Boston Globe Defends Its 'Unconventional New Approach' to Making Up the News

By Susan Jones | April 12, 2016 | 5:47am EDT
This image shows a portion of a satirical front page of The Boston Globe published on the newspaper's website on Saturday, April 9, 2016. The editorial board of The Boston Globe used the parody to express its disgust with a potential Donald Trump presidency. (The Boston Globe via AP)

(CNSNews.com) - The Boston Globe says it's "really pleased" that its "unconventional new approach" to slamming Donald Trump has prompted a national discussion.

"I mean, the reality is that the editorial page comments on politics and other news events every single day," Globe editorial board member Kathleen Kingsbury told Fox News's Greta Van Susteren Monday evening.

"This is just kind of (an) unconventional new approach of doing it, and one that we thought, you know, really sparks a conversation, and we're really pleased by that."

On Sunday, the Boston Globe published a satirical front page in its Ideas section, explaining what the editors imagine the world might look like under a Trump presidency.

“Deportations to Begin” blared the main headline on the Boston Globe's mock front page. "Riots continue," said another. "Markets sink as trade war looms”; "US soldiers refuse orders to kill ISIS families."

The satirical front page was not produced by the Globe's news division, Kingsbury said. "For generations, American newspapers have had editorial pages and newsrooms that have operated separately and the Globe has been no different. This was on the front cover of our opinion section that runs every Sunday."

Why didn't the Globe do this before the Massachusetts primary on March 1? Van Susteren asked Kingsbury.

"To be honest, we didn't have the idea before the Massachusetts primary," she responded. "We did come out very strongly against Trump in an editorial right before the Massachusetts primary. We asked voters to cast a ballot for John Kasich.

"In fact, we actually asked even Democratic voters who were undecided and could get the GOP ballot to do that. And but -- simply came up with this idea a little bit later. We are heading into a bunch of primaries that we think are really important -- New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. And we wanted people to have a true sense of what Donald Trump's vision for America is."

Van Susteren asked Kingsbury about the main headline on deportations: "So, 'Deportations to Begin,' we got those every single day in the hundreds of thousands. So, why did you put that headline?"

"Absolutely," Kingsbury agreed. "I think actually the figure is 2.5 million deportations since 2009 under the Obama administration. The Globe's editorial board has actually been very critical of many of the immigration policies under Obama.

"But, the reason that we focused on deportations was frankly, you know, Donald Trump's rhetoric is at a whole other scale. He's talking about rounding up 11 million people and sending them back to their home countries in less than two years. That is an extraordinary claim. And we want to do show what that looks like in reality."

Except there was nothing real about the satire.

Kingsbury said reaction to the parody front page "has been really mixed." She said the Globe has "heard from a lot of people who have thanked us for doing this."

Van Susteren told Kingsbury, "I look forward to what happens when Donald Trump asks for equal space to respond. I hope you will come back when that happens."

"We would -- we would absolutely welcome that," Kingsbury said.

One Washington, D.C., talk radio station on Monday invited its listeners to create a their own mock headlines, describing what a Clinton or Sanders presidency might look like.

But The Boston Globe has not said if it plans to apply its "unconventional" approach to other candidates.

"We plan to continue to publish rigorous opinion journalism about all candidates for the duration of the campaign. That’s the mission of an editorial page: to prompt debate and conversation," Ellen Clegg, editor of the editorial page, told Fox News in a statement.

Donald Trump on Monday said, "I wouldn't hold my breath" waiting for the Globe to treat Hillary Clinton the way it's treated him.

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