Accidental email or pointed pitch?

Observers seem divided over whether New York Mayor Bill de Blasio slipped up when he copied a New York Times reporter on an email complaining about subway service, or he did it on purpose.

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An email from New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to aides turned into a New York Times story Tuesday because the mayor copied a reporter on the message.

According to the Times (and, one would assume, the mayor’s office), including the reporter was an accident, but some observers wondered if it wasn’t a clever ruse to raise an issue.

De Blasio’s email describes a frustrating trip via subway to a speaking engagement in downtown Manhattan. He wrote:

We waited 20 mins for an express only to hear there were major delays. This was knowable info. Had we had it, we would have avoided a lot of hassles.

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