Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s entry into the 2020 presidential race has been a bit complicated, to say the least.
Bloomberg, a billionaire who believes that his substantial wealth could help him buy the Oval Office has dropped at least $35 million already on advertising in an attempt to distance himself from the rest of the crowded field. Despite this extravagant spending, Bloomberg continues to poll well below the top tier of candidates, garnering only 3.4% support in the latest polling from Real Clear Politics.
Mr. Mayor’s entry into the fray has also been complicated by the fact that he is the owner of Bloomberg News, who recently took measures to ensure that they would not be accused of biased reporting by refusing to investigate Democrats currently in the race.
This prompted a damning response from the 2020 Trump campaign.
Late last month, Bloomberg joined the crowded Democrat primary field, prompting Bloomberg News Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait to announce that the news organization would refrain from investigating the owner and his family, calling the decision a “tradition” of journalism. However, Micklethwait said reporters will continue to investigate President Trump and his administration.
“The decision by Bloomberg News to formalize preferential reporting policies is troubling and wrong,” Brad Parscale, President Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, said in a statement 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,” Parscale continued. “Since they have declared their bias openly, the Trump campaign will no longer credential representatives of Bloomberg News for rallies or other campaign events.”
Donald Trump has been the victim salacious and unending attacks within the media over the course of his political career, and Bloomberg News’ decision will only serve to further skew the ratio of their coverage against him – negating the claim that their decision was in the interest of fairness.
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