After Bloomberg News announced that it would not investigate Democratic presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg or any of his primary opponents, President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign said it would stop granting press credentials to Bloomberg reporters.
Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said the campaign was “forced to determine” how to respond to Bloomberg’s policy.
“Bloomberg News has declared that they won’t investigate his boss or his Democratic 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.”
Breaking: Trump campaign will not longer credential Bloomberg News reporters after its announcement that it will not investigate Michael Bloomberg, a candidate for the democratic nomination. pic.twitter.com/iJoFzBiVYG— Vivian Salama (@vmsalama) December 2, 2019
Parscale said the campaign will decide whether to “engage with individual reporters or answer inquiries from Bloomberg News on a case-by-case basis.” He added that if Bloomberg changes its policy, the Trump campaign will begin to grant press credentials to Bloomberg reporters.
After Bloomberg officially joined the Democratic presidential primary, Bloomberg News announced that it would continue its “tradition of not investigating Mike,” as IJR has previously reported.
John Micklethwait, Bloomberg’s editor-in-chief, added that the news outlet would not investigate any of the other Democratic candidates, saying, “We cannot treat Mike’s Democratic competitors differently from him.”
However, Micklethwait said that Bloomberg would “continue to investigate the Trump administration, as the government of the day.”
In a statement responding to the Trump campaign’s decision, Micklethwait refuted claims that Bloomberg was being biased against Trump by not investigating Democratic candidates.
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.”