On September 18th the New York Times ran an article stating the Donald Trump Jr. had decided to drop his Secret Service detail in order to have more privacy. What that article did not include was the privacy he was seeking would be found floating a river in the Yukon hunting for moose.
It is no secret that Donald Trump Jr. is an avid hunter and I cannot blame him for ditching his body guards to go hunting. Who in their right mind would want a bunch of dudes hanging around when you
The trip almost went without notice. On the 14th of September Donald Trump Jr. was recognized in the Whitehorse Airport by a friend of New York Times Reporter, Luke Dittrich. The friend phoned the reporter and it turns out the reporter was on his way to Whitehorse as well, so he decided do a little snooping. Keep in mind this is a full four days before the official announcement of him dropping the detail.
Dittrich called a friend that had a bunch of connections with Yukon outfitters. The friend was able to narrow down which outfitter he was with and had a good idea where his hunting camp was. Dittrich thought about heading out to the camp but thought better of it.
In other circumstances, looking for another person, I might have aggressively called all the likeliest outfitters and tried to talk my way into their camps. This was different. It occurred to me that my questions might trigger an unpredictable series of events. If Donald Trump Jr. realized that his under-the-radar trip was no longer under the radar, he or someone else might decide that he had to be yanked out of the bush, for safety’s sake. He’d spook, in other words. Which would inevitably lead to bubble-reinforcing headlines that might contain at least a grain of truth: “Reporter Endangers Trump Son (and Ruins His Vacation).”
So instead of barging into his camp he decided to hang out at the airport and ambush the Donald Trump Jr. when he returned. According to the article the Conversation went like this:
“Hey,” I said. “I’m Luke.”
I held out my hand, and he shook it.
“I’m Don,” he said.
I told him that I heard he was in the area, that I was with The New York Times Magazine and that I’d love to talk to him about his trip.
“The Times,” he said. “I never know where you guys are coming from.”
I asked if he bagged anything.
“I can’t really tell you that,” he said. ‘‘Let’s just say it was a good hunt.’’
Was it a moose?
“I can’t … look, I can’t say.”
The author then confirmed it was a moose on the down low. I am guessing he got that information for his outfitter friend.
I pretty much gave you the highlights of the meeting, but I would be remised if I did not mention all the extras that Dittrich added to the article. I would not go as far to say he is anti hunting, but he sure did not try to give it a fair shake. Here are a few examples of his bias writing.
“The internet is full of grisly pictures of him posing with the corpses of elephants, leopards, water buffaloes, crocodiles.”
“There are 19 big-game outfitters in the Yukon — each with their own huge hunting concession — and their clients pay about the price of a Honda Accord to spend a week in the bush killing wolves, moose, bears, elk and whatever other Yukon fauna they most covet.”
These are just a couple of examples of the writing style he uses to try and paint hunting in an unfair light.