A media watchdog has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against the parent company of Bloomberg News and the Michael Bloomberg campaign for possible campaign finance violations.
Just before Thanksgiving, Bloomberg News announced it would not be doing any investigations on its owner, presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, or any of his Democrat primary opponents – but that they would aggressively investigate President Donald Trump. Earlier this week, Media Research Center president Brent Bozell described that as "a public declaration that Bloomberg's newsroom is adopting media bias as an official policy" – as well as "not only categorically unethical, but potentially illegal …."
"Bloomberg News is making a mockery of legitimate journalism," Bozell added. "They have consciously chosen to abandon their journalistic responsibilities in favor of what is politically convenient."
MRC's Kyle Drennen tells OneNewsNow that his group has filed a complaint with the FEC, arguing that the decision by the news outlet constitutes an illegal contribution to Democrats.
"They very clearly said that we are going to help one side by not doing any investigative journalism, and we are going to go against the Republican president by thoroughly investigating anything we want to with him," he summarizes.
Federal election law gives news outlets a pass for money it spends on stories about candidates – unless the outlet is owned by a political party or candidate, in which case it must give "reasonably equal coverage" to all opposing candidates. Otherwise the coverage is to be counted as a campaign contribution.
"In this case," Drennen explains, "you have a media organization that is owned by one of the candidates – and it has explicitly said that they are not going to be giving fair coverage. … It seems like it meets the definition to a T."
Drennen says he's used to mainstream media taking sides in a political debate. But because Michael Bloomberg owns 89 percent of Bloomberg News, this is different.
"Media bias is one thing," says the MRC spokesman, "but there comes a point in which a media organization is basically giving an in-kind contribution of a political candidate."
Following Bloomberg's announcement of its new policy, the Trump campaign said because "they have declared their bias openly," Bloomberg reporters will no longer receive credentials to rallies or campaign events.