Bloomberg Under Fire for Cathie Black Appointment

By Ta-Nehisi Coates

...as he really should be:


Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has been frank about why he took pains to keep his search for a new schools chancellor secret, saying he wanted to avoid a public spectacle.

But a spectacle is exactly what Mr. Bloomberg has unleashed, and one week after announcing his choice of Cathleen P. Black, a publishing executive, to succeed Joel I. Klein at the helm of the country's largest school system, the mayor's aides are trying to fend off mounting skepticism about her selection...

Mr. Bloomberg said Monday that he was confident the controversy would die down and that Ms. Black would receive a waiver. "This is a woman who is eminently qualified," he said at a news conference.

Eminently qualified. 

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http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2010/11/bloomberg-under-fire-for-cathie-black-appointment/66612/