Many hotels and better motels offer guests a complimentary newspaper along with their “continental breakfast,” and one of most popular of these is USA Today because it offers national coverage of interest to travelers who may not be from the area. This includes the Trump hotels in a number of large cities.
And here’s the ironic part. The Friday edition is the day that USA Today broke with their tradition by offering an “editorial,” the first of its kind, regarding the upcoming election. In fact, the front page of Friday’s USA Today screamed with the headline:
‘TRUMP UNFIT FOR THE PRESIDENCY’
Guests staying at a number of the Republican nominee’s hotels received a free copy of the newspaper.
According to BuzzFeed, representatives from several of the Trump hotels said that guests are provided with a courtesy copy of the paper. These include Trump International Hotel & Tower in New York, Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago, Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C., and Trump Doral hotel in Miami.
In two of the Trump hotels, the newspaper is sold in the gift shop, including Trump Waikiki and Trump International Hotel Las Vegas. At Trump SoHo, guests also receive a complimentary copy, as do guests at Trump International Hotel & Tower in Toronto.
In response to the editorial, Trump himself tweeted:
‘The people are really smart in cancelling subscriptions to the Dallas & Arizona papers & now USA Today will lose readers! The people get it!’
The people are really smart in cancelling subscriptions to the Dallas & Arizona papers & now USA Today will lose readers! The people get it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2016
It’s sort of sad to see how clueless he is, posting complaints about USA Today when his own hotel provides the paper to guests.
The anti-endorsement of Donald Trump that appeared in Friday’s edition stated that this was the first time in the paper’s 34-year history that it has decided to make its opinions known about specific candidates, claiming that the editorial board generally sticks to specific issues only. In Friday’s edition, the op-end stated:
‘This year, the choice isn’t between two capable major party nominees who happen to have significant ideological differences. This year, one of the candidates — Republican nominee Donald Trump — is, by unanimous consensus of the Editorial Board, unfit for the presidency.
‘From the day he declared his candidacy 15 months ago through this week’s first presidential debate, Trump has demonstrated repeatedly that he lacks the temperament, knowledge, steadiness and honesty that America needs from its presidents.’
The editorial board for USA Today is made up of staffers Bill Sternberg, David Mastio, Jill Lawrence, Dan Carney, Thuan Le Eston, Josh Rivera, Eileen Rivers, and Saundra Torry. The paper’s op-ed appeared in both the print edition and online edition.
So shocking was USA Today’s break with tradition that a number of other news organizations and established newspapers announced the anti-endorsement of Donald Trump as straight news, including CNN, The Boston Globe, and MSNBC.
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) September 30, 2016
— Donald J. Trump (@realDenaldTrump) September 30, 2016
— CNN (@CNN) September 30, 2016
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