Trump Campaign Takes Major Action Against Bloomberg News
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Shortly after billionaire Michael Bloomberg announced that he would be running for president in the Democratic primary, editor-in-chief for Bloomberg News John Michlethwait announced that journalists for the news company would not be allowed to investigate any of the Democratic candidates.
This policy did not include President Trump, an extreme politically biased move.
“We cannot treat Mike[ Bloomberg’s] Democratic competitors differently than him,” the memo said. “For the moment, our P&I team will continue to investigate the Trump administration, as the government of the day. If Mike emerges as the Democratic presidential candidate (and Donald Trump emerges as the Republican one), we will reassess how we do that.”
President Trump's 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale quickly made sure to condemn the decision, calling the move “to formalize preferential reporting policies” both “troubling and wrong.”
“Bloomberg News has declared that they won’t investigate their boss or his Democrat competitors, many of whom are current holders of high office, but will continue critical reporting on President Trump,” Parscale said. “As President Trump’s campaign, we are accustomed to unfair reporting practices, but most news organizations don’t announce their biases so publicly.”
“Since they have declared their bias so openly, the Trump campaign will no longer credential representatives of Bloomberg News for rallies or other campaign events,” Parscale added. “We will determine whether to engage with individual reporters or answer inquiries from Bloomberg News on a case-by-case basis.”
Former editor for Bloomberg, Kathy Kiely spoke out after the move by Bloomberg, saying that she resigned from the news company in 2016 after they implemented a similar policy.
“The same sort of directions were given, only it was not yet an official campaign, but I felt that that wasn’t ethical, and it was just an untenable situation for me as the assigning editor to be in,” said Kiely. “Unfortunately, they’ve had four years to think about this, and they haven’t come up with a better solution. I’m really sorry to see this.”
Bloomberg has said in the past that he would sell the company if he ever ran for President but this doesn't seem to be the case. Check out what the Daily Wire reported:
According to The Wrap, Bloomberg told radio host O. Kay Henderson last year that if he were to run for president, he would either sell the news agency or place it in a public trust, elaborating that he doesn’t believe an organization can remain independent.
“I don’t want the reporters I’m paying to write a bad story about me. I don’t want them to be independent,” said Bloomberg, reports The Wrap.
Bloomberg is currently embarking on an advertising blitz across the country to raise awareness about his presidential campaign, and has spent $52 million on television ads overall, according to Advertising Analytics. Unlike other candidates, Bloomberg is ignoring the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada, opting instead to focus his efforts on states that vote on Super Tuesday — which takes place on March 3rd and includes California, Texas, and North Carolina.
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