Harper’s publisher doubts Bloomberg’s honesty and courage

Chris Roush

Chris Roush is the dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. He was previously Walter E. Hussman Sr. Distinguished Professor in business journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is a former business journalist for Bloomberg News, Businessweek, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Tampa Tribune and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. He is the author of the leading business reporting textbook "Show me the Money: Writing Business and Economics Stories for Mass Communication" and "Thinking Things Over," a biography of former Wall Street Journal editor Vermont Royster.

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  1. Former Bloomberg-er says:

    I suspect the story was withheld because the reporter needed more evidence and/or would expose the company to a libel risk. As they’ve said, the story was not spiked in its entirety, and the company has previously published stories that upset Chinese government officials.

    As for the difference between Bloomberg and News Corp., the latter’s employees allegedly broke the law to obtain private communication, while the former didn’t break a law and did not have access to private communication, only limited data such as a client’s last login date. The latter should not have happened, but comparing it to News Corp is a false equivalency.

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