Welcome to another chapter of Fridays With Morry, the Tuesday edition. Sorry.
Today’s topic is The Donald.
During the last campaign season, I took part in a local news station’s undecided voter forum watching the debates. At the end of the process, I still hated Romney and Obama. Off camera, local pundits that were brought in to participate told me I could always write in who I wanted to vote for. So I went back on camera and on the record to say I would write in Donald Trump.
(Little did I know, the local ballot I received said I could only write in pre-approved candidates. What good does writing in do if that’s the case? I voted Libertarian instead. And in New Zealand, I would be in legal trouble for revealing that.)
So imagine my surprise when Trump finally jumped in with both feet for this new election cycle. I am totally for the man being in charge. We have had too many politicians screwing up the country. It’s time we had a businessman running the place. Maybe we could get back to center. As his campaign slogan says, “Make America Great Again”.
So now fast forward to a few days ago. Huffington Post issues a statement.
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.
Now, does HuffPo wish to be considered serious journalists? I’m not talking about the individual journalists that work for HuffPo, I’m talking about their management and editorial committees that made that decision. One of the timeless ideals of journalism is that you are a window to the world. You allow people to see what is going on that they can’t experience for themselves. Especially when it comes to politics, there are federal rules about equal time. I don’t know if HuffPo falls under that umbrella. If they do, I’d want to see a federal investigation in to this. It is for the people to decide for themselves if someone’s campaign is serious or not. Then they respond at the voting booth. It is not your right to tell them what to think. That is, unless you are a tabloid, or aspire to be the next Russian state media outlet.
I spent nearly a decade in the journalism profession. I would have gotten fired had I pulled that stunt.
One more thing about Trump. Some people are saying he is uncouth and just a complete asshole. Well, there’s nothing in the constitution that says you have to walk on eggshells to be president. All he needs is 50% + 1 to agree with him and he is the president. If you wipe away the attitude, bluntness, and narcissism, he’s got all the skill to make America great again.
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