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"Our reporters should not have access to any data considered proprietary," Bloomberg News Editor-in-Chief Matthew Winkler writes in an editorial published Sunday night. "I am sorry they did
. The error is inexcusable."
The editorial follows a weekend of increasingly bad news for Bloomberg, beginning with the revelation, first published in the New York Post last Thursday night, that Goldman Sachs had complained about Bloomberg News reporters using terminal data "to keep tabs on some employees
"Although we have long made limited customer relationship data available to our journalists, we realize this was a mistake
," Bloomberg L.P. CEO and President Daniel L. Doctoroff wrote in a blog post Friday.
BuzzFeed's Peter Lauria reported Saturday Bloomberg executives knew about the snooping in 2011
, when Bloomberg TV anchor Erik Schatzker mentioned the practice on-air. He says the data available to reporters was not as useful for newsgathering as it was for planning: "Bloomberg reporters can see the aggregate number of readers for a specific story, but cannot identify the individual readers."