Should news outlets call out candidates they think are racist and xenophobic? Or just report the news? CNN’s Jake Tapper stirred up debate on the subject when he told TheWrap that recent headlines mocking Trump and his supporters were “the very height of elitism.”
The New York Daily News heralded Trump’s New Hampshire victory as “Dawn of the Brain Dead,” with the subheadline: “Clown comes back to live with N.H. win as mindless zombies turn out in droves.” The Huffington Post wrote: “WTF GOP? Racist, Sexist, Xenophobic Demogogue Wins NH.”
Tapper told TheWrap those “are business decisions that they are making, not journalistic decisions” adding, “journalistically to attack people who support a candidate is the very height of elitism.”
Media Matters’ Oliver Willis disagreed:
to be precise, what i thought was the height of elitism was the headline mocking the people who voted for Trump
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 11, 2016
The ensuing responses were polarized. Some agreed with Tapper, while others said there was nothing wrong with news headlines that criticize Trump.
— LeftWingZealot (@leftwingzealot) February 11, 2016