Mayor Reed unbowed, blasts his critics

11:51 PM, Feb 6, 2014   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Mayor Kasim Reed is not known for running away from a fight.

But some folks are suggesting maybe it's time to at least "walk" away, especially when it comes to the nightmare of Snowjam 2014.

He took a beating in the media but came out un-bowed, defiant, and wondering if something else was going on.

"All of this 'unapologetic'... is just a bunch of BS," he told Ryan Cameron and Wanda Smith on V103. "You know, 'smug'... that's just code for something else."

While he didn't offer what that "something else" was to the listening audience, Reed did make it clear that he wasn't having any part of it. He blamed much of the negative feedback on those who were happy to see him stumble.

"I watched the adjectives that were used... 'combative,' 'angry.' And I just think that that's something else."

Reed also questioned the journalistic integrity of some of his critics when they kept using pictures of the frozen interstates and blaming him, when the city has no jurisdiction over the highways. But he bristled at being stereotyped as angry.

"'Angry'... I think that is just a manufactured narrative," he said. "And I'm not going to buy into that, because I wasn't angry. I was calm, and I was respectful."

The mayor did not respond to an interview request by 11Alive News to clarify what he meant on the "coded language" remark. But he insisted on V103, that he does take the blame for his mistakes.

He's just not going to "own" what's not his.

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