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LFC's Photo LFC 02 December 2019 - 05:00 PM

Another example of Trump desperately trying to push back against any non-state (i.e. not compliant) news (i.e. not propaganda) organization.

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President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign revoked press credentials from Bloomberg News reporters on Tuesday, accusing the news outlet of bias following the launch of Michael Bloomberg’s presidential campaign.

Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale announced the move in response to Bloomberg News’ editor-in-chief John Micklethwait’s new editorial guidelines on covering the 2020 race, which mandate that the outlet will not investigate Bloomberg or any of the other Democratic primary candidates.

Parscale said the guidelines were “troubling and wrong.”

“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 said.

Micklethwait slammed the campaign’s decision in an official statement.

“The accusation of bias couldn’t be further from the truth,” Micklethwait said. “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.”

On November 24, the same day Bloomberg officially launched his campaign, Micklethwait sent out a memo to his editorial staff advising them that the outlet would “continue our tradition of not investigating Mike (and his family and foundation) and we will extend the same policy to his rivals in the Democratic primaries” because “we cannot treat Mike’s Democratic competitors differently from him.”

The editor-in-chief told the reporters that the outlet would continue to investigate Trump and his administration “as the government of the day.”

“If Mike is chosen as the Democratic presidential candidate (and Donald Trump emerges as the Republican one), we will reassess how we do that,” Micklethwait wrote.
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golden_valley's Photo golden_valley 02 December 2019 - 07:06 PM

How important are press credentials? Since there are no press conferences in the White House anymore and whatever Trump says on the White House lawn is well recorded and covered, what is the point of them?

ETA: Answered my own question...it's the Trump campaign that is denying Bloomberg the ability to travel with the campaign. I should read more closely. I still think it's no great loss. Trump and his campaign was overly covered in 2016 and probably will be this time too. Bloomberg can watch the rallies to see what's on Trump's mind and/or keep reading Twitter.
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baw1064's Photo baw1064 02 December 2019 - 11:46 PM

I think they should just have a twitter debate--see which candidate can lunch the most zingers as judged by number of likes. It's what the country deserves.
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