Donald Trump, who repeatedly sues and criticizes journalists and wishes newspapers be put to sleep, is speaking at a First Amendment event this month. I emailed Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications executive director David Tirrell-Wysocki on Thursday to find out why Trump was chosen, but didn’t get a response. I called him this morning and got voicemail, so I left a Why Trump? message. Come on, David, don’t be a “loser” – Trump’s favorite diss – and ignore us!
Update – Tirrell-Wysocki sends this email:
You guess wrong about Mr. Trump giving to the school.
We approached Mr. Trump when he was in NH last spring, told him about the school and asked if he’d be williing to donate his time as the keynote speaker at our annual fund-raising event. He agreed.
Donald Trump is our featured speaker for the same reason we have featured Vice President Joe Biden, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, columnist Pat Buchanan, NBC’s Tim Russert among others, as our speakers. They aren’t afraid to speak their minds, something that the First Amendment protects for all Americans; and they help the Nackey Loeb School of Communications promote the First Amendment and communications through the free courses we offer.
In that regard, Mr. Trump and all our speakers have shown themselves to be friends of journalism and we thank them all.