A veteran journalist has said he backs fast-rising Democratic candidate Michael Bloomberg, and a media watchdog says nobody should be surprised.
Sam Donaldson, the former ABC News anchor, endorsed Bloomberg in a political ad (see below) that praises the New York City mayor and denounces President Donald Trump.
"Donald J. Trump is a threat to our country," Donaldson warns in the ad. "He doesn't understand our Constitution. He doesn't seem to care about a lot of people. Donald Trump doesn't understand the world."
Donaldson, now 85, goes on to call Trump unqualified to be in the White House and praises Bloomberg.
"[Bloomberg] understands people. He proved that as mayor of New York,” Donaldson says, “and Bloomberg can beat Trump."
Dan Gainor of the Media Research Center says it’s no surprise to witness Donaldson publicly state his liberal beliefs which follows the same pattern as household names Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, and Dan Rather.
Donaldson, who started at ABC News in the 1960s, served for years as White House correspondent and famously shouted questions at Ronald Reagan, like asking the aging president during a 1983 surprise birthday party if he was getting “too old” to run for re-election.
“How would you like a piece of cake, Sam?” Nancy Reagan famously responded.
Someone who admits to really being "thrown off” by Sam Donaldson is former ABC employee Emily Miller, who stated via Twitter that Donaldson’s endorsement “hurts” working reporters who are attempting to prove to the public that they aren’t biased liberals.