Published: Wed, December 04, 2019
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President's campaign vows to bar Bloomberg reporters

President's campaign vows to bar Bloomberg reporters

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday announced his criminal justice plan that intends to reduce incarceration rates by half, The Hill reports. Trump's election campaign manager Brad Parsley announced the ban on Monday.

Bloomberg's editor-in-chief has denied the accusations, and is claiming the outlet has covered the Trump campaign in a fair and unbiased way since the beginning of his candidacy back in 2015.

In a November 24 memo describing its approach, Bloomberg News editor-in-chief John Micklethwait said that the organization would continue to report on the Trump administration "as the government of the day".

The Trump campaign's action illustrates the hard position Bloomberg's candidacy has imposed on the news organization. Bloomberg News will continue to investigate Trump and his businesses.

Bloomberg, who served as mayor from 2002 to 2013, launched his Democratic presidential campaign with an apology for his embrace of stop-and-frisk policing tactics, which give police wide latitude to detain individuals suspected of committing a crime and have been found to be used disproportionately against minorities.


"This is my nightmare come true", said Kathy Kiely, a University of Missouri journalism professor who quit as Bloomberg political director when he was considering a run for the 2016 presidential nomination. We'll decide whether or not to interact with particular person reporters or reply inquires from Bloomberg Information on a case-by-case foundation.

"It's unfortunate that this is creating a perception that this is how journalism works, that journalists are manipulated by their bosses", she said.

"The second major change we're going to make is to reduce the number of adults in prison ... it starts with improving schools, expanding job training, and investing in economic growth in communities that have suffered generations of neglect", Bloomberg said.

If Bloomberg was chosen as the candidate against Trump, the policy as it affects the president will be reevaluated, he said at the time. "It's not OK!" he added in a swipe at the newspaper after its executive editor condemned the Trump campaign's decision. Bloomberg told reporters that he was also scouting sites for an additional worldwide presidential campaign in a more exotic locale.

"We condemn any action that keeps quality news media from reporting fairly and accurately on the presidency and the leadership of the country", Baquet said.

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