Depression, Drugs and Alcohol: Chiara de Blasio Speaks the Truth

Bill de Blasio's Democratic Primary Celebration For The New York City Mayoral RaceChiara de Blasio well understands–in the words of Audre Lorde–that your silence will not protect you. So she told the truth. Today, the daughter of New York City mayor Bill de Blasio and first lady Chirlane McCray released this brave new video on youtube about her struggles with depression and drug and alcohol abuse. With rumors apparently swirling, the city’s “first daughter” speaks candidly and courageously–and is able to tell her story her own way. The California college student (and her father’s media team) demonstrates how crisis communication should be handled. Her story would have had an ugly, mean-spirited spin if certain media had spit it out first.

And here’s how the New York Times and NY Daily News reported on the video within minutes of its release.