Bloomberg says reporters need to accept restrictions
Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg says employees at his news organization need to accept restrictions with their paycheck, including the ban on investigating their boss, reports David Bauder of the Associated Press.
Bauder reports, “‘We just have to learn to live with some things,’ Bloomberg told CBS. His reporters ‘get a paycheck. But with your paycheck comes some restrictions and responsibilities.’
“He said that people have said to him, ‘‘how can you investigate yourself?’ And I said, Ï don’t think you can.’’ He noted that Bloomberg News subscribers also get access to campaign news from The New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal.
“With his comments, the former New York mayor ‘puts the journalists who work for him in an extremely uncomfortable, tenuous position,’ said Lynne Adrine, a Washington-based journalism professor for Syracuse University.
“As the owner of Bloomberg News, which started in 1990, Bloomberg has the right to do as he wants, she said.”
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