Melania Trump just called out Jim Acosta and the rest of the mainstream media and issued the challenge heard round the world.
Melania told the media to knock off the gossip and palace intrigue stories that bring easy eyeballs and sell advertisements but do little to help the average American.
With all the problems we have in our society, it sure seems like the first lady has a good point.
Look, the media drives the narrative in this country and if they focus more on issues like Melania is challenging them to, we would all be better off.
CNN and the rest will absolutely mock Melania for this, but that doesn’t make her wrong.
From The Washington Examiner: First lady Melania Trump is challenging journalists to cover the opioid crisis as often as they publish “idle gossip and trivial stories.”
She made the request while speaking in Las Vegas Tuesday at an event with conservative commentator Eric Bolling, whose 19-year-old son died from an overdose in 2017.
“I’d also like to take a moment to challenge the media to cover this very real issue as often as possible. In 2017, we lost at least 72,000 Americans to overdoses — that’s 197 lost American lives per day, more than 8 lost lives per hour,” she said.
“I challenge the press to devote as much time to the lives lost and the potential lives that could be saved by dedicating the same amount of coverage that you do to idle gossip or trivial stories.”
“When we see breaking news on TV or the front pages of newspapers, it is my hope that it can be about how many lives we were able to save through education and honest dialogue. We all have a real opportunity to help this country save lives, and I know these are the real issues that people care about,” she said.
This is the second event in which Trump has teamed up with Bolling; the pair addressed the opioid crisis at Virginia’s Liberty University in November. And it’s not the first time she’s dismissed coverage of the White House. Late last year, she told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that she would prefer the media focus on “substance” over “nonsense.”
“[The press] likes to focus on the gossip, and I would like them to focus on the substance and what we do, not just about nonsense,” Trump said.
From The Hill:
First lady Melania Trump on Tuesday chided the media for its focus on “trivial stories,” urging reporters to dedicate the same amount of coverage to the country’s opioid epidemic.
The first lady has in the past criticized the press for its coverage of her, complaining that reporters focus on “unimportant” matters. President Trump regularly derides press coverage of his administration, labeling unfavorable stories “fake news” and labeling certain outlets “enemies of the people.”
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 5, 2019