NEW YORK – President Donald Trump's re-election campaign will no longer grant press credentials to Bloomberg News reporters for coverage of his events due to the "bias" of his coverage, the campaign said Monday, an accusation the news organization rejects .
The decision was announced a week after the service's founder, billionaire Michael Bloomberg, announced his nomination for the Democratic presidential candidacy.
In response, Bloomberg News said it would make coverage but would not investigate Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City, or its Democratic rivals. However, the company's editorial director, John Micklethwait, said reporters would continue to investigate the Trump administration, for being the one in the White House.
Trump's campaign boss Brad Parscale said it is a disturbing decision to "formalize preferred reporting policies." He noted that Bloomberg reporters will no longer be accredited to cover campaign events until such a policy is terminated.
"In President Trump's campaign we are accustomed to biased reporter practices, but, for the most part, news organizations do not announce their subjectivity so openly," Parscale said.
Micklethwait said accusations of bias cannot be further from reality.
"We have given Trump fair and impartial coverage since he became a candidate in 2015 and we will continue to do so despite the restrictions imposed by his campaign," he said.
Trump's campaign measure illustrates the complicated position of the news organization as a result of Bloomberg's candidacy, who founded the company in 1990.
Noting that reporters could not investigate Bloomberg or his Democratic rivals, some critics have said that this would prevent the news organization from making thorough campaign reports. Senior Bloomberg executives have indicated that they have previously been in this position, when he was mayor of New York.
"This is my nightmare come true," said Kathy Kiely, a journalism professor at the University of Missouri who resigned as Bloomberg's policy director when he planned to run for the presidential nomination in 2016.
Bloomberg reporters would have been better off if he had clearly distanced himself from the company in favor of his campaign, Kiely said, and said that he, and any other presidential candidate, could be subjects of investigation for any kind of stories. that Bloomberg News reporters could discover.
"It is unfortunate that this is creating a perception that journalism works like this, that journalists are manipulated by their bosses," he said.