In an interview with The Wrap, CNN’s Jake Tapper ripped the Huffington Post and New York Daily News for their attacks against Donald Trump’s supporters. After Trump’s landslide win in New Hampshire Tuesday night, the Huffington Post attacked Trump’s voters as “racist, sexist xenophobes.” The New York Daily News attacked them as “mindless zombies.” Tapper described both as the “height of elitism.”
“I think those are business decisions that they are making, not journalistic decisions. They think that will appeal to readers and allow them to carve out a niche to get clicks or have newspapers purchased,” said the host of “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” in an interview with TheWrap.
“But, I think journalistically, to not take Donald Trump seriously is a mistake. And I think journalistically to attack people who support a candidate is the very height of elitism,” added Tapper. “These are Americans exercising their right to vote and it’s important to go out and meet them and talk to them and find out why they’re supporting the candidates they’re supporting. It’s not my approach to journalism. My approach to journalism is to cover what’s going on and try to understand it and understand the voters and the candidates, not to mock them.”
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