Childish behavior is unwelcome during presidential processDonald Trump apparently doesn’t get how newspapers work.
His campaign is reportedly refusing press credentials for the largest newspaper in Iowa, the Des Moines Register. His reasoning?
The Register published an editorial that was critical of Trump’s behavior.
Among other points, they described Trump’s recent comments about John McCain as making him “unfit to stand on the same stage as his Republican opponents.”
In response to the scathing opinion piece, Trump’s people made it clear that the Register was no longer welcome to cover his events.
Trump’s national campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, told Obradovich in a phone call that the Register was being excluded from the event because of the editorial.Trump certainly has the right to refuse access to his campaign to whomever he wants to restrict. But in so doing, he is adding a new adjective to his repertoire: of acting “babyish.”
“We’re not issuing credentials to anyone from The Des Moines Register based on the editorial that they wrote earlier in the week,” he said.
OK, maybe describing it as a new behavior goes a bit far, too.
But it is a troubling practice. Sure, politicians have given the cold-shoulder treatment to newspapers for generations. Yet this move is a spit in the face of the institution of journalism as well as its importance to American politics.
The editorial/opinion department of any given newspaper is traditionally separate from the news writing it produces. Trump should know this, or he shouldn’t get into the business of running for president. And acting like a child when someone prints something he doesn’t like is not the way to win people over.
If he’s serious about this presidential run, he needs to start thinking practically: If he’s going to start refusing credentials to every paper that refuses to accept his nonsense, his events are going to start to have no one reporting on them...something I personally won’t lose any sleep over