Donald Trump has been getting a moderate amount of coverage,however, compared to the coverage he was receiving a couple months ago has decrease significantly. Although Trump is receiving a decent amount of coverage, hardly any of the articles regarding him are deemed front page-worthy. It seems as if his persona, or publicity stunts, have become normalized and usually associated with anything Trump does, so most people do not see it as unusual. While these stories may be controversial, when associated with Donald Trump, they do not surprise people due to the actions being expected from someone like Donald Trump. In this article comparison, two articles regarding Donald Trump’s meeting with a coalition of 100 African American pastors will be analyzed showing both similarities and differences in coverage.
An article from the New York Times titled “Donald Trump’s Big Endorsement Event Quietly Becomes a Private Meeting” focuses mainly on Trump’s campaign. After a “Black Lives Matter protester” was beaten at a Trump rally in Alabama, and Trump’s criticism about that issue stating the protester “deserved” it, Trump’s campaign announced that “100 black pastors” would endorse him publicly (Haberman, 2015). According to pastors that were invited, Trump’s campaign made the gathering seem more like a meeting than an endorsement even. After finding out the endorsement would be announced publicly, many pastors decided not to attend the meeting (endorsement event, whatever this was). While this article focuses on the issues raised by Trump’s campaign, the Ohio pastor, Darrell Scott, the one who planned the event, is traced back to being a part of Trump’s campaign. One can assumed, since D. Scott had planned this event, it may have been influenced by Trump’s campaign team to make the endorsement event seem like a private meeting with Trump.
Link to the article above: Donald Trump’s Big Endorsement Event Quietly Becomes a Private Meeting Photo
The article titled “Donald Trump’s theory about why black clergy won’t publicly endorse him” by The Washington Post, stated “Black Lives Matters activists pressured African American clergy members not to publicly endorse him” (Johnson and Walliams, 2015). Similar to the previous article, this one talks about the tension between Black Lives Matter and Donald Trump. It goes on to state that Trump planned to meet with this coalition of African American pastors privately but then later stated that it would be publicly announced as an endorsement event. This article frames Donald Trump and his campaign in a way that makes it seem as if African Americans support him despite his criticism about the protester who was beaten at one of his rallies. The last thing this article talks about is Trump’s “theology” towards the Black Lives Matter movement.
Link to the article above: Donald Trump’s theory about why black clergy won’t publicly endorse him
Both of these articles are similar in the way they represent the issue on Trump and his Campaign; they both present them in an issue frame, stating that this endorsement event was interpreted as a private meeting, or vice versa, by African American pastors. The first article focuses mainly on the issue on a general level, talking about how it started and how the event was misinterpreted among pastors and Trump’s campaign, while the second article, focuses more on how African American pastors reacted after finding out this “private meeting” was a public endorsement event. Both of these articles seem objective enough to be determined as neutral; however, in the second article, many Trump statements are quoted saying that Trump is “divisive and racist” (Johnson and Williams, 2015). A bias against Donald Trump can be interpreted in the second article, but it does not seem strong enough to only appeal to democrats than republicans.