventing the NYPD from taking the actions that have prevented riots in the past. Surely, you remember the Gigante report which helped me prevent riots under circumstances of long protests with many attempts to turn them violent.
— Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) June 2, 2020
Mayor de Blasio needs to step down. He is incompetent. We are losing a tremendous amount of property. We are seeing people damaged and hurt.
Pretty soon, we're going to lose lives if this man doesn't get out of the way and let someone activate the police department!
— Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) June 2, 2020
In a series of Tweets posted Tuesday, Former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani pressured Gov. Cuomo to oust de Blasio. “Gov. Cuomo should remove Mayor DiBlasio,” Guiliani wrote. “He is preventing the NYPD from taking the actions that have prevented riots in the past. Surely, you remember the Gigante report which helped me prevent riots under circumstances of long protests with many attempts to turn them violent.”
During his presser Tuesday, Gov. Cuomo, however, said he wasn’t at the point of removing the Mayor from his position. The Mayor’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The story will be updated if one is received.
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Rupert Murdoch Steps Down as Chairman of Fox Corporation and News Corp
Rupert Murdoch, the 92-year-old media tycoon, announced his decision to step down from his roles as Chairman of Fox Corporation and Executive Chairman of News Corp on Thursday. The transition is set to take effect in November, with his son, Lachlan Murdoch, assuming the position of sole chairman for both media conglomerates.
According to reports from Fox News, Murdoch addressed his colleagues in a letter, where he explained that his decision was prompted by a desire to embrace new roles while recognizing the capable leadership of his son, Lachlan. He stated, “For my entire professional life, I have been engaged daily with news and ideas, and that will not change. But the time is right for me to take on different roles, knowing that we have truly talented teams and a passionate, principled leader in Lachlan who will become sole Chairman of both companies.”
Despite the transition, Rupert Murdoch made it clear that he would remain actively involved in the “contest of ideas,” highlighting the intensifying battle over freedom of speech and freedom of thought. He criticized elites and the media for prioritizing narratives over the pursuit of truth.
“In my new role, I can guarantee you that I will be involved every day in the contest of ideas,” he wrote.
Lachlan Murdoch issued a statement, congratulating his father for his remarkable 70-year career and acknowledging his enduring impact on the companies he founded. He expressed gratitude for Rupert Murdoch’s vision, pioneering spirit, and steadfast determination, assuring that he would continue to provide valuable counsel in his role as Chairman Emeritus.
Rupert Murdoch’s media empire includes FOX News Channel, which has been a dominant force in 24-hour news coverage since its launch in 1996. Under his leadership, it became one of the world’s most influential news sources. Additionally, Murdoch served as the CEO of 21st Century Fox from 1979 until 2015 and as its Chairman from 1991 to 2015.
Murdoch’s career began in 1954 when he assumed control of News Limited, a public corporation in Australia previously led by his father. He expanded his media holdings internationally, acquiring major UK publications like News of the World and The Sun in 1969, as well as U.S. newspapers including the New York Post and The Village Voice.
His impact extended to television with the launch of the FOX Broadcasting company in 1986 and the subsequent establishment of FOX Sports. In 2019, Fox Corporation emerged as a standalone, publicly traded entity following the separation of 21st Century Fox, redefining the U.S. media landscape.
Rupert Murdoch’s contributions to the media industry have earned him numerous accolades, including the Companion of the Order of Australia (A.C.) and induction into the Television Academy Hall of Fame. Alongside his family, he has supported various charitable organizations across the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Asia, and Israel.
The transition of leadership marks a significant moment in the media world, as Rupert Murdoch’s enduring legacy continues to influence the future of media and journalism.
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