If The Boston Globe had any shred of journalistic integrity, it went out the window on Sunday after it printed a mock front page of what America would look like under a President Trump.
The newspaper, dated April 9, 2017, carried a blaring headline stating, “Deportations to Begin.” Other headlines have Trump calling for the tripling of ICE forces to deal with riots, the stock market crashing due to a looming trade war with China and Mexico, and libel laws that target the “absolute scum” in the press.
In addition to the satirical front page, the Globe ran an editorial headlined, “The GOP must stop Trump.”
The Globe said that the front page attempts to “envision what America looks like with Trump in the White House,” saying Trump’s “vision of America promises to be as appalling in real life as it is in black and white on the page.”
While stopping Trump was the main goal of the front-page stunt, the Globe editorial encouraged readers to shy away from “an equally extreme” Ted Cruz, favoring Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan instead.
CBS News executive editor Steve Capus found the Globe’s actions “curious.”
— Steve Capus (@SteveCapus) April 11, 2016
Trump fired back at the Globe, as reported by CBS reporter Sopan Deb in a tweet:
In Rochester, Trump also weighed in on the Boston Globe's satirical front page on a Trump presidency: pic.twitter.com/cH5r5tyM3h
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) April 10, 2016
Even though I’m not a Trump fan, the Globe attack goes far beyond what can be reasonably considered objective journalism. As Capus said in his tweet, the Globe’s stunt belongs more in a satirical publication such as The Onion, rather than in a large metropolitan newspaper—especially since they probably aren’t planning to do similar pages for Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.