Officials for the re-election campaign for President Donald Trump escorted a Bloomberg News reporter out of an event in Iowa on Monday, following through with Trump 2020’s policy of no longer credentialing the outlet’s reporters.
What are the details?
The Wall Street Journal reported that Bloomberg reporter Jennifer Jacobs was “walked out of the room” before a press conference in West Des Moines, on the same day as the Iowa caucuses. President Trump was not present at the event.
A Trump campaign representative told The Hill, “It was cordial, but she wasn’t credentialed per our policy.” Bloomberg News refused comment to both The Journal and The Hill on the matter.
The founder and namesake of Bloomberg News, Democrat Mike Bloomberg, announced his candidacy for president of the United States in November. Shortly thereafter, his news organization’s editorial and research editor in chief announced to staffers, “We will 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.” However, the editor declared, “Our P&I team will continue to investigate the Trump administration.”
The decision was lambasted publicly by several media outlets and even a former veteran Bloomberg News reporter.
In early December, Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale reacted to Bloomberg News’ policy with a counter-policy from the president’s re-election campaign.
“Bloomberg News has declared that they won’t investigate their boss or his Democratic competitors, many of whom are current holders of high office, but will continue critical reporting on President Trump,” Parscale wrote. “As President Trump’s campaign, we are accustomed to unfair reporting practices, but most news organizations don’t announce their bias so publicly.
“Since they have declared their bias openly, the Trump campaign will not longer credential representatives of Bloomberg News for rallies or other campaign events,” Parscale said, adding, “We will determine whether to engage with individual reporters or answer inquiries from Bloomberg News on a case-by-case basis.”
Bloomberg defended his news outlet’s decision to limit its political coverage of all 2020 Democrats while he is in the race and dismissed his own reporters’ complaints over the policy, telling them, “With your paycheck comes some restrictions and responsibilities.”
The Washington Examiner noted that Bloomberg News reporters “still have access to Trump’s rallies as part of their permanent role in the White House press corps travel pool.”