Mayor Mike Bloomberg did his regular Friday stint on John Gambling’s radio show this morning, and talk turned to his recent fight with the United Federation of Teachers over a new teacher evaluation system the mayor wants to put in.
And to proof his point the mayor cited a number of recent articles about the skills necessary for jobs in the future in The Atlantic, The Times and elsewhere, including a recent editorial in his own Bloomberg View.
“Bloomberg View had an editorial today on the State of the Union speech,” the mayor said, channeling the unsigned editorial, “They think he should have focused more on the real world is education and let’s not go bash China and try to have a trade war, that is not going to help us at all. That market is going to be bigger than our market. We need to sell stuff to China. We don’t need a trade war with China. They have been selling stuff to us. We got to improve education, and face the fact that we are living in a global world and got to compete.”
When Bloomberg View debuted in 2010, Matthew Winkler, the editor in chief of Bloomberg News told The New York Times, “I think it’s very important that everyone understands that our editorial page is going to be, for sure, consistent with the values and beliefs of the founder — even if he happens to be mayor of New York City. I fully expect us in our Bloomberg View always to reflect those values. In fact, I want people to come away from reading the Bloomberg View infused with those beliefs and values.”
The mayor has divested himself of any day-to-day interest in Bloomberg LP, however that same article in The Times did reveal that “Though Mr. Bloomberg will not have a hand in conceiving and writing the editorials, he is likely to offer feedback from time to time before they are published, Mr. Winkler said.”
And it quoted mayoral spokesman Stu Loeser as saying, “Weighing in from time to time is consistent with his being the majority shareholder of the company he founded.”
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