Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg faced criticism over the weekend for comments he made about reporters at his own news publication, Bloomberg News.
The backlash surrounding the editorial policy led to the Trump campaign and Republican National Committee’s decision to no longer credential their reporters. Bloomberg threw that policy back in the spotlight on Friday during an interview with CBS News’ Gayle King. He said the reporters that are critical of the policy “just have to learn to live with some things. They get a paycheck. But with your paycheck comes some restrictions and responsibilities.”
Media studies professor at DePauw University, Jeff McCall, told the Washington Examiner that the situation has been “poorly managed” since the campaign launch and added that Bloomberg’s remarks about his reporters “reflects a tin ear to the basics of journalistic professionalism.” McCall, who believes the policy should be changed, suggested that the outlet could have hired independent freelance reporters from outside the outlet, which would allow their editorial process to be separate from the “organization’s news hierarchy and Bloomberg himself.”