The Huffington Post has recently declared Trump a liar and will no longer publish his campaign in their Politics section. In “A Note About our Coverage of Donald Trump’s “Campaign,”” published on July 17th of 2015, HuffPost declared the following:
“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.”
Since then, they have gone on to call him a flat out liar. As a source of news to a large audience, is that acceptable?
As a journalist, it is important to report the facts and keep personal opinions out of major stories. However, some publications provide stories that hide the whole truth of Trump and his “campaign.” I think that HuffPost opening up and sharing the raw facts is okay, and the fact that Trump is in fact lying means that the journalists are not imposing their own opinions.
In a Poynter article written by Benjamin Mullin, the reason as to why HuffPost called Trump a liar was explored. In an interview with Ryan Grim, the Washington bureau chief for The Huffington Post, Grim stands by the reasoning that they were only sharing facts.
In response to the question, “Does this interfere with your ability to provide fair coverage of Trump’s campaign?” Grim responded with, “Not at all. Why would it? These are merely statements of fact.”
So if Huffington Post is not imposing their own opinions, and merely sharing facts, then calling Trump a liar must be acceptable.
What do you think?
Find the HuffPost article here.
Find the Poynter article here.