Huffington Post’s decision to categorize any coverage of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign as entertainment instead of news sparked widespread criticism of the left-leaning site. In a recent appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Thursday, the outlet’s chief White House correspondent received yet another dressing down from co-host Mika Brzezinski.
Sam Stein said of the divisive Trump: “I think we treat him with a bit more seriousness than he deserves, as someone who comments about, you know, rapist Mexicans, and makes fun of John McCain’s service and talks about menstruation.”
Brzezinski interrupted, asking her guest if his site covers Trump as news or entertainment.
“We cover him on our front page,” he acknowledged, “—as entertainment.”
The host shot back that she thinks that policy is “a mistake.”
Urging all involved to “take a breath here,” Stein concluded that a Trump presidency is a novel idea to consider.
Just as with Newt Gingrich’s early lead in the 2012 Republican presidential primary, however, he concluded that “it’s fun to conjure up images of Trump in his pajamas at the Oval Office tweeting late at night, all right, but it’s not going to happen.”
When Brzezinski noted that Stein’s employer does not relegate coverage of other candidates with little chance of winning a general election, he responded: “I’m not saying ignore Trump. I’m saying there are bigger themes we can derive from what he’s doing.”
Exactly what Trump is doing, he opined, is “using this platform to essentially build his own brand.”
Brzezinski called the site’s stance “arrogant and condescending,” charges Stein said he wanted to address in an off-air conversation.
“We’ll talk later about this,” he said.
“Yeah, we will,” Brzezinski confirmed.
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