It is the integrity, professionalism and decency of the media of the day that is seriously MIA

It’s Media Integrity That’s Missing in Action, not Melania

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It’s Media Integrity That’s Missing in Action, not Melania
No matter how outlandishly mainstream and social media try to spin their latest yarn, Melania Trump is not,  and was never,  Missing in Action (MIA).  It is the integrity, professionalism and decency of the media of the day that is seriously MIA.

The sharks of mainstream and social media hungrily need Melania in plain sight, so that they can take vicious potshots at her even as she recuperates from her 3-week-old benign kidney embolisation procedure.


They’re all in a frenzied flap because their collective wolf-howiing, “Come out, Melania, come out, come out wherever you are”, isn’t working because they are being effectively ignored by the White House and the First Lady herself.

With Melania —temporarily—out of the “NEWS”, the media used Ivanka Trump as their stand-in, for slurs, making faux comedian Samantha Bee front page “NEWS” for calling Ivanka a   “feckless c**t”, and even worse suggesting that she should seduce her own father: “Put on something tight and low-cut and tell your father to f***ing stop it!”

Seriously MIA is mainstream and social media moral judgment.

“Despite widely circulated conspiracy theories and breathless media speculation that she was “missing in action,” first lady Melania Trump attended a scheduled White House event honoring Gold Star families Monday evening. (Fox News, June 4, 2018)

“Videos of the first lady at the event, which marked her first public appearance in more than three weeks after undergoing a kidney procedure at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, were quickly posted on social media.”

Notice how the White House was slagged for “quickly posting” the Melania videos?

“Images uploaded to Twitter showed the first lady wearing a sleeveless black dress and strolling into the East Room accompanied by President Trump. The president showed her to a seat in the front row before he headed for the stage. (Fox News)

“Melania Trump had not been seen in public since May 10, when she and the president welcomed home three Americans freed from North Korea. Four days later, the White House announced she had been hospitalized to treat a benign kidney condition.

“CNN and several other mainstream media outlets had been painting the first lady as “missing in action,” even though several observers pointed out that the first lady was spotted in the West Wing as recently as May 29.

“Nevertheless, CNN’s “Reliable Sources” newsletter on Monday led with a giant graphic of a calendar, placing question marks on each date since Mrs. Trump was “last seen” on May 10.

“Even though the network noted that Melania Trump was scheduled to appear at the Gold Star function Monday, CNN’s Brian Stelter appeared to downplay the news because the event was not open to the public.

“BUT BUT: The event is closed to the press, so Monday evening may not resolve the mystery,” Stelter tweeted.

“Meanwhile, Rolling Stone senior writer Jamil Smith on Sunday wrote on Twitter, “I wish that I didn’t suspect that the prolonged, poorly explained public absence of Melania Trump could be about concealing abuse. I wish that it was a ludicrous prospect.”

“A spokeswoman for Melania Trump on Monday slammed a “rabid press corps” for the wanton speculation about her condition and whereabouts.

“Mrs. Trump has always been a strong and independent woman who puts her family, and certainly her health above all else, and that won’t change over a rabid press corps,” Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for the first lady, told Fox News. “She’s confident in what she is doing and in her role, and knows the rest is just speculation and nonsense.”

Even though the above information gem originated with Fox News’ Brian Flood, “Alex Papas and the Associated Press contributed to this report”.

Such is the sad state of media reportage of the day.

Let’s take a look at the mainstream media’s publicity hounds recently gone MIA:

Although her ambulance chasing lawyer was in Drudge headlines as recently as June 1: ‘Stormy Daniels Lawyer Dogged by His Own Legal Battles’, the last time we heard about Stormy was on May 23: ‘West Hollywood to present Stormy Daniels with Key to the City’-Drudge Report.

Back on May 18, we were reading about how Stormy Daniel’s show ended after a drunk man threw a wallet in her face.

Comically enough, Stormy’s bump and grind headlines have been replaced with former President Bill Clinton returning from MIA to sudden victimhood:

“Bill Clinton insists he doesn’t owe Monica Lewinsky an apology for hijacking her life by seducing her while president – and says HE’S a victim because the legal fallout left him $16 million in debt.” (Daily Mail, June 4, 2018)

Will Clinton next demand a public #MeToo apology from Lewinsky for letting him seduce her?

Meanwhile, millions in the masses who know perfectly well where Melania Trump is, and are happy knowing she’s there, won’t be sending search and rescue parties out to find Stormy, her lawyer or the latest ‘victim’ married to Russia victim Hillary Clinton.


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Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years’ experience in the print media. A former Toronto Sun columnist, she also worked for the Kingston Whig Standard. Her work has appeared on Rush Limbaugh, Newsmax.com, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com.

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