The horror! The horror!
Former New York City Mayor Michael “Soda Ban” Bloomberg has announced himself as a candidate for the 2020 Democrat presidential nomination. Bloomberg, the ninth-richest person on earth, also owns Bloomberg News, an enormous media enterprise.
Soda Ban has announced “new rules” for journalists working for Bloomberg News:
No “investigating” any Democrat candidate, especially him.
No unsigned editorials.
The members of the editorial board who used to write the editorials have joined their boss’s political campaign team. It’d be too hard to be on two political campaign teams at once.
I mean, okay, sure, the guy who owns the newspaper is going to have his views represented in it–on the editorial page. Not disguised as factual news reports. I realize that what I’m saying is ridiculously old-fashioned, but I can’t help it–that was how we did journalism, back when I was an editor and reporter. You put the opinion on the opinion page.
But this is breathtakingly flagrant. This is hypocrisy on steroids. Bloomberg Nooze will continue to “investigate” President Donald Trump and any other Republican, but all the Democrats are out of bounds.
Mayor Soda Ban has already spent $34 million on campaign ads, and he’s only just started. He now has made sure that at least one very large news corporation won’t be peering through his keyhole. The others will probably all follow suit.
Our free and independent press pioneered this sort of non-coverage by refusing ever to examine the background, credentials, and character of President *Batteries Not Included. But that’s only because they were so busy praising him.
Is this a shameful age to be living in, or what?