Thursday, 12 December, 2019

Trump campaign bans Bloomberg News

Michael Bloomberg delivered a speech at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on Jan. 29 2019 Michael Bloomberg delivered a speech at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on Jan. 29 2019
Cecil Davis | 04 December, 2019, 20:45

Trump's election campaign manager Brad Parsley announced the ban on Monday. As President Trump's marketing campaign, we're accustomed to unfair reporting practices, however most information organizations don't announce their biases so publicly. "Having one presidential campaign is nice and all, but I had some extra money lying around and made a decision to splurge on another first-class presidential campaign with all the bells and whistles", said Bloomberg, adding that he planned to split time between his original campaign and his new luxury one, for which he'd already gotten the most expensive consultants, most luxurious campaign vehicles, and nicest website money can buy.

The Trump campaign will no longer credential representatives of Bloomberg News for rallies or other campaign events, and will decide "whether to engage with individual reporters or answer inquiries from Bloomberg News on a case-by-case basis", Parscale added.

Accusations of bias "couldn't be further from the truth", Micklethwait said, responding to Parscale's announcement.

In his memo describing how Bloomberg News would cover the campaign, Micklethwait said that reporters would "write about virtually all aspects of this presidential contest".

"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", he said. He has embraced the term "fake news" - initially used by the Clinton campaign to attack pro-Trump coverage - to describe the mainstream media, and has cited studies showing that over 90 percent of press coverage of his administration has been negative.

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"It's unfortunate that this is creating a perception that this is how journalism works, that journalists are manipulated by their bosses", she said.

"I'm running for president to fix our country's most hard problems - including ending the era of mass incarceration, which has needlessly destroyed millions of lives", Bloomberg said in a statement.

Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times, also criticized the Trump campaign's move.

Trump's potential Democratic rival in the 2020 contest, former Vice President Joe Biden, also panned the Trump campaign's position as he campaigned Monday in Iowa.

Huh? The campaign isn't the White House, and Bloomberg has told the world it won't be "reporting fairly". "It's the nature of the beast".