Huge media storm over Trump’s Muslim immigration ban
Slew of newspapers and magazines come out against the ban
January 30, 2017
Condé Nast clearly has no intention of making friends with Donald Trump, despite a recent sitdown with the president to mend relations.
Over the weekend, Condé Nast Traveler published an editorial calling out the president’s executive order on immigration and refugees, saying it “Is a Violation of What We Stand for as Travelers.”
It’s not the first time (and probably won’t be the last) a CN magazine tussled with Trump. Before he was sworn in, the billionaire businessman went on a Twitter tirade against Vanity Fair, which published a critical review of one of his restaurants.
Vanity Fair smartly trumpeted Trump’s takedown across the internet and soon earned thousands of new subscriptions for it. It’s not hard to imagine Condé Nast Traveler would be going for the same thing.
Still, Traveler was hardly the only business, advertiser or media company to come out against the Trump order.
Three CEOs of agency holding companies issued statements praising inclusion and the importance of all backgrounds to their missions.
WPP’s Martin Sorrell, never one to hide his thoughts, said he felt an “instinctive dislike” for the order.
IPG’s Michael Roth sent a note to employees saying in part the the company was “committed to protecting you.”
Omnicom’s John Wren said the company was also dedicated to protection of its employees.
Other companies went even stronger against the ban. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post, went so far as to reach out to members of Congress about the ban and prepare a declaration of support for a suit coming in Washington.
Here’s a rundown of others who have denounced the ban:
Lyft, which late last year launched a huge advertising campaign to promote a new connected car device, said it’s against the ban and pledged to donate to the ACLU
The New York Times, in a Saturday editorial
The Washington Post, in a Saturday editorial
The Dallas Morning News, in a Sunday editorial aimed at Republicans
The typically conservative Wall Street Journal, in a Sunday editorial that primarily blasted the order’s poor preparation and explanation
Nike, which hiked ad spending last year
Google, which is also raising money for the ACLU and several immigrant and refugee organizations
Netflix, whose CEO said the policy is “un-American”
Starbucks, which spends more than $230 million per year on advertising, said it will hire 10,000 refugees in response
Ford, which became the first U.S. automaker to assail the ban in a statement Monday
Goldman Sachs, several of whose alumni have joined the Trump administration’s top ranks
Supporting the immigration ban
On the other side, here are a few media entities that are for the order:
The National Review, though it said the order has had a flawed rollout
The American Conservative’s Philip Giraldi, though he called the order itself “a mess”
The American Spectator’s Jeffrey Lord
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