July 17, 2015

The Huffington Post is wrong about Donald Trump

Rebel Staff

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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commented 2015-08-25 00:00:05 -0400
The Huffington post typifies how the left treats people they disagree with. Mock them, make fun of them, ignore them, demonize them.
commented 2015-07-29 21:33:20 -0400
What I said in my last post, I think I need to be clear. While I think Trump is a good motivator to get people worked up to vote, I wouldn’t like to see him as President because many of his policies lean more to Democrat rather than Republican I fear.
commented 2015-07-28 15:44:58 -0400
Basically I like Trump, he will be good for the economy which Obama seems to be trying to decimate. Where Capitalism brings people’s way of life up, socialist/Democrats, bring everyone down to the same level, of poverty. But, Trump’s policies in many areas is like the Democrats and he gave millions to Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and other Senate members in the past So I think he’s good for debate, getting people out to vote and as the expression goes, “fire in the belly”. However, I think people need to be careful when it comes to voting by their emotions and not their heads.
Huffington Post acted unprofessionally and made a very foolish decision to ridicule Trump after all, Reagan was ridiculed too and look what happened.
commented 2015-07-24 15:33:15 -0400
I love Donald Trump and all he stands for I just wish he never said what he said about McCain and about the Mexicans
He said what he said about MCCain because John said some nasty things about trump and this was a personal retailiation attack by trump .He does not really believe what he said but it is now is what it is. Same deal with Mexico he really meant to say that there are so many illegal Mexicans that are murderers and rapists yet the liberal left wing nutballs claim he meant all illegal mexicans
commented 2015-07-20 20:44:52 -0400
Cohen is correct.

So is Jimmy. As of now, Hillary Clinton is way out in front of Donald Trump in general election polls.

However …

2016 is still quite a way away. If Trump does not win the Republican Party nomination (and it looks like spite will keep him out, if nothing else does), will he run as an independent and can he fund a winning campaign?

I am happy because his input makes the campaign entertaining. Nothing wrong with entertainment.

As for what makes a good president, like I said, Cohen is right. And to his points, I’ll add that much of good leadership is posturing, acting. Reagan’s call to bring down the wall. Harper’s directive to Putin to get out of Ukraine.

If nothing else, Donald Trump is a magnificent foil. And at best, he could lead the free world.
commented 2015-07-20 07:49:48 -0400
Every private publication is free to publish what it wants – just as every news consumer is fre to patronize the publication they feel meets their needs – so we will see how this exclusivity in reporting a POTUS election goes for them.
commented 2015-07-19 15:50:56 -0400
“He’s a war hero ’cause he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.”
I admire the honesty. That said, I also consider that was a stupid statement, and could have been worded much more tactfully. “The Donald” is adding some color to this campaign spearing the sacred cows as it were. Regardless of whether he proceeds any further, which IMO unlikely, he will have opened up discussion no one else would ever touch. I am reminded of the phrase: “Walking where others fear to tread”. Not always popular, but sometimes necessary.
commented 2015-07-19 12:53:40 -0400
Anyone intelligent read that rag?
commented 2015-07-19 09:07:48 -0400
The university folk have all been indoctrinated by Marxist university proffs.
commented 2015-07-19 01:13:18 -0400
Donald Trump today took lots of shots at John McCain, including––most shockingly––the fact that he was a prisoner of war while serving in Vietnam.

Trump’s been feuding with McCain after McCain said Trump is “firing up the crazies” with his outlandish rhetoric, and Trump fired back by calling McCain a “dummy.”

Trump sat down on stage with pollster Frank Luntz at the Family Leadership Summit and continued to fire back at McCain (while still bragging about the crowd he drew because that’s his modus operandi).

At one point, he said he supported McCain in 2008, but doesn’t like him very much now. Luntz pointed out that McCain’s a war hero, and that’s when Trump said this:

“He’s a war hero ’cause he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.”


The Republican National Committee released a statement this afternoon condemning Donald Trump‘s attack on John McCain‘s war hero status.

In case you haven’t heard, Trump slammed McCain today by saying, “He’s a war hero ’cause he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.”

That comment was too much for a lot of conservatives, especially Trump’s Republican presidential rivals, and, it seems, the RNC as well.

This is the statement released by RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer:

Senator McCain is an American hero because he served his country and sacrificed more than most can imagine. Period. There is no place in our party or our country for comments that disparage those who have served honorably.

To say that Donald Trump has crossed a line would be to assume that he hasn’t done so in the past. But this time, he went too far for a lot of people––conservatives especially––with his comments about John McCain.

