Republican donors would “finance the articles” so that they appear in black newspapers.
A right-leaning nonprofit wants to help Donald Trump throw a hail mary — by publishing articles critical of Hillary Clinton and other Democrats in black newspapers, BuzzFeed News is reporting.
According to BuzzFeed:
The American Media Institute has approached Republican donors to finance the articles, three sources said. They were to run in a nominally apolitical black wire service that serves the black press, the sources said.
The National Newspaper Publishers Association, the trade group representing most black newspapers, has not commented on the BuzzFeed report. Some black papers historically have accepted paid or sponsored content — but not at the level of influencing a presidential election in favor of Republicans.
Buzzfeed said one source shared details of the plan with BuzzFeed News out of concern that the proposal “looks like voter suppression,” the source said. The group’s founder, Richard Miniter, adamantly denied that charge. It is also unclear whether any donors have committed to financing the project in the election’s final weeks.
Miniter, a former Washington Times editorial page editor who is CEO and founder of the American Media Institute, has told associates that the that the stories would be distributed by the nonprofit’s Urban News Service, adding that the articles would include attacks on Obamacare and on the Clintons’ failures regarding people of color.
BuzzFeed said the articles to appear in black newspapers would focus on black voters in key swing states including Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.