With scores of media members following Donald Trump as he makes the rounds around the country as a Republican presidential candidate --- with the highest poll numbers --- wide editorializing prevails in stories, notes Grumpy Editor.
As an example, here’s how writers Steve Holland and Andy Sullivan describe Trump in a lengthy Reuters story in Saturday newspapers, following his visit to the U.S.-Mexico border:
“The mud-slinging mogul with a complicated hairdo”… (worked into the lead).
“Trump’s trash-talking ways and eye for the spotlight”…
“Trump’s headline-grabbing antics”…
"Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric”…(leaving out the word illegal preceding immigrant, as many others in broadcast/print media continue to do).
Reuters’ own tracking poll, updated on Thursday, shows Trump tied with Jeb Bush for the lead (with 16 percent of the vote) in the GOP presidential race.
(A CNN poll, released Sunday, showed Trump getting 18 percent support among Republicans, with Bush in second place with 15 percent.)
With Trump among the 10 top candidates at the first televised debate next week, the Reuters writers indicated concern, with Trump facing cameras, about the two-hour Fox News session degenerating “into a carnival-barking sideshow.”
Fretting in the third paragraph that Trump may dominate air time, the Reuters writers admitted deep in their story: “In past years front-runners have held a central position on stage and received a greater share of questions and speaking time.”
Yet none of this raised editors’ eyebrows.
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No interest in The Donald?
Donald Trump’s visit to the U.S.-Mexico border near Laredo, Texas on Thursday attracted about 100 media folks who filled two press buses. At a news conference, about 15 microphones faced him.
IN CASE YOUR FAVORITE NEWS OUTLETS MISSED THESE…
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Snail mail sidetracked.
A Philadelphia postal service carrier was accused of stashing 22,500 pieces of mail in his car and garbage bags in his garage over an eight-month period. But the undelivered pieces were finally on the way to intended recipients last week.