The Huffington Post‘s ubiquitous note calling president-elect Donald Trump a “rampant xenophobe” and “racist” has miraculously vanished.
For months, every story the Huffington Post ran about Donald Trump included a right-thinking note reminding readers of the presidential candidate’s worst traits:
“Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.”
But HuffPo’s Washington Bureau Chief Ryan Grim sent an internal memo to staff members on Tuesday evening, reported by Politico, explaining that they would be removing the note and start with a “clean slate” if Trump was elected.
Just two days earlier they had discounted that as basically an impossibility – but found themselves eating their words pretty quickly.
— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) November 7, 2016
It is a startling reversal for a site which quietly offered itself to the Clinton campaign to help them “echo our message”, as a Wikileaks exchange revealed this week.
Grim said they reserve the right to “add it back on,” should the newly elected president govern in a racist, misogynist way, adding: “This would be giving respect to the office of the presidency which Trump and his backers never did.”
A spokesman for the Huffington Post contradicted Grim’s version, saying that now that the election is other they would no longer be adding the note to stories as Trump is “no longer a presidential candidate.”
Early this morning, Ryan Grim realized his own mistake:
Should've just stuck with this one https://t.co/WybbJObCSc
— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) November 9, 2016