90 Miles From Tyranny : Despicable: Bloomberg Censors, Threatens His Reporters in China

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Despicable: Bloomberg Censors, Threatens His Reporters in China

While ABC and CBS were largely putting aside the many controversies of former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to tout his rapid rise in the polls Tuesday, Leta Hong Fincher, the wife of a former award-winning Bloomberg News reporter was busy reminding the public of how Bloomberg censors his reporters who cover China and threatens those that don’t submit.

“I am one of the many women Mike Bloomberg’s company tried to silence through nondisclosure agreements. The funny thing is, I never even worked for Bloomberg. But my story shows the lengths that the Bloomberg machine will go to in order to avoid offending Beijing,” she began her piece in The Intercept.

According to Hong Fincher, her husband, Michael Forsythe, published an article with Bloomberg News documenting the wealth Chinese dictator Xi Jinping’s family had amassed. Shortly thereafter, Hong Fincher’s family was threatened with death by a mysterious woman with ties to a Xi relative. While Bloomberg News was dragging their feet to get them out of the country, she broke her silence and tweeted about the death threats. The company fruitlessly pressured Forsythe to get her to delete them.

Her husband would later work on a similar story for Bloomberg News about the wealth accumulated by communist officials and their relatives, even receiving praise from an editor eager to publish it. “Then Bloomberg killed the story at the last minute, and the company fired my husband in November after comments by Bloomberg News editor-in-chief Matt Winkler were leaked. ‘If we run the story, we’ll be kicked out of China,’ Winkler reportedly said on a company call,” she explained.

Hong Fincher’s family was then subjected to a months-long legal battle where Bloomberg sent teams of lawyers to threaten financial ruin against them if she didn’t sign an NDA. Bloomberg finally relented after she hired the lawyer who represented Edward Snowden. The company also claimed...

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