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Bloomberg: No bias by Smythe in Shkreli coverage

December 21, 2020

Posted by Chris Roush

Photographer: Paul Taggart/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Bloomberg News said it had found no bias in former reporter Christie Smythe’s coverage of convicted pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli, with whom she had a relationship, reports Katie Robertson of The New York Times.

Robertson reports, “‘Ms. Smythe’s conduct with regard to Mr. Shkreli was not consistent with expectations for a Bloomberg journalist,’ a Bloomberg News spokesperson said. ‘It became apparent that it would be best to part ways. Ms. Smythe tendered her resignation, and we accepted it.’

“Ms. Smythe said she had no regrets about how she had dealt with the ethically perilous issue of covering someone she had developed feelings for. ‘In journalism school, they don’t really tell you what to do when this comes up,’ she said. ‘I just tried to muddle through it and handle things as best as I could.’

“She added, ‘I hadn’t had a romantic relationship with him at the time. I hadn’t slept with him. I just cared about him. So it’s messy. How do you deal with that?'”

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