Accuracy in Media

Late last month, New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg announced his candidacy for President of the United States, expanding the primary field to 18 Democratic hopefuls.

Just after Bloomberg’s announcement and entrance into the 2020 race, CNBC reported Bloomberg News Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait outlined steps designed to steer the billionaire’s own news organization away from investigating their owner. Micklethwait said, “We will continue our tradition of not investigating Mike (and his family and foundation) and we will extend that same policy to his rivals in the Democratic primaries.”

With a very broad and public effort to conceal their leader’s life while he steps away to run for another elected office within his career, Bloomberg News Editor-in-Chief noted they would “continue to investigate the Trump administration” according to the Washington Post.

After realizing the one-sided, hypocritical endeavor set out by Bloomberg News, Time reported “President Donald Trump’s campaign said on Monday it will no longer give credentials to Bloomberg News reporters to cover campaign events because of coverage “biases,.”

Upon hearing that decision, Bloomberg News editor hit back, “The accusation of bias couldn’t be further from the truth. We have covered Donald Trump fairly & in an unbiased way since he became a candidate.. and will continue to do so despite the restrictions imposed by the Trump campaign.”

However, Trump, who is now serving as the incumbent Republican candidate in 2020, has not been treated fairly by Bloomberg News as recent as last month when Bloomberg announced he would run to unseat him.

In early November, Bloomberg News wrote an article describing Trump rallies in Kentucky and Louisiana with hopes to hold onto and gain governorships within each state. The author is quick to highlight the White House’s strategy in combating impeachment, as well as discussing President Trump’s “opportunities to flex his political muscles with only minimal risk” in Republican states without any verification.

Furthermore, within the same article published early last month, the author stated, “Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, complained at the rally that ‘Congress needs to step up and have equal courage to defend the president.’” However, listening back to Sen. Rand Paul’s message on the evening of the rally, it doesn’t sound like a complaint. 

Lastly, Bloomberg News described the House impeachment rules vote on October 31 to be “most along partisan lines, to begin public hearings into what Democrats say is Trump’s abuse of power in Ukraine.” The article failed to note Speaker Pelosi had two of her democrat colleagues vote against party lines when voting on impeachment rules that day.

Trump was also quick to fire back at Bloomberg News and the New York billionaire himself to his Twitter audience earlier this week. 

Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political consultant to national PACs. Follow her stories, @MarissaAlisa.

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