Politics

Good week, bad week

GOOD WEEK: Cable news networks

This week, cable news networks received their best gift since Sarah Palin: After teasing a run for 25 years, businessman Donald Trump will seek the GOP nomination. And if his announcement speech is any indication, Trump’s candidacy will serve up cable catnip for months. He bragged about his personal wealth (“I don’t need anybody’s money . . . I’m really rich”). He discussed immigration (“I will make Mexico pay for that wall”). And, of course, he boasted about his stellar personality (“I think I am a nice person”). Consider it an early Christmas present, cable.

BAD WEEK: David Martosko

It’s not easy being a foreign reporter covering the race for the White House — especially if you’re David Martosko of London’s Daily Mail. He was designated by the national press pool to cover Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday during her trip to New Hampshire. But when Martosko showed up for duty, the Clinton campaign denied him access to events in Rochester and Manchester. A Clinton spokesman didn’t give Martosko a reason, only saying the campaign had received “blowback” from foreign outlets. Even worse: When Martosko asked to use the restroom, Secret Service told him to “hit the woods.”