A Huffington Post political reporter has had to attend Donald Trump’s campaign events as a member of the general public would, apparently thanks to the website’s decision to post Trump campaign news in its Entertainment section.
“I have written stories that have been critical of nearly every single presidential candidate on both sides of the aisle. I have never been treated this way or not allowed media access ever,” said Samantha-Jo Roth, who has been covering the Republican primary race in Iowa for the Huffington Post.
Roth said she’d developed strong source relationships with Iowa-based Trump campaign staffers over the summer. So she was surprised when she was told she wouldn’t receive credentials for a Trump rally at Urbandale High School this past Saturday.
Local staffers “told me they were handed down the orders from the national staff, and had no other information. They apologized, and said they felt bad,” Roth said.
Why did it happen? Perhaps because the Huffington Post has been publishing Trump coverage in its entertainment vertical rather than under politics, much to the chagrin of the campaign.
Some of the site’s other staffers were surprised Roth’s credential request wasn’t rejected sooner.
Scott Conroy, the site’s senior political reporter, said the campaign stopped credentialing him back in July, around the time the Huffington Post moved Trump into the entertainment section.
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