CNN’s Jake Tapper gave his journalistic take on some news organizations’ handling of Donald Trump in headlines recently.
Indirectly defending Trump supporters, Tapper said he believed “business decisions” have been behind some of the more anti-Trump news coverage, while journalistic responsibility has been lacking in respect to the voters who support the GOP candidate.
“I think those are business decisions that they are making, not journalistic decisions,” Tapper told TheWrap. “They think that will appeal to readers and allow them to carve out a niche to get clicks or have newspapers purchased.”
Tapper disagreed with methods used by news outlets like The Huffington Post and its headline after Trump’s victory in New Hampshire, “NH Goes Racist Sexist Homophobic,” and The New York Daily News’ portrayal of Trump as a clown who had won due to his “brain-dead” supporters.
“I think journalistically, to not take Donald Trump seriously is a mistake,” Tapper said. “And I think journalistically to attack people who support a candidate is the very height of elitism. These are Americans exercising their right to vote and it’s important to go out and meet them and talk to them and find out why they’re supporting the candidates they’re supporting.”
Tapper added that this method was not his personal approach to delivering the news.
“It’s not my approach to journalism. My approach to journalism is to cover what’s going on and try to understand it and understand the voters and the candidates, not to mock them.”
Tapper admitted that he was personally “very bullish” about Trump’s chances and said he did “not see a scenario where he does not get the nomination.”
“That Donald Trump is a major force in the Republican Party and the establishment needs to find a way to [deal] with it one way or another,” said Tapper. “Whether it’s trying to make friends with him or trying to figure out how to prevent him from being the nominee, that’s up to them. But, their hope that he was going to self-destruct was wishful thinking and he is a force.”
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