As Donald Trump tops yet another poll in the Republican primary race, this one taken after his roundly denounced comment that John McCain “is not a war hero,” the media—left, right, and center—are starting to scare themselves with their own coverage of the loud-mouth billionaire. “Are they creating a monster?” they wonder. Do they risk being publicly ridiculed, like MSNBC and Telemundo’s Jose Diaz-Balart was yesterday? Will Trump give out their cellphone numbers?
The Washington Post ran a piece this week stating that the media’s wall-to-wall coverage of the real-estate tycoon and reality-TV star is to “blame” for his surge in the polls. The Huffington Post announced that it is exiling Trump coverage to the entertainment section (a move an editor admitted was largely “symbolic,” since the site’s front page draws from all sections and is still regularly festooned with Trumpery). Guest hosts on the Glenn Beck Program have gone so far as to declare the show “now 100 percent Trump-free, with 100 percent less Trump.”
Clearly much of the mainstream and conservative media have gotten a memo: What was once fun to cover—like Trump’s bleating about President Obama’s “foreign” birth—has now become an embarrassment. After all, when the school clown runs for class president and wins, everybody from his straight rivals to the high school administration looks bad.
Conservative pundits who venture into the ongoing Trump storm are finding themselves taking on water fast. Like the always–wrong Bill Kristol, who less than 24 hours after deciding that Trump is “wiser” than Hillary Clinton turned around after the McCain comments and said on ABC’s This Week, “He jumped the shark yesterday and he’s dead to me.” Which prompted LZ Granderson, sitting next to him, to recall Trump’s Mexican-rapists remarks. “I’m amazed we think this is the moment he’s gone too far,” Granderson said. “I mean, he went on television and literally slandered an entire race of people. Why wasn’t that the shark that got jumped?”