A man who sounded suspiciously like comedian Louis C.K. came to Bill de Blasio’s defense Tuesday on a radio call-in program about the New York mayor’s descent in public opinion polls.
Identifying himself as “Louie in the Village,” the caller echoed some of de Blasio’s complaints about the news media.
“I really like this mayor, and it bothered me that there’s sort of a culture of click bait in the news right now that only little negative stories get attention,” the caller told WNYC radio host Brian Lehrer.
Louis C.K., the Emmy Award-winning star of the FX television show that bears his name, has been shadowing de Blasio for what he described only as an forthcoming project. On Aug. 4, he surprised City Hall reporters by showing up at meeting of the Financial Control Board, usually a soporific affair dealing in municipal fiscal matters
Karen Hinton, the mayor’s spokeswoman, said the office assumed it was Louis C.K. who called in.
The caller Tuesday was referring to a spate of reports portraying the 54-year-old mayor as out of touch, including stories about his 90-minute-plus workout at a Brooklyn gym last week during a police standoff with a career criminal who burned his Staten Island house and shot a firefighter who came to investigate.
That report followed others blaming the mayor for street homelessness, complete with pictures of public urination in the New York Post, where columnist Michael Goodwin has taken to calling de Blasio “Mayor Putz,” a Yiddish vulgarity.
The mayor has arrived late to scheduled events, from ribbon-cuttings to a memorial ceremony in Queens last November for families who lost loved ones in the 2001 crash of Flight 587, triggering previous waves of critical commentary.
Only 44 percent of voters approved of the mayor’s performance, according to the survey by Quinnipiac University released Aug. 5, the lowest mark since he took office in January 2014.
Supporters of De Blasio, the first Democrat to run City Hall in 20 years, point out that more residents have jobs than ever, crime is on track to set another record low, student test scores have improved and the largest U.S. school system has enacted a universal all-day pre-kindergarten, one of de Blasio’s signature campaign promises.
“He doesn’t go out and hold rallies to prove what he’s doing,” said the caller. “I don’t want a mayor that spends all his time bragging and taking victory laps. You want a guy who does good and then moves on to the next thing. But the press today, they don’t make any money on articles that say, ‘Hey, his job numbers are up.’”