The campaign team of the president of the United States, Donald Trump, announced on Monday that he will veto the entrance to his acts to journalists who work at Bloomberg News, the company of one his possible rivals of the Democratic Party in the 2020 elections.
The team members justified this decision by the “bias” of the workers of Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York and one of the 18 Democratic candidates to be Trump's rival in next year's elections.
"As President Trump's campaign, we were used to unfair information practices, but most organizations do not announce their bias so publicly," complained Brad Parscale, Trump's campaign director, after Bloomberg News announced that he would not investigate the boss of his company or any of his Democratic rivals, but he will continue publishing reports about the current president.RELATED
The campaign team will not give any more credentials to the Bloomberg company for events and rallies of the president, and will decide "if he collaborates with any individual reporter or answers queries from the company," the director added.
The chief editor of Bloomberg News, John Micklethwait replied: “The accusation of bias could not be further from the truth. We have covered Donald Trump fairly and without bias since he became a candidate in 2015 and we will continue to do so despite the restrictions imposed by the Trump campaign team. ”
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 reports of the campaign. 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 director of Bloomberg politics when he considered running for the presidential nomination in 2016. According to him, Bloomberg reporters would have it had come better that he had clearly distanced himself from the company in favor of his campaign, 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," Kiely added.
Even the publication removed Michael Bloomberg from his ranking of billionaires, although he has a fortune that puts him among the 15 richest people in the world. The page, which did not add any clarification, thus offers a flawed list, except in the top positions.
Republican party president Ronna McDaniel said on Twitter that her organization would not continue to accredit Bloomberg News journalists.
Micheel Bloomberg officially announced on November 24 his candidacy for the Democratic primary in the face of the US presidential elections next November with the aim of "defeating Donald Trump and rebuilding the United States."
“I run for president to defeat Donald Trump and rebuild America. We cannot afford four more years of reckless and unethical actions by President Trump, ”he said in a statement posted on his campaign website.
(With information from AFP and AP)