New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today that the New Times and The New Post have filed a lawsuit against each other.
De Blasio said in a statement:The New York Press Club has been served a complaint in Federal Court in New York alleging that the publication of false, misleading, and defamatory statements and materials by each Defendant.
The complaint alleges that Defendants have repeatedly defamed, maligned, and intimidated The New Times, and that they have engaged in a pattern of malicious, deceptive, and threatening conduct against The New Press Club.
The complaint also alleges that the Defendants have been negligent with respect to the conduct of their employees.
De Blasio said that The New New York Observer was the first news outlet to respond to his announcement.
“The Times and New York News Group are filing these lawsuits to make sure that the press is held accountable when the press fails to uphold its responsibilities to the public,” he said.
“This case highlights that the American press is not immune to malicious and deceptive conduct, and this action will send a clear message to the press that it will not be tolerated.”
DeBlasio added that the lawsuit will be pursued aggressively by both sides.
As The New Yorker’s own Nick Baumann notes, this case was launched by the Times and its parent company, News Corp. “The complaint against The Times and News Corp.” reads.
In his statement, the mayor noted that he was “very proud” of News Corp for stepping up and taking action.
“This is a great step in the right direction for New York,” DeBlasio said.
“But as we’ve said repeatedly, our media must remain the conscience of the country and not the mouthpiece for the Democratic Party.
News Corp is not just a news organization.
Its CEO is Rupert Murdoch.
Its chief executive officer is Jeff Bezos.
Its chairman and CEO is Anthony Scaramucci.
Its editorial page editor is Matt Taibbi.
Its managing editor is Bill Kristol.
Its columnist is David Brooks.
Its deputy managing editor and chief legal officer are John Dickerson and Matt Bai.
Its news director is Andrew Sullivan.
Its public editor is Maggie Haberman.
Its senior editor is Jonathan Martin.
Its Washington bureau chief is Chris Cillizza.
Its producer is Mike Allen.
Its reporter is Chris Christie.
Its assistant managing editor for political coverage is Jennifer Bendery.
Its political reporter is Mike Levine.
Its editor-in-chief is Josh Barro.
Its director of news is David E. Sanger.
Its business reporter is Josh Sandin.
Its online correspondent is David K. Schneider.
Its digital news editor is Mark Blumenthal.
Its local bureau chief, and its international correspondent, are John Grisham and David Carr.
Its investigative reporter is Ryan Shapiro.
Its executive editor is Matthew Yglesias.
Its lead photojournalist, and the Washington bureau’s chief photojournalists, are Jonathan Martin and Brian Stelter.
Its foreign correspondent is John Solomon.
Its bureau chief in Europe is Michael Oreskes.
Its international affairs correspondent is Nicholas Kristof.
Its domestic bureau chief and chief photographer is Alex Blumberg.
Its studio chief in North America is Jennifer Jacobs.
Its global bureau chief for Africa and the Middle East is Sarah Binder.
Its regional bureau chief has Brian Stenner.
Its head of digital for international affairs is Sam Kieth.
Its world bureau chief chief for international coverage is David Seaman.
Its Latin America bureau chief also has Sam Kiah.
Its Asia bureau chief serves as the editor of the organization’s Latin America division.
Its Europe bureau chief includes a team of reporters who cover the European Union, Russia, China, and Japan.
Its Africa bureau chief covers Africa and Central and South America.
Its Middle East bureau chief works with the Middle Eastern bureau on the Middle-East division.
Its Asia bureau has two reporters.
Its U.S. bureau has one.
Its Pacific bureau has a reporter.
Its International bureau has an Asia division reporter.
Its Middle East and Africa bureau has several reporters.
The Times did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
According to the lawsuit, NewsCorp is alleged to have “published articles falsely claiming that Mr. Murdoch had personally ordered the hacking of the emails of the New Yorker and that he had sought to silence the publication by publicly denouncing its coverage of him.”
According the lawsuit , News Corp has also “published information about the New Yorkers’ personal life in an effort to disparage them, and have published material about Mr. DeBlasi’s wife, Marla, in an attempt to discredit her.”
The lawsuit also states that “the publication of the ‘Dirty Jobs’ article, along with News Corp’s subsequent publication of articles that are false, defamulatory, libelous, and otherwise offensive, including that of the former ‘Dirtiest Job’ editor, Mr. Bloomberg, has led to a decline in trust between the public and the