N.H. Newspaper Publisher Tangles With Trump

Since this blog is about publishing, I was hoping to make it through 2015 without having to write about He of the Uncanny Bouffant, but like a gas, Donald Trump has a way of expanding to fill all available space. Now the Republican rabble-rouser has set his sights on the publisher of New Hampshire’s Union Leader, who endorsed rival candidate Chris Christie, leading to a dignified, civil exchange of ideas.

Just kidding! It’s a total bilefest — and Trump, true to his nature, isn’t confining himself to petty issues like, well, issues. He’s going after the newspaper’s viability as a business.

Trump took grave exception to an editorial by publisher Joseph McQuaid that appeared on the Union Leader’s front page on Monday, running under the headline “Trump campaign insults NH voters’ intelligence.” McQuaid went on to endorse Christie, the governor of New Jersey, although Trump remains ahead in polls of likely Republican primary voters in the state.

In response, the real estate tycoon and self-described “really smart person” tore into McQuaid at a rally in Nashua, where he told the audience: “You have a very dishonest newspaper, it’s also a failing newspaper. It's going down the tubes. I remember when this was a big paper. Look at the size of this thing! If they cut it down any more, they won't be able to find it. It looks like the things when you go to the grocery store when they give you a little handout. What do they call that? Coupons?”

That was just the beginning, as he also characterized the publisher as a “low life,” “useless,” “sleazebag” and “bad guy” in an interview with a local TV station. He also returned to his criticism of McQuaid’s management of the Union Leader, noting “the paper’s failing, he’s doing a terrible job… The paper’s doing absolutely terribly, they’re moving out of their headquarter space because they’re occupying so little of it…”

Trump also claimed that McQuaid had previously asked him for personal favors and was bitter because Trump didn’t attend a local debate arranged by the newspaper, and also refused to advertise in the newspaper.

Oy vey.

3 comments about "N.H. Newspaper Publisher Tangles With Trump".
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  1. Douglas Ferguson from College of Charleston, December 29, 2015 at 4:02 p.m.

    Trump thanks you for this additional bit of earned media. 

  2. Jay Fredrickson from Fredrickson Services Inc., December 29, 2015 at 4:36 p.m.

    Trump is like no one seen in American politics.  What started out as a lark will not end well for him.  He'll get trounced in the general election, and will have burned so many bridges his "brand" will be devalued.  He said he didn't want to leave his kids a lot of money, looks like he'll get his wish.  The gravy train of free media is soon to run out, and he's too much of a cheapskate to spend any of his "tremendous wealth" to further his campaign.  Once the media figures it out, the free coverage will end, and he'll get beat by 8-10 points in the total polling, and get destroyed in the electoral college vote.

  3. Marla Goldstein from Around The Bend Media replied, December 30, 2015 at 10:16 p.m.

    No worries, Jay. Trump won't make it to the general election. In fact, I would be quite surprised to see him make it as far as the nomination.  Once he begins to lose primaries (and he will), he will stop his campaign.

    The man can't stand to be #2 at anything; it's bad for his brand.

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