Editorial roundup


• The (Ashtabula) Star-Beacon, July 26

Donald Trump is the politically unhinged train wreck equivalent of the Kardashians.

National news media executives understand the clickbait appeal of big booties and big mouths swinging around in public.

They also enjoy the fact that Trump has chosen to identify as a Republican …

Trump is correct when he excoriates the national media for bowing to his every taunt, every slur and every unintelligible word salad dressed with the occasional structured sentence …

He is a creature trained to deliver memorable soundbites with less depth and more sting than any other reality show performer. He writes the headlines and the punchlines, relieving reporters of heady research into actual policy fragments articulated by otherwise serious candidates …

Trump is wealthier than any of the other wealthy candidates and he likes to spread the loot around when he can profit promotionally.

He’s getting a lot of free press right now while media executives prepare to send their reps to his staff with advertising contracts in hand.

If he stays in the race, there will come a time when Trump’s team will have to start writing checks for the kind of attention he’s getting now and the media execs know it …

___

• The (Toledo) Blade, Aug. 3

Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who killed a beloved and protected lion in Zimbabwe last month, has ruined his reputation and closed his practice. He should lose something else: his freedom.

It’s unclear whether the big-game hunter who broke the law on a past hunt can be prosecuted for killing Cecil, a 13-year-old lion that was being studied by Oxford University researchers and lived in a wildlife sanctuary. But Americans who use dubious means to bag imperiled animals in other countries deserve jail time.

Mr. Palmer admitted hunting and killing Cecil, but he claimed he did not know the animal was a much-photographed favorite of visitors to Hwange National Park. He reportedly paid $50,000 to track and kill the black-maned lion and said he had the required licenses …

Mr. Palmer said he didn’t realize Cecil was a protected lion and blamed his guide, who was charged last week by authorities with failing to prevent an unlawful hunt …

… The United States needs a clear and tough statute to prohibit Americans from hunting protected animals in any country.

… But an unflinching approach by American justice can alter this cruel landscape. The mindless slaughter of threatened animals must end.