The Huffington Post has declared war on Donald Trump. Kind of.
Calling the real-estate mogul a “sideshow” in the 2016 Republican presidential race, the Huffington Post decided to no longer cover Trump’s presidential run on its political pages, opting instead to relegate him to the entertainment section — despite the fact that the move makes no noticeable difference to readers.
Making the announcement Friday, the Post made it clear it considers Trump little more than a joke in the GOP race:
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.
But the move, despite the Post’s making a big deal of it, was made more to bash Trump than to bolster the Post’s journalistic integrity. (That would have required a very big move.)
As Twtichy reported Friday, Trump stories will still be prominently displayed on the home page, and he will still be covered by political correspondents and included in political columns that discuss the overall GOP presidential primary.
He even had his own tab at the top of the homepage Friday because he was making so much news.
In other words, the Post just wanted an excuse to compare Trump to the Kardashians and insult his credibility.
Trump’s reaction to the Post’s petty insult was still reported by Paige Lavender, senior politics editor for the Huff Post. Her story even appeared as a main feature on the site’s homepage.
So what’s the difference?
The Post’s decision was, in the end, just a tantrum over Trump’s popularity. After all, Trump is still making headlines and the Post is still grudgingly reporting them.
Trump responded to the news by calling the Huff Post “a glorified blog,” according to Fox News, and many social media users apparently agree.
Props to HuffPo for covering the Trump campaign in “Entertainment” news. Props to Trump for correctly calling HuffPo a “glorified blog.”
— Cameron Leahy (@PresidentLeahy) July 18, 2015
Do YOU know anyone who starts their day saying, “Let’s see… HuffingtonPost dot com forward slash politics”? No. You don’t.
— David Waldman (@KagroX) July 17, 2015
@ijreview does anyone still read HuffPo?
— Amy (@hockeymommy19) July 18, 2015
@dcexaminer HuffPo does news ? I’ll be damned !
— Jay (@jay6018) July 18, 2015
— DepthTested (@FosterRight) July 18, 2015
HUFF POST WILL NOT DISPLAY TRUMP IN NEWS ONLY ENTERTAINMENT LEFT CAN’T WIN ON FACTS ONLY RIDICULE AND HUMILIATION http://t.co/Rko9oLzWtr …
— TIMENOUT (@TIMENOUT) July 17, 2015
@HuffPostMedia then i wont be following ur joke of a newspaper
— Rocket’s BFF (@yobobl2032) July 17, 2015
— Amador County News (@Amador_News) July 18, 2015
The Post’s decision to cover Trump as “entertainment” says more about the liberal blog than it does about Trump.