Member of the press are criticizing the Huffington Post's announcement that it will no longer cover the presidential candidacy of realty TV star Donald Trump as legitimate political news, and instead will relegate all mentions of his campaign to the entertainment section.
"You might think Trump is a buffoon. But he may have, for the moment at least, touched some nerve of dissatisfaction, perhaps partial explanation of his decent showing in some early Republican polls," Poynter's James Warren said in response to the editorial announcement Friday.
"Yes, the media may now be consigned to a reportorial traffic jam, slowing down and shaking its collective head as it watches the wreck that can seem Donald Trump," he added. "But it doesn't mean you don't acknowledge the wreck in a fashion that fits the relative support he's generating."
Politico's Jack Shafer remarked on social media, "So glad to see that HuffPo is sticking its head in the sand."
"Buzzfeed's stance on LGBT coverage. HuffPo's stance on Trump coverage. In other news, it's nice to see activists finding work as reporters," Vox's Brandon Ambrosino quipped.
The Daily Caller's J. Arthur Bloom said simply, "yeah, this isn't cool," explaining further that it's "only a matter of time before the media decides some libertarian candidate isn't serious either."
Huffington Post Washington bureau chief Ryan Grim and editorial director Danny Shea announced the move in a statement published Friday morning.
"After watching and listening to Donald Trump since he announced his candidacy for president, we have decided we won't report on Trump's campaign as part of The Huffington Post's political coverage," the statement read.
"Instead, we will cover his campaign as part of our Entertainment section. Our reason is simple: Trump's campaign is a sideshow. We won't take the bait. If you are interested in what The Donald has to say, you'll find it next to our stories on the Kardashians and 'The Bachelorette,'" the statement added.
This is not the first time that an editor at the online news group has sworn off the infamously brash reality TV star.
"Let me assure you: We do not plan to take it even a little bit seriously," Jason Linkins, an editor at the Huffington Post, wrote in March after Trump announced that he would form an exploratory committee.
"We could, if we wanted to, go on at great length about the numerous reasons why nobody should take a Donald Trump campaign for president seriously. But you'd have to take it a little bit seriously to do so. We don't, so we won't," he added.
The difference, however, between Linkins' writing three months ago and Friday's announcement is that the former reflects a personal choice, whereas the latter is now newsroom-wide policy.
It is unclear whether the editorial announcement will change Trump's opinion of the Huffington Post, of which he spoke highly after it reported recently that he was performing well in the polls of Republican candidates.
Spokespersons for the real-estate-mogul-turned-presidential-candidate did not respond to the Washington Examiner's request for comment.