Bloomberg News Pledges Not To Investigate Democratic Presidential Candidates

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Bloomberg News won’t conduct investigative reporting on any of the Democratic presidential candidates, the outlet’s editor-in-chief announced Sunday.

The announcement followed Michael Bloomberg’s official campaign launch Sunday. “We will continue our tradition of not investigating Mike (and his family and his foundation) and we will extend the same policy to his rivals in the Democratic primaries,” editor-in-chief John Micklethwait wrote in a note to staffers. (RELATED: Michael Bloomberg Officially Joins Presidential Race)

“If other credible journalistic institutions publish investigative work on Mike or the other Democratic candidates, we will either publish those articles in full, or summarize them for our readers — and we will not hide them.”

For the time being, the news outlet “will continue to investigate the Trump administration, as the government of the day,” Micklethwait added. He also revealed that two of Bloomberg News’ top opinion editors, Tim O’Brien and David Shipley, will be joining their boss’s campaign. (RELATED: Bloomberg Law Retracts Story After Reporter’s Emails Exposed)

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Michael Bloomberg. (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Hudson River Park)

Bloomberg in September defended Chinese dictator Xi Jinping, who the billionaire said isn’t actually a dictator. (RELATED: Bloomberg Allegedly Told An Employee To Abort Her Baby: ‘Kill It’)

“The communist party wants to stay in power in China, and they listen to the public,” he said in an interview with PBS “Firing Line” host Margaret Hoover. “Xi Jinping is not a dictator. He has to satisfy his constituents, or he’s not going to survive.” (RELATED: Bloomberg Apologizes For ‘Stop And Frisk’ Policy: ‘I Got Something Important Really Wrong’)

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