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Trump campaign won’t allow Bloomberg reporters at events

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By DAVID BAUDER

U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign said Monday it will no longer give credentials to Bloomberg News reporters to cover campaign events because of coverage “biases,” an accusation that the news organization rejects.

The decision comes a week after the news service’s founder, billionaire Michael Bloomberg, announced he was seeking the Democratic nomination for president.

In response, Bloomberg News said it would cover but not investigate its boss, the former New York mayor, and his Democratic rivals. But Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait said reporters would continue to investigate the Trump administration, as the sitting government.

Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale called it a troubling decision to “formalize preferential reporting policies.” He said Bloomberg reporters would no longer be credentialed to cover campaign events until the policy is rescinded.

“As President Trump’s campaign, we are accustomed to unfair reporting practices, but most news organizations don’t announce their biases so publicly,” Parscale said.

Micklethwait said the accusation of bias couldn’t be further from the truth.

“We have covered Donald Trump fairly and in an unbiased way since he became a candidate in 2015 and will continue to do so despite the restrictions imposed by the Trump campaign,” he said.

The Trump campaign’s action illustrates the difficult position Bloomberg’s candidacy has imposed on the news organization he founded in 1990.

By saying reporters could not investigate Bloomberg or his Democratic rivals, some critics have said this would prevent the news organization from doing in-depth reporting on the campaign. Bloomberg officials say it’s a position they’ve navigated before when he was mayor.

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Remember all the times Obama denied press credential to people who he feared might criticized him!!!

Yeah!!!

Me neither.....

To qualify as unbiased in the eyes of this administration, one must stand up and applaud every gust the president emits, tell everyone how good it smells, etc.. Being denied press credentials is quickly becoming a prerequisite of credibility rather than a mark of disrepute.

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Freedom of the Press - just watch what you say.

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U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign said Monday it will no longer give credentials to Bloomberg News reporters to cover campaign events because of coverage “biases,” an accusation that the news organization rejects.

An action which is itself a bias. The isolation or suppression of media organizations that don't agree with you is of course a traditional weapon in the armoury of many other countries the Trump administration professes to be an ideological enemy of. Trump's campaigners started with (and were very effective at) dismissing virtually the entire Fourth Estate as MSM, Fake News, etc., and now they're making it more personal. There's a few other countries that do that, but they're not ones that most democracies would want to be associated with.

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Bloomberg has run a few technology stories and stuck by their claims even after they were proved to be incorrect. Not that those stories have anything to do with a Presidential election.

Perhaps Bloomberg News should post their leads to Twitter?

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Trump's got dozens (hundreds?) of right wing media outlets helping his push for greater state control of media ala China, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, North Korea, etc. The right wing media (US and 'foreign') know their market, know their readers and listeners want to hear only positive things about their political messiah. They know their profits will increase by praising Trump.

Keep the free, for-profit press competitive; allow all opinions WITHOUT state control.

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Pettiness is what Donny is all about.

He sure is scared of Bloomberg, someone who is actually a rich, successful businessman!!!!

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Trump-the bully in the school yard!

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Donnie once again emulating his Master Putin...

If you hate the 1st Amendment so much Donnie, why don't you move to Russia - you can build neighboring penthouses for you and your best bro Vlad...atop the Trump Moscow Casino and Massage Parlor...

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Continuing to erode press freedoms. A tired, frightened slug of a man.

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but most news organizations don’t announce their biases so publicly

Trump should get his victim card laminated.

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Why not?! It's still a free country, isn't it?

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and no liberals even bother to comment on why this is.

You know, the whole Bloomberg News announcement that it will NOT investigate anything negative about Bloomberg....or any of the 2020 Dems.

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In response, Bloomberg News said it would cover but not investigate its boss, the former New York mayor, and his Democratic rivals. But Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait said reporters would continue to investigate the Trump administration, as the sitting government.

.....By saying reporters could not investigate Bloomberg or his Democratic rivals, some critics have said this would prevent the news organization from doing in-depth reporting on the campaign. Bloomberg officials say it’s a position they’ve navigated before when he was mayor.

Bloomberg has made it abundantly clear that he won't allow his alleged "news" organization to investigate candidate Bloomberg. Since Bloomberg's underlings won't actually be reporting the news, there is no reason to consider them news reporters. They will be operating as public relation operatives. Therefore, there is no reason to give political credentials to Bloomberg's lackeys.

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Remember all the times Obama denied press credential to people who he feared might criticized him!!!

2007

https://www.thedailybeast.com/white-house-targeted-fox-news

The Obama administration made a deliberate effort to exclude Fox News from a press pool during the height of its war with the network, newly released documents show.

At the time, in the fall of 2009, the administration dismissed the matter as simply a mistake. “There was no plot to exclude Fox News, and they had the same interview that their competitors did. Much ado about absolutely nothing,” the Treasury Department said in a statement. But internal e-mails obtained by the watchdog group Judicial Watch show that the attempted exclusion from an interview with federal pay czar Ken Feinberg was part of a deliberate strategy. The attempt failed when the other networks refused to go along unless Fox was included.

2009

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/president-obamas-feud-with-fox-news/

Me neither.....

You must have been sleeping, we do remember....

To qualify as unbiased in the eyes of this administration, one must stand up and applaud every gust the president emits, tell everyone how good it smells, etc.. Being denied press credentials is quickly becoming a prerequisite of credibility rather than a mark of disrepute.

Yeah, the last eight years was exactly that as you described it.

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Bloomberg reporters

Because CNN, MSNBC and ABC just aren't firmly enough in his corner.

"President Bloomberg"... is it possible?

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