- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 20, 2020

Michael Bloomberg’s presidential campaign is defending tweeting out a selectively edited video of Wednesday’s debate that many say was deceptive.

“It’s tongue-in-cheek,” Bloomberg press secretary Galia Slayen said in a statement Thursday.

The video shows the moment during the Democratic primary debate in Las Vegas when the former New York City mayor asked whether any of the other candidates had ever started their own business.

“I’m the only one here that’s ever started a business, is that fair?” Mr. Bloomberg asks in the video.

In reality, Mr. Bloomberg continued talking after asking the question, but in the video tweeted by his campaign, a 20-second silence and the sound of crickets was edited in.



The clip has been slammed as misleading, with some even calling it propaganda.

Ms. Slayen defended it as obvious satire.

“There were obviously no crickets on the debate stage,” she said.

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