The Daily Mail’s U.S. political editor David Martosko is reportedly a contender for a communications post in Donald Trump’s administration, but in a clear conflict of interest he’s still covering the president-elect on a regular basis.
Politico on Tuesday reported that Martosko “has interviewed for a position” in Trump’s administration, with press secretary being a potential fit.
Martosko has filed numerous election-related stories since Politico mentioned he was a candidate for a job in Trump’s White House. Headlines include: “Michigan recount finds voting WAS flawed – but mainly in Clinton-friendly Detroit where one-third of voting machines recorded too many ballots,” “More than half of Trump’s ‘every single day’ intel briefings come from his own top adviser – not the Director of National Intelligence – as former top spy says arrangement ‘can’t last,'” and “Trump business advisory board adds three new members including PepsiCo CEO who said her employees ‘were all crying’ after the election.”
The Daily Mail did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
Other members of the media who have landed or are being considered for positions in the incoming Trump administration include Monica Crowley, Laura Ingraham and Kimberly Guilfoyle, but they are pundits, while Martosko is a straight-news reporter who is expected to maintain objectivity.
Martosko became known as one of the more Trump-friendly journalists covering the election long before he emerged as a potential candidate for his staff. A Washington Post reporter called him “Trump’s de facto comms director,” as far back as June.