Former NY Daily News Editor in Chief Says He Regrets Enabling Trump
The New York Newspaper scene is a little different than any in the world. Of course, there is hard news, but there are also popular gossip pages. And Donald Trump loved to appear in these pages, allegedly calling in calling in with juicy gossip about himself.
And for many years, papers like the New York Daily News were happy to appease the then mogul businessman. But in a recent opinion piece for The Guardian, former Daily News Editor in Chief, Martin Dunn, wrote that he regrets helping Trump raise his profile.
Dunn began, “For decades the competition centered on which tabloid could out-Trump the other. In a city where business leaders are hailed as celebrities, Trump became the undisputed master manipulator – the man who understood that the only thing worse than being written about was not being written about.”
The former editor continued:
“The president’s nightly, often rambling, performances in front of the White House and world’s press have developed a sad, deep, morbid fascination. It is unconscionable that even in the depth of one of the world’s most deadly crises, Trump displays the same unfiltered – and frequently uneducated – outbursts that typified his relationship with his hometown press in the 1980s and 1990s.”
Dunn finished the column with regret of the papers, “never considering that with each headline, we were feeding the monster of his ego and enhancing his public profile – a profile that allowed him to eventually take control of the country.”
You can read the op-ed in its entirety here.