Peter Hasson on November 24, 2019
Bloomberg News won’t conduct investigative reporting on any of the Democratic presidential candidates, the outlet’s editor-in-chief announced Sunday.
The announcement followed Michael Bloomberg‘s official campaign launch Sunday. “We will continue our tradition of not investigating Mike (and his family and his foundation) and we will extend the same policy to his rivals in the Democratic primaries,” editor-in-chief John Micklethwait wrote in a note to staffers.
“If other credible journalistic institutions publish investigative work on Mike or the other Democratic candidates, we will either publish those articles in full, or summarize them for our readers — and we will not hide them.”
This idea that Bloomberg News will investigate Trump but not Democrats seems… problematic https://t.co/Zc7k91u9qJ
— Blake News (@blakehounshell) November 24, 2019
For the time being, the news outlet “will continue to investigate the Trump administration, as the government of the day,” Micklethwait added. He also revealed that two of Bloomberg News’ top opinion editors, Tim O’Brien and David Shipley, will be joining their boss’s campaign.
Bloomberg in September defended Chinese dictator Xi Jinping, who the billionaire said isn’t actually a dictator.
“The communist party wants to stay in power in China, and they listen to the public,” he said in an interview with PBS “Firing Line” host Margaret Hoover. “Xi Jinping is not a dictator. He has to satisfy his constituents, or he’s not going to survive.”