ABC Boots Newspaper From Debate At Trump's Behest

Donald Trump’s pissing match with the publisher of New Hampshire’s biggest newspaper continues, leaving little doubt as to who has the bigger bladder. The Republican front-runner got the New Hampshire Union Leader, which previously published a scathing editorial attacking him, removed from the group of sponsors for the upcoming debate, set to take place at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH on February 6.

In a series of tweets, Trump publicly demanded that ABC News, which is hosting the debate, give the Union Leader the boot over its “unethical” actions. Publisher Joseph McQuaid has endorsed Chris Christie for the GOP candidacy, while calling the real-estate tycoon’s campaign an insult to the intelligence of voters.

Trump fired back in a speech and interviews, accusing McQuaid of corruption and inconsistency, as well as denigrating his stewardship of the newspaper, which he called a “pile of garbage.”

ABC News vice president Robin Sproul told the newspaper in an email that the decision was taken to ensure the debate was “not biased in favor of or against anyone on the debate stage.” Trump tweeted: “I am pleased to announce that I had the Union Leader removed from the upcoming debate.”

For his part, McQuaid stated: “We are amused by ABC News apparently just discovering that we endorse candidates and write editorials. We have been doing both for many years, and it has never been a problem with ABC or other debate sponsors. We consider ABC's actions to be spineless.

"Between bowing to the DNC and Trump, ABC is more concerned about appeasing the parties and candidates than informing voters. The Union Leader will continue to serve Granite Staters by being a reliable source of information about where candidates stand.”

The New Hampshire Republican Party also criticized the decision, with chairman Jennifer Horn stating: “The Union Leader has established itself as a trusted news source that, for decades, has sponsored some of New Hampshire’s biggest political debates. It is disappointing that a national media outlet would exclude New Hampshire's only statewide newspaper, given the important role the Union Leader plays in covering our First in the Nation primary.”

9 comments about "ABC Boots Newspaper From Debate At Trump's Behest".
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  1. Thomas Villing from Villing & Company, Inc., January 13, 2016 at 4:58 p.m.

    So much for freedom of speech.  Way to bow to the wishes of a bully, ABC.

  2. Kevin K from Anonymous, January 13, 2016 at 5:02 p.m.

    So much for "freedom of the press." We know Trump truly does not know anything about the constituition, but shame on ABC for bending over for a bully.

  3. Douglas Ferguson from College of Charleston, January 13, 2016 at 5:25 p.m.

    Newspapers almost always wait a day or two before an election to choose a candidate. This is done for obvious reasons, to appear fair, something that the Union Leader cannot fathom. Trump is not the bully here.  I'm not a supporter but I've noticed Trump Usually waits to be attacked before being mean to anyone.

  4. Kevin K from Anonymous replied, January 13, 2016 at 5:57 p.m.

    REeally, the way he has gone after Hillary. Afgter he used to kiss their asses.

  5. Douglas Ferguson from College of Charleston replied, January 13, 2016 at 5:59 p.m.

    She took the first punch

  6. Dean Fox from ScreenTwo LLC, January 13, 2016 at 7:21 p.m.

    Sad and un-American. This is how ABC protects our free press and free speech? 

  7. Nicholas Schiavone from Nicholas P. Schiavone, LLC, January 14, 2016 at 12:33 a.m.


    Forget the Trump contrived drama,
    ABC has shown itself to be
    a feckless news organization.

    How disappointing Disney.  
    Life is not all Fantasyland!

  8. Linda Moskal from WNPV Radio, January 14, 2016 at 2:08 p.m.

    Obviously, ABC "News" doesn't believe in a free and independent press!

  9. Chuck Lantz from, network, January 14, 2016 at 5:39 p.m.

    No one was surprised at Trump's lack of courage when he demanded that ABC dump the Union Leader, and they should not have been surprised that ABC was the network doing the dirty work. Even before Disney took the helm at ABC, that network has leaned farther Right of center than NBC or CBS. Much farther, evidenced by this little piece of fascist drama.

    And by the way, if "she (Hillary) took the first punch", it means that she was the one getting hit first. "Taking a punch" means you got hit. Maybe you meant to write "she took the first swing"?

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