Trump––who didn’t serve in Vietnam and got draft deferments––attacked John McCain today over, of all things, the fact that he is considered a war hero.

McCain, for those who don’t know, was shot down over Hanoi, captured as a prison of war, and tortured while in captivity. If you want McCain’s full accounting of what he went through, read this. Today Trump, after calling McCain a “loser,” actually said, “He’s a war hero ’cause he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.”

Well, that pretty much crossed the line for a LOT of people, including his own Republican presidential rivals and conservative writers and pundits on Twitter.

Read more: http://thefreewheeler.proboards.com/thread/26171/donald-trump-backlash-mccain-comments#ixzz3gJLM7CeN
commented 2015-07-18 21:02:51 -0400
“Ontario should have been a slam dunk for Tim Hudak. "

It actually was. The election was sabotaged by the public sector unions. Problem is the OPP deliberately didn’t investigate it among other things and now all the proof is likely long destroyed. These are not good times to be in Ontario.
commented 2015-07-18 16:57:32 -0400
Mitt Romney should have taught the American Right a lesson…..running a super rich plutocrat on a “let them eat cake” election platform is simply not an election winning strategy. Ontario should have been a slam dunk for Tim Hudak.
commented 2015-07-18 15:28:53 -0400
Greig McKinnon: " Very few view the Huffington Post as a serious news agency. Perhaps Trump should buy the rag and dump them."

Good idea, but sadly among many university age folk, HuffPost is like a bible. They are in decline, but their garbage has and will continue to influence people more than it deserves to.

As for Trump, Personally I don’t trust him. He’s a real-estate parasite and hasn’t yet proved to me he has improved since a generation ago.
commented 2015-07-18 10:01:18 -0400
I love that he is going to hold their feet to the fire by stirring up the masses,and making them aware of the deceit that is taking place. George Orwell said “in times of universal deceit, stating the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” The left attack anything or anyone that will expose their lies and deceit and they don’t like it one bit, if someone takes their stage away from them. While anyone conservative is demonized and attacked constantly. Donald is trying even that playing field. And I thank him for that.
commented 2015-07-18 09:35:59 -0400
Very few view the Huffington Post as a serious news agency. Perhaps Trump should buy the rag and dump them.
commented 2015-07-18 07:00:54 -0400
Here’s the thing. The left, both in the U.S. and here, fear Trump. They see a political movement of the right forming that they may not be able to confront and win in 2016. They see a politician who speaks his mind without fear of the liberal political correctness police. They see a Republican candidate whom they cannot sew into silence because Trump has the private fortune that will allow him to both defeat any of the usual liberal legal attacks and then turn on the liberals who launched them.

The only weapon that the liberals have left, is to try to de-fang Trump by turning him into a joke, the object of ridicule, the punch line of every late night host’s monologue ( anyone tired of Fallon yet?) Liberals cannot defeat him on the political battle field. They cannot out debate him because he is not constrained by the rules of political correctness that have been set in place by these same liberals. And they cannot sew him into silence. The only thing Huff and Puff has done is to further enhance his position as a dangerously popular Conservative maverick who will not be silenced.

Great move Huff and Puff.
commented 2015-07-18 03:46:09 -0400
Good job Huff-Po. Nice `Torstar move`. Huff-Po is a lefty rag, so a `bush league` move like this makes sense – Huff-Po which carries water for the left, sees Trump as a real threat.

After decades of the GOP and Republicans really being one party, a real threat has emerged. A GOP leader that isn`t paid off. Walker is preferred – he`s a proven winner when it comes to trench warfare, especially with the unions.

