Apparently this summer, The Huffington Post had moved all Trump coverage to be part of their Entertainment coverage because they do not want to treat him as a true candidate. Following his extremely
surprising unsurprising racism in his most recent call to close borders to all Muslims, Huffpo is now removing him from Entertainment and considering him news again because they view him as a serious threat.
Our decision in July was made because we refused to go along with the idea, based simply on poll numbers, that Trump’s candidacy was actually a serious and good faith effort to present ideas on how best to govern the country. We continue to believe this to be true — and will continue to let it guide our coverage — but much has changed.
Yes, there was certainly no shortage of ugly comments from the beginning, as he kicked off his campaign with outrageous comments about Mexicans. But at first, this over-the-top xenophobia, though disgusting, played as the sour shtick of a washed-up insult comic. Now that Trump, aided by the media, has doubled down on the cruelty and know-nothingness that defined his campaign’s early days, the ‘can you believe he said that?’ novelty has curdled and congealed into something repellent and threatening — laying bare a disturbing aspect of American politics.
We believe that the way we cover the campaign should reflect this shift. And part of that involves never failing to remind our audience who Trump is and what his campaign really represents.
But that doesn’t mean we in the media should in any way let Trump or those who would follow his footsteps off the hook. So as we cover his daily campaign, we’ll constantly remind the public of what he stands for, citing references and providing links.
I mean, I don’t think there’s anything too noble in this decision. How hard is it to call Trump a bigot? Not hard, especially if you’re the Huffington Post and
a little bit totally biased in general. But, I have to say, I’m all for the media calling out this shit. I do long for more articles that are strictly news without opinion, sometimes, but the flip side to that is a nauseating need to give idiots equal air time. I kind of wish there would be a mass movement to stop covering him completely - I think that would hurt him the most. Usually I don’t favor the “stop giving ____ attention!” approach but right now I do.
And to all the Republicans lamenting the direction of their party: this is what fucking happens when you spend years hate-mongering for monetary gains. You’ve made your bed. Trump is the monster you never thought would escape. Now there is no one to represent you.