Bloomberg announces rules for campaign coverage now that its boss is running
After Bloomberg founder and owner Michael Bloomberg announced he’s running from president, the news organization that bears his names announced a set of guidelines for its coverage during the campaign.
- “There is no point in trying to claim that covering this presidential campaign will be easy for a newsroom that has built up its reputation for independence in part by not writing about ourselves,” editor in chief John Micklethwait wrote in an email to the organization’s staff.
- Bloomberg will continue to report on polls, policies and the Bloomberg campaign just like it normally would.
- It will not, however, do any investigative stories on Bloomberg or the other democratic candidates.
- It will continue to investigate the Trump administration, it said.
- When other “credible” news organizations publish investigative stories on Bloomberg or other democratic candidates, the newsroom will summarize them or run them in full.
- Bloomberg’s opinion section will no longer carry unsigned editorials, since those traditionally represent the views of Bloomberg and the editorial board.
- Meanwhile, the head of the editorial board will take a leave of absence to help run the campaign, while other board members will also take leaves during the campaign.
- Bloomberg will continue to carry signed columns from opinion columnists since these represent the views of the individuals, not the organization as a whole.
- Back in 2016, when Bloomberg was considering running from president, the service’s Washington, D.C. based political news director Kathy Kiely quit, citing the potential conflicts of interest.