But having Trump as GOP head and POTUS would be grand. We currently have a communist in the White House who leads a party that once endorsed slavery and opposed the Emancipation Proclamation in the 1800s, which has now driven $8.5T in new US Fed Debt. $8.5T in MOAR US Fed Debt – making it 18.5T – that`s enslavement. Arianna Huffington (huffpo head) was born Ariadnē-Anna Stasinopoúlou – a Greek immigrant to the UK and who educated there – makes her home in the US – funny how she makes a living attacking the very system that provides her with the opportunity to create her own business (and sell it).
commented 2015-07-18 02:30:54 -0400
JimmyDaSilva said: "Beyond that, Trump doesn’t actually want to be President – he is a media whore and this is all being done to promote Trump the brand. Huffington Post actually did the right thing here, because Trump IS a joke and should be treated as entertainment. "
Seriously man? This is a bone-headed move by a vindictive “infotainment” website, and regardless of what they do, Huffpo has about as much journalistic integrity as Yahoo. Regardless of your opinion is regarding Mr. Trump, at this point he is a ‘serious’ contender, and although he doesn’t massage the politically correct vernacular as annoyingly well as most other politicians he is resonating with the general public because he says what they are thinking but are too ‘scared’ of saying them. Whether or not he goes on to win the nomination is irrelevant, it’s what he’s saying that matters and it’s why he’s leading the GOP field in the polls. The fact that Huffpo is avoiding coverage of him in ‘News’ and ‘Political’ coverage just proves the point of their own lack of credentials in these arenas anyway. They’re satisfied to cuddle up with their ‘Beltway Establishment’-elite buddies, while forsaking journalistic integrity. What are they, the Toronto Star?
You go on the bemoan the fact that “The GOP actually hate what Trump is doing to their image and he will simply won’t get the nomination regardless of what the polls say.” is a simplistic understatement The reason that the GOP is ‘not fond’ of Trump is because he’s not towing the party line when it comes to pandering to the donor-class Republicans that pull the purse-strings of the other candidates. And those donor-class elites are IN FAVOUR of illegal immigration because it supplies them with cheap labor for their businesses and for their house-staffs. The US is currently under a two-party oligarchy of establishment GOP & Democrats to placate their constituents with ‘pleasant talk but no action’. Trump is the consummate disruptor of this ‘group think’ and represents the thoughts of true GOP (and probably many patriotic Democrats as well) who have lost interest in their party and essentially stayed home the last 2 elections rather than vote for Conservative eunuchs like McCain and Romney.
commented 2015-07-18 02:27:52 -0400
Who’d seriously vote for Trump? Idiots, perhaps?
commented 2015-07-18 01:09:23 -0400
Of course Mother Jones agrees with this article. Large parts of it were plagiarized from the MJ article (of the same title, “coincidentally” I am sure).
commented 2015-07-17 21:42:51 -0400
I’ve never been on the Huffington Post, not even one time. Everything I hear about that publication, including this story, tells me I’m right not to contribute to their traffic.
commented 2015-07-17 21:42:32 -0400
At least Trump tells it like it is or at least how he sees it. Political Correctness be damned. I like his attitude.
commented 2015-07-17 21:34:31 -0400
And personally, I like Trump and I hope he wins, and I know he will put that pretender Obama to shame! At least the Donald loves his country, which is more than I can say for the pretender!
commented 2015-07-17 21:28:29 -0400
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. He sure cut the Huffington Post guys down to size. He said it perfectly! Shame on the those who continue to withhold critical information from the public, because they want to have their own way, and keep the public in the dark!
commented 2015-07-17 20:21:37 -0400
To The Rebel Staff:

Trump has no chance in hell of becoming President. The GOP actually hate what Trump is doing to their image and he will simply won’t get the nomination regardless of what the polls say. Even Fox News has acknowledged that fact.

Beyond that, Trump doesn’t actually want to be President – he is a media whore and this is all being done to promote Trump the brand. Huffington Post actually did the right thing here, because Trump IS a joke and should be treated as entertainment.

I realize that you have a conservative/right wing agenda you need to push here and the Huffington Post is your enemy, but don’t be fucking stupid here. There will never be President Trump and he won’t even get the nomination to compete. Besides, Hillary Clinton is killing him in the polls anyway. It will be Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton. It’s a lock.
commented 2015-07-17 19:49:03 -0400
So the Huff Post puts Trump’s campaign in the Entertainment section. Hell, Ronald Reagan was an actor in thee 50s, and Schwarzenegger was CA’s governor. Other states have had actors and former WWE (then WWF) wrestlers as governors…

…not that the Huffington Post is to be taken all that seriously to begin with. It’s probably just their way of trying to increase circulation…
commented 2015-07-17 19:14:31 -0400
Thr Huff’n Puff is just caitering to their leftwingnut readers. Their decision will have absolutely no impact on Trump or his campaign whatsoever. I doubt Trump will even notice since the Huff’n Puff is an insignificant rag of a publication.
commented 2015-07-17 19:05:08 -0400
I for one totally agree with the Huffington Post in their decision! It is standing by their moral ethics and displaying they are not an unbiased reporting service. Their true colors are being displayed along with just how far they lean to the left (Captain! Captain! We are capsizing!). I like most are tired of getting fed lies and deceit, non-factual stories and opinions from a bunch of half-wits who prefer to call themselves journalists or reporters. I really do not give a rats ass what you think or surmise because you don’t care about what the public thinks or surmises. Glad to see Huffington shouting “Damn the torpedos! Full speed ahead!” without any concern for the voting public. Well done Huff!