a satirical front page, presenting news from one year in the future - if Donald Trump becomes the president of the United States.
In the bottom, left corner of the paper, it reads:
"This is Donald Trump’s America. What you read on this page is what might happen if the GOP frontrunner can put his ideas into practice, his words into action. Many Americans might find this vision appealing, but the Globe’s editorial board finds it deeply troubling."
Inside the newspaper, they have an editorial that explains why they feel a Trump presidency would not be good for the country.
But should they have used their front page to make such a statement?
The front page not only mocks a leading presidential candidate but it offers numerous other jokes: they list Kid Rock as the ambassador to Japan, they announce that Trump has won a Nobel Prize, and they say that Trump named his puppy after the wife of China's president.
Does this help shed light on the the situation? Are they making the significant interesting and relevant? Or are they taking sides when they should simply be presenting the news?
In an era when there is so much competition for readers, and readers are reluctant to absorb "boring" news, is satire acceptable from traditional news outlets? Or does this sacrifice their overall credibility?
(You can find the full front page here).
9 months ago