Earlier this week, a story broke that President Donald Trump lost it over CNN being on the first lady’s TV on Air Force One.
FLOTUS’ camp was quick to refute the story, with Melania Trump’s spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, saying that the first lady will watch whatever she wants.
It all got started with a report from the New York Times earlier this week.
The main headline for the day was: “Spotting CNN on a TV Aboard Air Force One, Trump Rages Against Reality.”
The entire story centered around CNN being on Melania’s TV, and Trump flipping out about it.
It went on to portray Trump as someone living in a bubble simply because he does not like networks like CNN.
There is a reason for that, of course.
Networks, including CNN, have been caught numerous times reporting outright lies and making up stories to get some clicks.
There are at least a half-dozen instances of CNN either twisting the story or coaching people so the story fits the narrative they want.
Of course, after the New York Times piece hit the wire, the first lady’s TV choices turned into the biggest story of the day for every network.
Accordingly, spokeswoman Grisham ripped the media outlets for not covering the important news.
“Did you know that every 15 minutes a baby is born with NAS?” Grisham said. “Maybe you’d like to talk about 160,000 kids who skip school every day for fear of being bullied, or that 280,000 students are physically attacked in schools every month.”
Then she really let them have it: “Seems kind of silly to worry about what channel she watches on TV (any channel she wants [by the way]) or if she heard some recording on the news.”
Most outlets did not take her point, though, as they all started to run with the story that Melania can watch whatever channel she wants, including CNN.
The network also decided to tweet it out as though it were some kind of massive victory for the network:
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) July 25, 2018
The media would love to get everyone to believe President Trump is some kind of misogynist that controls every move Melania makes, but that simply is not true.
Quite the contrary, actually.
Time and time again, Melania has proven to have considerable influence over Donald Trump.
She is far more than the arm candy networks like CNN are trying to make her out to be.