President Trump has defended his campaign’s actions of disallowing Bloomberg News to cover campaign events and rallies.
The news site announced it would continue to investigate the president while discontinuing any investigations into the other presidential candidates and Bloomberg News owner, Michael Bloomberg.
Furthermore, the president is condemning The New York Times for their stance.
“Mini Mike Bloomberg has instructed his third rate news organization not to investigate him or any Democrat, but to go after President Trump, only,” Trump tweeted. “The Failing New York Times thinks that is O.K. because their hatred & bias is so great they can’t even see straight. It’s not O.K.!”
Mini Mike Bloomberg has instructed his third rate news organization not to investigate him or any Democrat, but to go after President Trump, only. The Failing New York Times thinks that is O.K., because their hatred & bias is so great they can’t even see straight. It’s not O.K.!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2019
The news outlet announced recently it would continue to report on investigations into the president, but Bloomberg and any other Democratic presidential candidates would be immune to such treatment.
“The decision by Bloomberg News to formalize preferential reporting policies is troubling and wrong,” Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale wrote 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.”
“Since they have declared their bias openly, the Trump campaign will no longer credential representatives of Bloomberg News for rallies or other campaign events,” Parscale continued. “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 pushed back in a statement; Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait said, “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.”
Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The New York Times, weighed in on the discussion on Monday, defending Bloomberg’s news site. “Bloomberg News is one of the largest and most influential news organizations in the world,” Baquet said in a statement. “We condemn any action that keeps quality news media from reporting fairly and accurately on the presidency and the leadership of the country.”