Cory Booker Appears Babyish With Press

Newark Mayor and and possible Senate hopeful Cory Booker may be popular on Twitter, but he may be a bit of a baby with the media.

In a story over the weekend, Politico‘s Maggie Haberman writes,

“Booker initially agreed to be interviewed by POLITICO, rescheduled twice, then canceled 20 minutes after a reporter asked for comment on criticisms he had received from a prominent New Jersey Democrat about how he’s handled his campaign rollout.”

Booker did appear on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” Friday night and was presumably supposed to provide a contrast to USA Today‘s Jackie Kucinich and actress Eva Longoria, who wore her hair in a bouncy high ponytail. The show isn’t the easiest, but then again Booker kept his ramblings vanilla and did nothing to make himself stand out in any way.

Haberman, meanwhile… points out that Booker issued a “caustic response” to a tough front page NYT profile in December by way of HuffPost, which has taken a more straightforward, if not softer, approach to Booker coverage. The liberal news outlet reported that Booker complained that the NYT made it look like he was more concerned with glitzy Manhattan events than local issues. Wrote HuffPost‘s Michael Calderone, “Indeed, [Kate] Zernike didn’t mention that the events Booker attended revolved around issues such as teen homelessness and drug policy, or that they related to work he’s done in Newark.”  In August of 2007, rumors swirled that Booker was “quietly dating” HuffPost-AOL Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington. Booker, reports Haberman,  also complained about a Politico headline on Twitter and expressed his irritation about an MSNBC interview with Lawrence O’Donnell.

We reached out to David Giambusso of the New Jersey Star-Ledger, who has been on the receiving end of Booker’s complaints in his coverage.