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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Press Privilege

Imagine if you went to the fanciest French restaurant in town, told the maître d' he is a bloviating buffoon who should quit his job, that the food in the place is garbage, and then demanded the best table in the restaurant.

That is the best analogy of the situation in Iowa where the Des Moines Register on Tuesday demanded that Donald Trump drop out of the presidential race, and then on Friday demanded that Donald Trump give them special access to his campaign event

Trump told the newspaper to bite him.

Good for him.

The hypocrisy dripping from the newspaper gets worse. In its editorial, the newspaper said that Trump “has polluted the political waters to such an extent that serious candidates who actually have the credentials to serve as president can’t get their message across to voters. In fact, some of them can’t even win a spot in one of the upcoming debates, since those slots are reserved for candidates leading in the polls.”

Well, if the newspaper is so concerned about all the ink he is getting there is one thing it can do.

Stop covering him.

Instead, the newspaper demanded that the Trump campaign give the newspaper press credentials.

The newspaper protested, claiming that "The Register's editorial board operates independently from the editors and reporters who conduct political coverage."

Oh really?

But the publisher sits on the board, does she not?

Amalie Nash, the Register's editor and vice president for audience engagement, said, "We are disappointed that Mr. Trump's campaign has taken the unusual step of excluding Register reporters from covering his campaign event in Iowa on Saturday because he was displeased with our editorial. As we previously said, the editorial has no bearing on our news coverage. We work hard to provide Iowans with coverage of all the candidates when they spend time in Iowa, and this is obviously impeding our ability to do so. We hope Mr. Trump's campaign will revisit its decision instead of making punitive decisions because we wrote something critical of him."

Does she not sit on the editorial board?

Frankly, the newspaper editorial read like a desperate attempt to bring attention to the newspaper, which in recent years has seen a decline in its national reputation for two reasons: the growing irrelevance of Iowa in the political process, and incompetence. At a debate sponsored by the newspaper in the 2008 cycle, a previous editor asked the Republican candidates, "By a show of hands, how many of you believe global climate change is a serious threat and caused by human activity?"

The childish attempt to belittle Republican candidates is reason enough to ignore the Des Moines Register.

Those upset by Trump's treatment of the Iowa newspaper should first denounce President Obama for his War on Fox News. Otherwise, button it, hypocrite.


  1. That sound you hear is me clapping. Well said!

  2. All publishers are active in their paper's editorial process and openly command their slant on the news. This is why they own the paper in the first place. Trump lives in the darkest media jungle on earth. He knows the nature of his fellow creatures well. He is not afraid of them.

  3. You can't refuse to shake my right hand, blaming if for the left one that just sucker punched you.

  4. I for one am tired of the communist party telling us non communists who we can and cannot run, who we should vote for, and what we should think.

  5. The DMR is just as unbiased as Barry and Hillary.