Trump team bans Bloomberg jour­nal­ists amid claims of bias

The Daily Telegraph - - World News - By Ben Ri­ley-smith US Ed­i­tor

DONALD TRUMP’S re-elec­tion cam­paign has barred Bloomberg News re­porters from at­tend­ing its ral­lies af­ter the news agency said it would not in­ves­ti­gate founder Mike Bloomberg or his Demo­cratic ri­vals for the 2020 pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion.

Brad Parscale, the cam­paign man­ager for Mr Trump’s 2020 cam­paign, said Bloomberg News had re­vealed its “bias” in an­nounc­ing it would con­tinue in­ves­ti­gat­ing the US pres­i­dent but not Democrats seek­ing to take him on in next Novem­ber’s elec­tion.

“Since they have de­clared their bias openly, the Trump cam­paign will no longer cre­den­tial rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Bloomberg News for ral­lies or other cam­paign events,” Mr Pas­cale said yes­ter­day.

“We will de­ter­mine whether to en­gage with in­di­vid­ual re­porters or an­swer in­quiries from Bloomberg News on a case-by-case ba­sis. This will re­main the pol­icy of the Trump cam­paign un­til Bloomberg News pub­licly re­scinds its de­ci­sion.”

Mr Bloomberg, the former New York mayor worth an es­ti­mated $50bil­lion (£38.6 bil­lion), of­fi­cially an­nounced that he is seek­ing the Demo­cratic Party’s pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion last month, jump­ing into the race late with a cen­trist pitch lean­ing on his busi­ness back­ground.

Shortly af­ter the an­nounce­ment, John Mick­leth­wait, the ed­i­tor-in-chief of Bloomberg News – a ma­jor news agency founded by Mr Bloomberg – is­sued a state­ment de­tail­ing what the news would mean for its cov­er­age.

Mr Mick­leth­wait said: “We will con­tinue our tra­di­tion of not in­ves­ti­gat­ing Mike [and his fam­ily foun­da­tion] and we will ex­tend the same pol­icy to his ri­vals in the Demo­cratic pri­maries.”

He ex­plained that “we can­not treat Mike’s Demo­cratic com­peti­tors dif­fer­ently from him”, but said that if other me­dia out­lets pro­duced in­ves­tiga­tive work on Mr Bloomberg or his ri­vals, then the news would be shared with read­ers.

Mr Mick­leth­wait also said that Bloomberg News will “con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion, as the gov­ern­ment of the day”.

He added: “The ac­cu­sa­tion of bias couldn’t be fur­ther from the truth.”

Mike Bloomberg made a late en­try to the race for the Demo­cratic nom­i­na­tion

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