By Christopher “Flood the Drummer®” Norris
5.5.16: National – (Politics): One of the most polarizing political figures in modern history, who also claims to have the world’s greatest memory, this week took another step closer to becoming the President of the United States, an occurrence that for some of his critics could be, absent of hyperbole, equated to Armageddon. A large number of Mr. Donald Trump’s dissenters were fellow Republicans who the billionaire real-estate mogul says, despite calls for party unity, he can do without.
Simply put, Mr. Trump, who comedian Mr. Trevor Noah referred to as a “petulant child,” holds grudges and, as a result of his impeccable memorization, will be mindful of those who withheld their support and, in return, deny them access, favors and/or audience if he does become the leader of the free world. But, for every one conservative politician who spoke ill of Mr. Trump, there may be up to three pundits and media-makers that did the same.
So, given that Mr. Trump, as a candidate, is already hard on, and somewhat verbally abusive to, the media, is it unreasonable to expect him, as President, to treat them fairly? Usually, the inquiry is reversed: can the media treat its subjects fairly? However, the primary election has shown that the media, on the subject of Mr. Trump at least, has little interest in objectivity.
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For example, The Huffington Post didn’t file stories on Mr. Trump under politics but rather in the entertainment section.
“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,” read a statement from the media company’s editorial director and Washington bureau chief.
Ms. Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post, said Mr. Trump poses a “tremendous danger” to America. It’s quite unlikely Mr. Trump will forget that comment, or be the bigger man and shake it off, so what does that mean for the Huffington Post reporters on the ground that might cover his presidency? Will they, and others who wrote unfavorably about Mr. Trump, be snubbed in pressers? Will they be without a shot at landing an exclusive interview on a subject of great public interest?
These questions, considering Mr. Trump has already talked about changing U.S. libel laws in order to sue the media for writing unflattering or false articles, are important to think about particularly if you’re a news editor, publisher, or a lover of the freedom of the press. It’s not an exaggeration to think that Mr. Trump, with his hurt feelings, could jeopardize the flow of information to the public. It’s not without reason to believe Mr. Trump, a media manipulator, could attempt to control the news as other dictator-types have done around the world.
The circumstances of the Trump campaign have been anything but normal, so it’s reasonable to assume a Trump presidency could be equally unprecedented.
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