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Media access at City Hall was first significantly limited by former mayor Rudolph Giuliani, according to Chandler, and then continued under Michael Bloomberg, who refused to tell the media where he was on weekends and was in Bermuda in the hours before a massive 2010 blizzard. (De Blasio does inform the media where he will be.)

More publicized has been media pushback on the White House practice of restricting photographers’ access. A letter of protest last year came from 38 news organizations, including The New York Times, The Washington Post and the AP.

In a speech this month to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll again criticized the Obama practices but also included a poke at de Blasio, saying, “It’s clear that the most-used rubber stamp in his office is the one that says ‘closed to the press.’”

Bill de Blasio is a charming and talented man, but the people he’s meeting with are doing so because he’s the mayor of New York City, not because he’s a charming and talented man,” Carroll said in an interview. “We’re not pushing this for our end. We’re pushing for it because the press is a stand-in for the public.”