Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2009/04/22/Michael_Bloombergs_Transformation Journalist Wayne Barrett draws from NYC's previous elections to weigh Michael Bloomberg's odds in the upcoming mayoral election. He sees a difference between now and 2001, saying people at the time thought "self-made rich people...were wise men." ----- Mayor Bloomberg was once described as an antidote to the old urban politics. Today he's become an institution whose work could define a generation in government much like two other three-term mayors, Ed Koch and Robert Wagner. Are the news media revising their views on Mayor Bloomberg in this election year? Can he hold on to the winning image of an independent, effective reformer three times in a row? The Center for New York City Affairs convenes leading journalists to discuss changing perceptions of Mayor Bloomberg. - The New School Wayne Barrett is an American journalist. He has been an investigative reporter and senior editor for the Village Voice for over 20 years. He is the author of many articles and books about politicians, especially New York City figures such as Ed Koch, Donald Trump, and Rudy Giuliani. He is a major interviewee in Kevin Keating's 2006 documentary Giuliani Time. He is also on the adjunct faculty of the Columbia Journalism School.
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