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Donald Trump’s Words Make Media Question Coverage Strategies

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to the crowd at a Pearl Harbor Day Rally at the U.S.S. Yorktown December 7, 2015 in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, where he called for a travel ban on Muslims trying to enter the United States. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to the crowd at a Pearl Harbor Day Rally at the U.S.S. Yorktown December 7, 2015 in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, where he called for a travel ban on Muslims trying to enter the United States. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s call for a travel ban on Muslims trying to enter the United States alarmed Muslims and non-Muslims alike, but drew cheers and applause from his immediate audience.

Meanwhile, the media is taking a stricter stance on Trump. Last night, Arianna Huffington announced that The Huffington Post would place its Trump coverage in its politics section, rather than entertainment, and two morning shows today demanded that Trump answer their hosts’ questions.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson asks NPR’s media correspondent David Folkenflik what reporters should do when covering a candidate like Trump.

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