Full disclosure: I attended the party and received a gag gift from the mayor. It was a press pass with a spinning wheel to reflect the fact that I’ve changed jobs three times since 2010

I won’t engage in a philosophical argument here, beyond saying that the attendees’ coverage of the mayor ought to speak for itself in terms of whether they’ve succumbed to the corrupting influence of his fancy parties.

So maybe Sally Goldenberg will think twice before breaking a story the next time a deputy mayor gets arrested and doesn’t disclose it before he quit his job, and Michael Barbaro won’t see fit to note that Bloomberg’s plane is in Bermuda during a botched snow-removal effort and David Seifman will pull his punches next time he discovers a cover-up by one of the mayor’s campaign aides to hide nearly $1 million of the mayor’s money that was supposed to be spent on Election Day operations.

The aide has since been convicted and is on his way to jail.