Trump campaign will no longer credential Bloomberg News reporters

Trump campaign will no longer credential Bloomberg News reporters

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Trump campaign chairman Brad Parscale announced Monday that the Trump campaign will "no longer credential representatives of Bloomberg News" after Bloomberg editor-in-chief John Micklethwait said in a memo to staff over the weekend that the outlet will not pursue investigative reports of owner Mike Bloomberg nor of any Democratic contender for the White House, but will still investigate President Trump.

The memo: Micklethwait said that the outlet will continue its “tradition of not investigating Mike (and his family and foundation) and we will extend the same policy to his rivals in the Democratic primaries.”

"There is no point in trying to claim that covering this presidential campaign will be easy for a newsroom that has built up its reputation for independence in part by not writing about ourselves," he added.

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Bloomberg News also stated in the memo that “We cannot treat Mike’s Democratic competitors differently from him." However, as Trump is currently president, the outlet intends to continue investigating and reporting on him.

The announcement: In a press release, Parscale stated: "The decision by Bloomberg News to formalize preferential reporting policies is 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. 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. 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."

In response to the announcement, Bloomberg News released the following statement from Micklethwait:

“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.”

The backlash: Both CNN and Fox News Channel slammed Bloomberg News's decision, with Fox Business noting that Bloomberg News will target Trump because he "is already president and so the work of his administration is fair game.”

Fox News MediaBuzz host Howard Kurtz argued during a recent segment that with the decision, Bloomberg News is putting its reputation on the line.

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“With a single memo, the global media giant with 2,700 journalists around the world, handcuffed its staff in covering Michael Bloomberg's White House bid and undermined, fairly or unfairly, its reputation for independence,” Kurtz said. “On what planet is that fair?”

Kurtz also cited former Bloomberg Washington Bureau Chief Megan Murphy who called the decision “ridiculous” and “not journalism.”

“And she's right,” Kurtz said, arguing that there is a way for networks to properly cover their owners, according to NewsBusters.

“I do it with Fox. It comes with the territory,” he said.

CNN "Reliable Sources" host Brian Stelter also expressed his dismay over Bloomberg News's decision not to do investigative stories on their owner, saying: “So, in other words, the Bloomberg newsroom will investigate President Trump but not the men and women running to take him out of office. This is fascinating.”

“Well, the Bloomberg newsroom is, as you can imagine, pretty stressed out about this. My story is on cnnbusiness.com. One reporter there told me the campaign – the Bloomberg campaign, is ‘everybody's nightmare come true.’ Other reporters are a little more optimistic, hoping that this won’t be too much of a headache. But honestly, it is a headache for these reporters,” Stelter added.

Stelter continued: “When newsrooms show autonomy and show independence, newsrooms gain credibility as a result. That's hopefully the idea behind shows like this one. But Mike Bloomberg has never seemed to want that. He’s always had an issue with this.”

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