New Yorker to run presidential campaign in 2020

NEW YORK — The New York Times is launching a presidential campaign.

The Times will begin airing ads in the first weeks of 2020 in battleground states that have been critical to President Donald Trump’s hopes of winning re-election, a spokesman for the paper said Tuesday.

The announcement comes as the Times faces mounting criticism over its coverage of Trump and his supporters, including its handling of a bombshell story that found Trump had made false statements about the size of a crowd at a rally.

In its latest edition on Monday, the Times said it had learned from “an independent source that the Trump campaign had shared information about how it planned to organize its events with the Times.”

The paper did not identify the source of the information.

Trump has repeatedly denied the report and has lashed out at the Times, calling the paper “fake news.”

The Times, which is owned by News Corp., said it was working with a nonpartisan nonprofit to help the campaign with the ads, which will run in its New York office and in cities across the country.