The Huffington Post has announced Friday that it will not treat Donald Trump as a serious political candidate. Consequently, Huffington Post reporters will not afford him coverage in its news and politics sections; instead, the site will dump its output on the billionaire real estate mogul to the entertainment section. To avoid potential accusations of distortion and quote manipulation, here is the announcement in full:
“After watching and listening to Donald Trump since he announced his candidacy for president, we have decided we won’t report on Trump’s campaign as part of The Huffington Post’s political coverage. Instead, we will cover his campaign as part of our Entertainment section. Our reason is simple: Trump’s campaign is a sideshow. We won’t take the bait. If you are interested in what The Donald has to say, you’ll find it next to our stories on the Kardashians and The Bachelorette.”
Published by the Huffington Post’s Washington bureau chief Ryan Grim and the site’s editorial director Danny Shea, the announcement is a huge mistake. Here’s why:
The latest Fox News national poll has found that Trump has captured a 3-point lead over Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in the Republican presidential primary race.
Mr. You’re Fired has secured the support of 18 per cent of Republican primary voters, Walker sits on 15 per cent, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at 14 per cent - and no one else reaches double digits.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul receives eight per cent, Florida Senator Marco Rubio sits on seven per cent, former neurosurgeon Ben Carson gets six per cent, and Canadian-born Texas Senator Ted Cruz and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee get four per cent each.
Trump is also the candidate GOP voters - a sizeable demographic within the U.S. - are most interested in learning about more during the debates, which begin on August 6, according to Fox News.
Admittedly, Trump is not the most cautious speaker in the Republican primary field – but the outspoken tycoon, who is reportedly worth approximately $4.1 billion, according to Forbes, is kind of a big deal.
Even Mother Jones, the staunchly liberal and strongly left-leaning U.S. magazine, agrees with this analysis.
Writing in response to the Huffington Post’s announcement of their momentous shift in editorial policy, Mother Jones’ Washington bureau chief David Corn said: “It’s not that Trump is truly a statesman who ought to be regarded as such. But he is a political phenomenon that tells us much about the significant slice of the American public: Republican voters […] As of now, Trump, with all his bluster and bleating, is their celebrity champion, the contestant they embrace and root for. And that’s no sideshow.”
Addressing the Huffington’s Post’s decision, Trump spokesman Michael Cohen said: “Mr. Trump is deserving of all the coverage that he is receiving. Those that question his qualifications are probably unqualified to be journalists themselves. The fact is, Mr. Trump has built a $10 billion-plus empire, employs thousands of people, has worked with many leaders around the globe successfully and is considered one of the best negotiators in history. These are all qualifications to being a great president.”
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