Chirlane McCray in 2014
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The first lady of New York City says that the New York Post is “spreading lies.”

Writing for the New York Daily News, Chirlane McCray says that a Post article quoting her criticism of New York City police Commissioner Bill Bratton for the resignation of black NYPD Chief of Department Philip Banks is just false:

This morning I woke up to a front-page news article that simply wasn’t true.

And it wasn’t the first time.

Reading through it was an astonishing and surreal experience. It’s like the reporters created a fictional character that happened to look like me and have the same name as me.

They put words into my mouth that I never said. They gave me opinions that have never crossed my mind. They made it sound like NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton is my sworn enemy, when in fact he has my full support.

When I got to the end, my first question was “Why? Why are people spreading these lies?”

And my second question was “How? How do these lies end up on the front page of a Sunday newspaper?”


McCray maintains that opponents of reforms made by her husband, Mayor Bill de Blasio, gave reporters the inaccurate story.

Read more at the New York Daily News.