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7/17/2015

Huffington Post Picking And Choosing Which GOP Candidates Qualify For Their Politics Page

Filed under: General — Dana @ 9:06 am



[guest post by Dana]

Say what you will about Trump. He’s a nut, he’s a loud-mouthed braggadocio billionaire who has never been elected to public office and is currently mucking up the political waters on the right. While all of this is true, he’s also a declared GOP candidate campaigning to be president of the United States. And, like it or not, Trump now leads the Republican pack at 17% over Jeb Bush’s second-place at 14%.

Today, Huffington Post announced that Trump, a declared candidate, does not meet the standards to be on their politics page:

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.

–Dana

28 Responses to “Huffington Post Picking And Choosing Which GOP Candidates Qualify For Their Politics Page”

  1. Hello.

    Dana (86e864)

  2. this just means aol wants it to be Bush vs Clinton

    Trump is outside the failmerican media execu-slut comfort zone

    he needs to consider chopping his penis off and wearing a dress

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  3. Well, if anyone would know what a sideshow was, it would be Arianna Huffington!

    The snarky Dana (f6a568)

  4. Between the illegal immigrant and jihadist activity it would appear they want Trump to win.

    jim (a9b7c7)

  5. for once, HuffPo is being honest about their censorship and bias…

    i’d mark this as another sign of the impending apocalypse.

    redc1c4 (cf3b04)

  6. They might end up rethinking this. Putting The Donald on the entertainment pages will give him greater access to the low-information voters who never consider looking at the political pages. Its those low-info voters who got us our current version of “leadership”.

    The will go for the Kardashians and stay for The Donald.

    Gramps, the original (bc022b)

  7. That giant sucking sound heard at HuffPo was the sound of about 3 million people switching to Trump thanks to them.

    Rev. Barack Hussein Hoagie (f4eb27)

  8. I agree with the Greek girl who ruined herself by moving to California and marrying a gay guy. Trump is a clown. A toxic clown. Thank you, Ariana.

    nk (dbc370)

  9. Now I’ll agree that The Donald is a billionaire buffoon–and I wouldn’t vote for him unless the only other choice on the ballot was Hillary Clinton. In that case, a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do.

    But the lily wavers over at the Puffington Host are taking a tip from the New York Times best selling book list doyens. A week ago Ted Cruz’s book did not “meet their standards” for inclusion on their best seller list. This week, perhaps persuaded by the chorus of hearty guffaws that greeted that stupid sally, the Cruz book is on their list. I wouldn’t have bothered to buy it–most of those politician books are good only for doorstops–but the Times nonsense made me go out and order a copy. Unintended consequences and all that.

    Comanche Voter (1d5c8b)

  10. Well she would have gotten the settlement that allowed her stake the puffington, and lecture us on the dangers of fossil fuels.

    narciso (dfdff5)

  11. I wish the RNC would make the same statement.

    Edoc118 (a5855a)

  12. Trump, Huffington, Republican party: sideshows all. Who wins the trick? Trump, of course!

    htom (4ca1fa)

  13. I’ve always considered PuffHo’s political coverage entertainment:
    Not very good entertainment, but worthy of a chuckle and a guffaw on occasion.

    askeptic (efcf22)

  14. The Streisand Effect.

    Gazzer (ee3742)

  15. Putting The Donald on the entertainment pages will give him greater access to the low-information voters who never consider looking at the political pages. Its those low-info voters who got us our current version of “leadership”.

    The will go for the Kardashians and stay for The Donald.

    Which may be the intended effect. More votes for Trump, fewer votes for Cruz and Walker.
    And perhaps enough to make Trump to decide to go third party.

    And mind you, I am probably not the only voter who would do the reverse of Comanche Voter if it boils down to Trump v Clinton. Hillary is horrible, but she is not as terrible as Trump would be in the Oval Office. I don’t expect that, if only because the GOP establishment will make sure that someone other than Trump is the nominee. Whether they can keep him from making a third party bid is another story.

    kishnevi (870883)

  16. It’s odd but I have the same attitude towards almost all Democrats. Although I’d put them more in the Style section than in Entertainment. Or, these days, in the Crime Blotter.

    Kevin M (56aae1)

  17. The 14% are the trouble.

    mg (31009b)

  18. Which may be the intended effect. More votes for Trump, fewer votes for Cruz and Walker.
    And perhaps enough to make Trump to decide to go third party.

    This. Hillary has been attacking Trump, too. The latest during her LaRaza speech before La Raza. If they (the Democrats & MSM) can provoke the right enough to rally them around Trump (which seems to be happening), then Cruz and Walker lose out. Especially if Trump goes third party.

    My hope is, that right before the debates, Trump bows out, touts Cruz (I say Cruz because the two have been meeting), and his supporters transfer their support to him (or Walker). IOW, the right is being played.

    Dana (86e864)

  19. My hope is, that right before the debates, Trump bows out, touts Cruz (I say Cruz because the two have been meeting), and his supporters transfer their support to him (or Walker). IOW, the right is being played.
    Too optimistic. I think Trump is too full of himself to do that. More likely he would demand other candidates bow out and endorse him. Unless Cruz offers him some primary office (head of INS maybe?) or promises to enact some of Trump’s proposals.

    I can’t find it now, but I read an interesting article in which Trump was categorized as the demagogue of modern fascism because of his nativist demagoguery, his corporatist point of view, etc.
    The author made a point of differentiating between hard fascism (the Italian version of Mussolini, for instance) and soft fascism….for which he gave as an example FDR.

    kishnevi (870883)

  20. Areola is still nursing the hurt from when she was courting the Don’s money.

    He told that gold digger to get bent, and she did.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  21. Too optimistic. I think Trump is too full of himself to do that. More likely he would demand other candidates bow out and endorse him.

    Yes, Trump is a non-conservative and a clown. He has zero interest in doing what is good for conservatives or the GOP, or he’d bow out and endorse Walker or Cruz.

    But clowns are entertaining and these days, the stupidity coming from the white house makes a clown sound like Socrates. This whole charade is a cycle of media/conservative hatefest:
    1. Trump making provocations to get media attention.
    2. Media giving it in spades, as it helps their “GOP candidates say offensive things” memes.
    3. GOP grassroots Pavlovian response is “if the media hates it, it must be good” so Trumps ratings go up.

    The cycle ends when people realize Trump is a big know-it-all who thinks Planned Parenthood’s real mistake is not making more money on those fetus organs.

    Don King (229b8c)

  22. This campaign is pure right wing Id and it certainly is entertaining.

    nbf (4aae12)

  23. Imdw is special. There is nothing right wing about Trump.

    JD (3b5483)

  24. “Trump now leads the Republican pack at 17% over Jeb Bush’s second-place at 14%.”

    nbf (4aae12)

  25. Not the least bit responsive, serial troll.

    JD (3b5483)

  26. come on, JD, ThinkRegress only allows a limited number of straw men, for sale,

    narciso (ee1f88)

  27. As a private corporation (with rights like you), Huffington
    Post can decide what they want and don’t want to cover.

    Unless suddenly private companies no longer have rights…

    JEA (fb1111)


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