Media Says Media Shouldn’t Cover Donald Trump

The Atlantic (sort of) takes a stand

Everyone knows that Donald Trump is not the brightest bulb in the pack and his political ramblings are completely meaningless. Everyone also knows that it’s fun to cover him anyway. Not The Atlantic, though. The magazine is taking a stand against covering Trump… By covering Trump.

The Atlantic called out all the news organizations — Gawker, ABC, the Daily News, CBS, and more — that covered Trump’s latest speech. “Based on news coverage of the event, you’d think Donald Trump was the most consequential speaker and that his words deserved to be disseminated widely,” reported the magazine.

We’re not arguing with The Atlantic’s point that “The combined worth of those stories is zero,” (though the italics were a bit dramatic). What we’re saying is that the media covers Trump because people want to read about him. He’s the living embodiment of a car crash — you know it’s going to be bad, but you look anyway.

The Atlantic should know that attacking the media for reporting on Trump is just as worthless as reporting on him. Especially if you’re criticizing while covering him anyway; as The Atlantic has done here, here, here, here and countless other times.

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