— Via @MrDanZak
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.
“Dopey @chicagotribune critic fails to mention the ugly Sun Times sign,” Donald Trump tweeted after being blasted by Pulitzer-winning architecture critic Blair Kamin. (Update: Kamin points out he did mention the Sun-Times sign.) “Before I bought the site, the Sun Times had the biggest, ugliest sign Chicago has ever seen. Mine is magnificent and popular.” (It is? One of Kamin’s Tribune colleagues tells Trump that “no one – I repeat, NO ONE – in Chicago likes your sign.”)
Last week, Kamin called Trump’s sign “utterly out of character with its surroundings.” Also, he wrote, its letters are “grotesquely overscaled.” The Tribune architecture critic added: “To be sure, the nearby Tribune Tower has a prominently displayed sign, but it’s on an attached structure, not the neo-Gothic skyscraper itself. The Trump sign, by comparison, is a poke in the eye.”
At the Sun-Times, columnist Neil Steinberg points out that “a big Trump sign is not the Chicago way. Not to go all Garrison Keillor on you, but we’re Midwesterners. Modest people, the Pritzkers notwithstanding.”
* Blair Kamin criticizes Trump’s so-called Hollywood-like sign (chicagotribune.com)
* Trump Tower letters shorts on taste, wildly offensive (suntimes.com)
* @realdonaldtrump | @blairkamin | @chicagotribune
* The Sun-Times Facebook page has fun with Trump’s quote (facebook.com)
Earlier on JimRomenesko.com:
* Trump wants the Palm Beach Post put to sleep
* Trump says the writers at Deadspin are “total losers”
Trump on Coppins after publication of his story:
A dishonest slob of a reporter, who doesn't understand my sarcasm when talking about him or his wife, wrote a foolish & boring Trump "hit"
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2014
— McKay Coppins (@mckaycoppins) February 15, 2014
* Trump fires the aide who advised him to do the Coppins interview (nypost.com)
* Earlier: 36 hours on the fake campaign trail with Trump (buzzfeed.com)
* Earlier: Trump says “the Deadspin guys are total losers” (jimromenesko.com)