Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale announced Monday that he has begun a new policy that will refuse press credentials to reporters from Bloomberg News – preventing them from effectively reporting on the President first hand.
The decision comes after Bloomberg News Editor-in Chief John Micklethwait released a memo last week announcing that the news company will not “investigate” Michael Bloomberg and other Democrat primary opponents.
“We will 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,” Micklethwait wrote.
Bloomberg News did not extend the same courtesy to the president and other Republicans.
On Monday, the Trump campaign responded.
“The decision by Bloomberg News to formalize preferential reporting policies is troubling and wrong,” Brad Parscale announced Monday.
“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,” he said.
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“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,” he said.
Kathy Kiely left Bloomberg News in 2016 because of the news company’s policy of not covering owner Michael Bloomberg. On Sunday, she said that the move is unethical on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”
“I felt that that wasn’t ethical and it was just an untenable situation for me as the assigning editor to be in,” Kiely said. “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.”
“It’s not unprecedented for a rich person to own a news organization and to be covered by that news organization,” Kiely continued. “I just don’t understand why they’re making this decision. It really undermines the credibility of the organization that Mike Bloomberg has invested so much money in. As a business decision, it doesn’t make sense.”