With former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg now officially in the 2020 race for the presidency, the newspaper organization the he owns has their work cut out for them.
Bloomberg News will now be under a microscope, both legally and morally, with great deference paid to just how the company will handle the 2020 election coverage that they will need to produce to remain relevant. In this regard, Bloomberg News has made a damning admission of coming bias: The paper will no longer conduct investigative journalism that exposes negative facts regarding Mayor Bloomberg’s Democratic primary rivals.
They will, however, continue their scathing takes in regard to President Trump, essentially weaponizing the news organization in favor of Bloomberg’s possible head-to-head matchup with the Commander in Chief in less than a year’s time.
This move should have been seen as wildly controversial but, somehow, it has received little press.
Media Research Center director of media analysis Tim Graham monitored ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS since Bloomberg officially announced his candidacy on Nov. 24 through Tuesday afternoon and reported they had “failed to utter a single word – positive or negative or neutral – on their major morning or evening or Sunday interview shows” regarding Bloomberg’s policy.
The decision to avoid investigating 2020 Democratic presidential candidates sparked backlash and confusion, including former Bloomberg Washington, D.C. bureau chief Megan Murphy, who slammed the initiative in a series of scathing tweets.
Others chimed in as well.
Bloomberg News’ new policy prompted Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign manager Brad Parscale to announce on Monday that Bloomberg reporters would no longer receive credentials to rallies or campaign events because ‘they have declared their bias openly.”
Graham wrote that ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS didn’t even find time to mention Trump’s campaign decision, either.
“Perhaps to maintain a perfect blackout,” Graham wrote.
Despite the self-help being applied by his newspaper, Michael Bloomberg has failed to garner even a modest portion of the national polling numbers, consistently procuring less than 5% of the total vote.
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