Earlier today, Mayor Michael Bloomberg repeatedly refused to comment on accusations that his media organization, Bloomberg News, improperly accessed information about subscribers of the firm’s financial data service.
“No, I can’t say anything. I have an agreement with the Conflicts of Interest Board. You’ll have to talk to the company,” Mr. Bloomberg replied when first asked about the controversy at a press conference in Brooklyn, insisting that city rules prohibit him from weighing in.
As he finished the event, another reporter yelled out asking if it was a violation of users’ trust for the media company to use information from its financial data terminals that users believed to be private. Bloomberg News has admitted that at least one reporter had indeed accessed this data.
“Miss, I don’t know what you’re talking about,” the mayor answered. ”You’ll have to talk to the company. I can’t discuss this.”
Mr. Bloomberg made the remarks as he took questions during an unrelated press conference touting his administration’s efforts to clean up the much-maligned Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn.