[Almost] no American newspaper has endorsed Donald Trump for President.
Stalwart Republican newspapers like The Arizona Republic have warned their readers don’t vote for Trump.
Newspapers that have never before taken sides in a presidential race (e.g., USA Today) have called Mr. Trump “unfit for the presidency”.
So, we had wondered back on August 21, “Will the Wisconsin State Journal ever start addressing the Trump phenomenon?”
It’s true that 5 months earlier the State Journal had published an earful when Trump threatened to “open up our libel laws” (?) to sue news organizations for being too critical.
“If I become president, oh, do they have problems. We can sue them and win lots of money.”
It’s true that this anti-constitutional dumbassery deserved pushback, very strong pushback, but still we had to withhold credit at the time, because Mr. Trump had been offering multiple stupidities, lies, and reversals week after week after week. And yet, seemingly, it took a threat to the newspaper industry to get Mr. Milfred aroused? We were not wowed by the moral clarity of defending one’s very own wheelhouse.
But now at long last, on Sunday, Mr. Milfred put forward an official endorsement for the 2016 race: “Hillary Clinton — by far — is best prepared to lead our nation toward peace and prosperity.” And his essential brief against Trump? “[H]e can’t even work with his own party. He’s tearing the GOP apart.”
So that was pretty good. You know, accurate. So, pretty good!
Mr. Milfred might have said that Trump is tearing America apart, not just his beloved GOP. But baby steps….
Now if, if, if Mr. Milfred hopes to rebuild a winning future for conservatism, or America, or the world in general, he could stand to read not here, but the blog of NYU professor of journalism Jay Rosen. Many of the old rules of journalism are fried, he says. There is actually some bipartisan agreement on this starting point.