Media Blacklists: Not Just for Trump’s Presidential Campaign

North Carolina Senator Richard Burr gives the The News & Observer the cold shoulder.

We can’t say whether it was Donald Trump‘s propensity to insult members of the press and blacklist specific media organizations from covering his events that served as the inspiration for Republican Sen. Richard Burr‘s campaign, but the North Carolinian running for re-election is engaging in some media blacklisting of his own.

The blacklist applies to information, or lack thereof, sent to The News & Observer about Burr’s campaign schedule. “Burr spokesman Jesse Hunt said concerns with The N&O’s coverage of the race have prompted the campaign to ban the paper from receiving event information,” writes Colin Campbell, the N&O’s state politics/government reporter. He went on to quote Hunt’s email: “Paul (Shumaker, Burr’s lead political strategist) put an embargo on sending you scheduling details until you demonstrate the ability to cover this race from a balanced point of view.”

Here, for comparison, was the reason Donald Trump provided for his campaign’s decision to blacklist The Washington Post in June: “Based on the incredibly inaccurate coverage and reporting of the record setting Trump campaign, we are hereby revoking the press credentials of the phony and dishonest Washington Post.”

More hyperbole, similar idea.

Publish date: October 31, 2016 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT