With no sign of Trump's decline, some media outlets vow to keep ignoring him - even if he's the GOP pick

Posted May 3, 2016

The Huffington Post is doubling down on its promise last summer to treat GOP front-runner Donald Trump's campaign as a "sideshow," saying this week that it refuses to treat Trump as anything other than "a buffoon and dangerous" — even if he winds up being the nominee.

“What we’re doing is responsible journalism, pointing out the dangers of a Trump presidency while there is still time to avert it,” Huffington Post founder Ariana Huffington said.

Last July, the Huffington Post declared it would relegate any coverage of Trump to its entertainment section — a separation that lasted until the winter, as the Poynter Institute reported. The website has since taken to adding editor's notes to every story about Trump, calling him a liar, xenophobe and racist, Poynter reported.

Whatever readers may think of the Post's decision, many have blamed the news media's exhaustive coverage of Trump for his rise and staying power in the polls.

Now, less than six months from November, other outlets are asking themselves how they would cover a Trump White House. This spring, the Boston Globe ran a mock front page in its editorial section complete with stories it worried it would have to one day report under a Trump presidency ("Deportations to begin," the fake headline thunders.)

"The results are horrifying," Vox reported in its coverage of the Globe's editorial.

However the press goes about covering Trump to the convention and, possibly, beyond, is nothing compared to what it may be forced to cover, the Globe editorial asserted.

"It is an exercise in taking a man at his word," the Globe Editorial Board wrote. "And his vision of America promises to be as appalling in real life as it is in black and white on the page."


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