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Fmr. Bloomberg News Editor Bashes Michael Bloomberg’s 2020 Ambitions

"For someone who is holding himself out as a political alternative to President Trump, Bloomberg sounds remarkably like his brassier Manhattan neighbor."

By NTK Staff | 12.10.2018 @11:15am
Fmr. Bloomberg News Editor Bashes Michael Bloomberg’s 2020 Ambitions

Kathy Kiely, who served as the politics editor at Bloomberg News, wrote a scathing editorial comparing former New York City mayor and owner of Bloomberg News, Michael Bloomberg, to President Trump over recent comments he made during an interview with Radio Iowa.

Bloomberg, who is rumored to be considering a 2020 presidential run, told Radio Iowa that if he decided to run for president, Bloomberg News would not be covering the presidential campaign.

“Quite honestly, I don’t want the reporters I’m paying to write a bad story about me,” Bloomberg said. “I don’t want them to be independent.”

Kiely, who left her job at Bloomberg News in 2016 after Bloomberg started contemplating a presidential run in 2016, said in a Washington Post editorial that these recent comments by Bloomberg confirmed her worst fears about her former employer.

According to Kiely, in 2016 Bloomberg News staffer were “informed in no uncertain terms why this incipient presidential campaign would be different from all of that year’s many other presidential campaigns: We wouldn’t be covering it.”

“I always wondered whether the whole mess hadn’t been the result of a gross misinterpretation of the chief executive’s wishes by some overzealous lieutenants,” Kiely wrote.

“Now we have our answer,” Kiely said referring to Bloomberg’s recent Radio Iowa interview. “You can’t get much more transparent than that.”

“What Bloomberg does with his considerable fortune as a private businessman is, quite literally, his own business,” Kiely wrote. “But a potential aspirant for public office opens his actions and opinions to public dissection. Those actions and opinions reveal a disturbing attitude toward the First Amendment — and democracy generally.”

Kiely compared Bloomberg’s comments to the Trump administration’s decision to bar reporters from press briefings who asked Trump “disrespectful” questions.

“For someone who is holding himself out as a political alternative to President Trump, Bloomberg sounds remarkably like his brassier Manhattan neighbor, at least when it comes to his cynical view of journalism,” Kiely wrote.

Kiely also said that it was “balderdash” for Bloomberg to allege that Bloomberg News reports couldn’t cover his presidential campaign impartially.

“Here’s the dirty little secret of media ownership: The reporters may get paid by the person with the checkbook, but they work for the readers — or the viewers, or the listeners,” Kiely wrote.

Kiely then suggested that it was Bloomberg’s fault “that Bloomberg News ended up harboring two boldface #MeToo perps — Charlie Rose and Mark Halperin.”

“Both of whom might have been caught a lot sooner had their managers shown less tolerance for behavior that would have been promptly disciplined had it come from anyone with less celebrity wattage,” Kiely wrote.

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