Trump Campaign Bans Bloomberg News Reporters Over ‘Bias’

The Trump campaign revoked the press credentials of reporters from Bloomberg News, accusing the outlet of bias.

Bloomberg News announced that it would not investigate former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg or any of his Democratic rivals after he entered the 2020 primary race.

Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait said in a statement that the newsroom would “continue our tradition of not investigating Mike (and his family and foundation) and we will extend the same policy to his rivals in the Democratic primaries.”

“We cannot treat Mike’s Democratic competitors differently from him,” he added. “For the moment… [we] will continue to investigate the Trump administration, as the government of the day. If Mike is chosen as the Democratic presidential candidate… we will reassess how we do that.”

Trump campaign bans Bloomberg:

"The decision by Bloomberg News to formalize preferential reporting policies is troubling and wrong,” Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement. “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. As President Trump’s campaign, we are accustomed to unfair reporting practices, but most news organizations don't announce their biases so publicly. Presented with this new policy from Bloomberg News, our campaign was forced to determine how to proceed.”

"Since they have declared their bias openly, the Trump campaign will no longer credential representatives of Bloomberg News for rallies or other campaign events,” he added. “We will determine whether to engage with individual reporters or answer inquiries from Bloomberg News on a case-by-case basis. This will remain the policy of the Trump campaign until Bloomberg News publicly rescinds its decision."

Bloomberg hits back:

"The accusation of bias couldn't be further from the truth. We have covered Donald Trump fairly and in an unbiased way since he became a candidate in 2015 and will continue to do so despite the restrictions imposed by the Trump campaign,” Micklethwait said in a statement.

New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet issued a statement siding with Bloomberg.

"We condemn any action that keeps quality news media from reporting fairly and accurately on the presidency and the leadership of the country," he said.


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