Over the past few weeks, Louis C.K. has been spotted shadowing NYC mayor Bill de Blasio for a mysterious new comedy project, and today C.K. returned the favor by defending de Blasio against “clickbait” journalism on public radio. C.K. called in to WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show, and while he was identified only as “Louis in the Village,” it’s pretty obvious that it’s C.K. Listen to C.K.’s call below (starts around the 18:50 mark):
And here’s a transcription of the call via Gothamist:
Hi there. You know, I really like this mayor and it’s bothered me that there’s sort of a culture of clickbait in the news right now, that only little negative stories get attention and the idea that the criticism of this mayor is that he doesn’t go out and hold rallies to prove how great he’s doing, and that he doesn’t exert a massive effort that other mayors have to have the perception of how well he’s doing… To me that’s a huge waste of time. I don’t want a mayor that spends all his time bragging and taking victory laps. You want a guy or a woman who just does good and then moves onto the next thing. But the press today, they don’t make any money on articles about “Hey look, this job number’s up.” They make money on articles about, “look at this little pointless gaffe that the mayor did. Shouldn’t he have sent someone to this rally?” None of that matters, but it’s all that these guys write about. I’m a little disappointed in the New York Times, which is my newspaper, for writing an article that says that those things accumulate to a real negative because I don’t think they are. I don’t think they impact people’s lives. Those are about the horse race and about, and you know, the way most politicians run their entire lives, is looking after those little things so that they can ignore the big things. So that they don’t have to take on the cops, so they don’t have to try big moves which are sometimes embarrassing and difficult and unpopular with powerful people. That’s all I have to say about it. I really like this mayor. I think he deserves a better chance than he’s getting.