Media mogul and former Mayor Michael Bloomberg may or may not be running for president in 2020. But in either case he’s building what The Atlantic called “the most powerful political organization in America” designed to defeat President Donald Trump.
He already has a tremendously powerful media empire. It includes TV, magazine, radio, online and industry publications. Bloomberg News publishes 5,000 stories a day in 120 countries. A Nexis search for the past year, which only accesses transcripts for some Bloomberg media products, had 2,947 hits that mentioned President Donald Trump.
During Friday’s White House press briefing, Bloomberg correspondent Justin Sink pressed Sean Spicer on whether the administration was “too excited” by a positive February jobs report released that morning: “Obviously you guys were excited by the jobs report, but maybe a little too excited. Both you and the President tweeting within an hour of the jobs data coming out, which is a violation of the federal rules....what do you say generally to critics who say the risk of doing this is politicizing what should be kind of non-partisan, by-the-books job data?”
Bloomberg’s political duo, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, seemed to take conspiracy theories about a Donald Trump presidency to a new level Monday evening’s With All Due Respect, when they speculated that the president-elect would “openly” and “with impunity” profiteer off of his elected position. And in the process, they implicated both President Lyndon B. Johnson, Senator Harry Reid in such money grabbing schemes.
The liberal media was up in arms Wednesday over President-Elect Donald Trump having the nerve to want a relatively quiet dinner with his family away from the press. Bloomberg’s John Heilemann decried the president-elect on With All Due Respect, calling the dinner, “a major brake in protocol and one the White House Correspondents Association called, quote, ‘unacceptable.’” When discussing why the press needed to know the whereabouts of the president Heilemann and his co-host Mark Haplerin were fixated on presidential assassinations.
During an interview on the syndicated television program In Depth With Graham Bensinger, liberal writer, director and comedian Judd Apatow used the opportunity as a guest on the weekend show to slam Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as “a sociopath,” “a very, very dangerous person” and “a madman.”
Apatow's rant came after the host asked him a simple question: “How do you view Donald Trump?” The guest, who has used his Twitter account to hammer the GOP candidate on a wide variety of subjects, could barely restrain himself while doling out a tremendous amount of venom.
If there’s ever a Donald Trump-centric TV channel, it’s likely that not all of its big names would be from the populist right, hinted What Liberal Media? author Alterman in his column for The Nation's November 14 issue. Alterman claimed that MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough “has made some of the most egregious pro-Trump arguments heard anywhere during this election cycle” and, regarding Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin, wrote, “The famous inside-baseballer has bathed himself repeatedly in Trump’s orange glow, posting romantic-style selfies with the nominee from his helicopter and defending his racist arguments about Mexicans and guns, among many other outrages.”
Ever since The New York Times published numerous sexual assault accusations against Donald Trump on Wednesday the GOP nominee has been threatening the file a lawsuit against paper. In a response to Trump’s threats, the paper’s legal team put out a declaration basically saying “bring it on.” Mark Halperin, the managing editor for Bloomberg Politics, took exception with the Times’ message on Thursday, “What I object to, is that I think the paper is making a big mistake, even though it is the lawyers and not the editors.”
Following the first presidential debate on Monday, Donald Trump has turned his sights onto former President Bill Clinton in an effort to rout Hillary Clinton. At a rally in New Hampshire Thursday Trump reminded the public that Bill was impeached in 1998 for lying in a sworn deposition. But Bloomberg’s John Heilemann on With All Due Respect pooh-poohed the attack saying, “I believe it is much more of a distraction than it is a focus.” He explained his opinion by claiming that Bill, “wasn’t impeached over lying.”
The media was up in arms Tuesday following an expansive report by The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold, which alleged that Donald Trump used over a quarter of million dollars from his charity to pay for his personal legal problems. Bloomberg’s John Heilemann seemed rather perturbed by the allegations. “It suggests to me that the Trump Foundation, again if these allegations are true, is way more corrupt on the face of it, way more corrupt, than any allegation than the Clinton Foundation is.” Heilemann declared on With All Due Respect.
Don't be so modest, Bob. You have an amazing power. Any presidential candidate who you either work for directly or declare to have won before Election Day is doomed to fail. That power that you are so reluctant to brag about is known far and wide within political circles as the "Shrum Curse." We saw the latest demonstration by Bob Shrum of that power on With All Due Respect on September 2 as chronicled by your humble correspondent who anticipated its effects in this Newsbusters article, WADR: Will Shrum Curse Doom Hillary's Campaign?
With the news cycle focused so heavily on the candidates’ current health and medical records this week, both candidates opened themselves up Wednesday by releasing new health information from their doctors. And by all accounts, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are health for being 70. But on Bloomberg’s With All Due Respect, co-host Donny Deutsch took swings at his favorite punching bag. “I’m going to give you another fact,” Deutsch stated, “Between 40 and 60 percent have erectile dysfunction at that age.”
During a discussion on Bloomberg’s With All Due Respect about concerns that the Republican Party would abandon Donald Trump, guest Donny Deutsch shared his own fantasy that would spell bad news for the GOP. “I actually believe something else is going to start to happen in the next few weeks if things don't turn around,” Deutsch warned, “I can actually see Trump bailing.” According to Deutsch this isn’t the first time the thought has crossed his mind.