Elizabeth Warren called on fellow Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg to divest from the news division of his company “so there’s no question about his influence” over its coverage of 2020 candidates.
“If Michael Bloomberg wants to be the Democratic nominee, he should let reporters do their jobs and report on him, and everyone else, as they see fit,” Warren said in a series of tweets on Wednesday.
Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News. He has said he’ll put his company in a trust or sell it if he wins the election.
A spokesperson for Bloomberg News had no comment on Warren’s tweets.
Warren referred to a policy that Bloomberg Editor in Chief John Micklethwait set out when Michael Bloomberg announced his candidacy. It said Bloomberg News would cover the Democratic candidates, including Bloomberg. It would continue the longstanding practice of not investigating Bloomberg or his family and foundation, and extend the same policy to his Democratic rivals. The news organization’s investigative team would continue to investigate the Trump administration as the government of the day.