As per recent reports, Michael Bloomberg, owner of the media company, Bloomberg and the former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has indicated that he will join the Presidency race in the US after he submitted paperwork ahead of a deadline for the Democratic primary election in Alabama. The 77-year old tycoon has not confirmed his candidacy. Spokesman Jason Schechter, however, told the US media that an announcement “could come as early as next week”.
It is said that Michael Bloomberg is aware of his late entry into the Presidential race, and how it could affect his prospects given that other Democratic contenders have already been campaigning for months in states like Iowa and New Hampshire. The Bloomberg team, however, is hopeful of capitalising on the so-called Super Tuesday contests in March, when 14 states including California, Alabama and Colorado will vote on a single day for their preferred presidential nominee.
After putting a lot of content critical of his friend-turned-foe Donald Trump on Bloomberg, an American media company owned by him, Michael Bloomberg has clear plans to run for presidency. He had earlier considered running for the 2008 and 2016 Presidential elections in the US as an independent candidate. However, what could potentially play a spoilsport in Michael Bloomberg’s Presidential ambitions is The Quint, an Indian media outlet owned by Bloomberg.
Quint has been guilty of peddling a lot of biased content in India. Its biased brand of journalism hogged limelight for its politically biased and wayward journalism, which has been very often of an anti-India character. Take the Quint’s mischievous report on Kulbhushan Jadhav, for example branding him as a spy, something that was later quoted by Pakistani media and government. The Quint’s malicious reporting was detrimental to India’s interests and also almost pushed Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was arrested on false charges by Pakistan, towards the gallows. Quint authors have also been guilty of wishing death upon PM Modi.
The Quint has also been proactive in its approach of humanising terrorism, notwithstanding the fact that it sees a ‘terror’ angle behind the Hindu festival of Holi. It has been at the forefront of a campaign vouching for the human rights of terrorists, and one of its stories even virtually paid a tribute to Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of 9/ 11 attacks. The Quint has also been frequently publishing reports about make-believe claims of EVM malfunctioning, manipulation and glitches.
The Quint has been at the forefront of this systematic campaign against the EVMs making bizarre allegations in a clear attempt to take the largest democracy of the world by ransom, and influencing elections in the country. Even after the Lok Sabha poll results this year, The Quint had published one such story casting aspersions about the EVMs and the election process in India.
The Quint’s biased and anti-establishment narrative within India makes it an infamous media outlet, something that could prove to be a major obstacle in Michael Bloomberg’s run for the US Presidency. The Indian American community is an influential factor when it comes to the United States. This became amply clear after the recent “Howdy Modi!” event. The significant role played by the Indian community in the US was for everyone to see during the big event. PM Modi’s might dominated the event and one of the primary reasons behind that was the huge presence and the influence of the Indian American community in the United States. Bloomberg’s Presidential prospects could, therefore, get watered down solely because of the kind of anti-establishment and even anti-India content that the Quint owned by the Bloomberg has been time and again publishing.