Definition of irony:
Journalists lamenting news coverage of Donald Trump’s self-promotional presidential campaign.
Representative sample, via the Boston Globe’s Jeff Jacoby.
News organizations are under no obligation to provide a platform to every narcissistic buffoon who declares himself a candidate for the White House. It’s probably futile to expect the networks hosting the Republican primary debates to exclude a ratings magnet like Trump, but they should. His presence on the stage will be degrading to everyone in the room. Even if the other contenders run rings around Trump on substance, his insults and idiocies will stain them all by association.
Do the GOP’s serious candidates really want to share the spotlight with a loudmouth who spent much of the last presidential election cycle trafficking in “birther” theories?
Then again, do serious journalists want to give the spotlight to a loudmouth who spent much of the last presidential election cycle trafficking in “birther” theories?
Ay, there’s the rub.
A suggestion for news outlets worldwide: Adopt the official Campaign Outsider Bill O’Really Policy™.
The hardworking staff once toiled at a local public broadcast station, and our single mandate to the newsroom was this: Nobody can mention Fox Newshound Bill O’Reilly unless 1) there is blood involved, or 2) he’s on a police blotter.
It worked great then. It could work even better now as the Donald Trumped-Up Policy (pat. pending).
Ask for it by name.