NYT Defends Bloomberg News After They Get Banned From Trump Campaign Events

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Posted: Dec 03, 2019 8:55 AM
NYT Defends Bloomberg News After They Get Banned From Trump Campaign Events

Source: AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

The New York Times' Executive Editor Dean Baquet released a statement voicing his support for Bloomberg News after President Trump's campaign announced on Monday the media outlet's reporters are now banned from events. 

The ban was in response to Bloomberg News' leadership extending their policy of not investigating owner and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to his now-other Democratic presidential candidates. Bloomberg News will continue to investigate Trump and his businesses. 

"Bloomberg News is one of the largest and most influential news organizations in the world. 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.

"Bloomberg News has declared that they won’t investigate their boss or his Democrat competitors, many of whom are current holders of high office, but will continue critical reporting on President Trump," Brad Parscale, Trump's campaign manager, stated in a press release. "As President Trump’s campaign, we are accustomed to unfair reporting practices, but most news organizations don’t announce their biases so publicly. Presented with this new policy from Bloomberg News, our campaign was forced to determine how to proceed."

“Since they have declared their bias openly, the Trump campaign will no longer credential representatives of Bloomberg News for rallies or other campaign events," he continued. "We will determine whether to engage with individual reporters or answer inquiries from Bloomberg News on a case-by-case basis."

Parscale said their new rule will be rescinded when Bloomberg News changes its policy.

Bloomberg News Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait said they have covered Trump "fairly and in an unbiased way since he became a candidate" and they will continue to do so despite the ban.