Melania Trump is admonishing journalists to “be best” in their jobs following some unflattering news coverage of her initiative to promote child well-being.
The first lady launched the “Be Best” campaign on Monday to encourage adults to help teach children to be good citizens. Several news outlets reported that material she distributed for adults to talk to children about being online was similar to information distributed during the Obama administration.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 8, 2018
Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s spokeswoman, took the “opposition media” to task on Tuesday. She says in a statement that journalists used a day meant to promote positive efforts on behalf of children to lob “baseless accusations towards the first lady.”
Grisham said Monday that the Federal Trade Commission asked Mrs. Trump to include the booklet in her materials. –Yahoo
— GOP (@GOP) May 8, 2018
It’s unfortunate that a program created under the direction of First Lady Melania Trump was turned into something so ugly yesterday by the media and leftist activists/journalists and even a “pastor” who happily put hate before kids and certainly before facts.
Slate magazine (a liberal left-wing rag) was quick to print side-by-side copies of the FTC book used by both the Obama administration and by Melania in her #BeBest initiative, as requested by the FTC.
— Slate (@Slate) May 8, 2018
This “pastor” with over 100K followers asked why the media is “covering” for Melania’s “Be Best” campaign, calling it an “act of theft”. “Pastor” Pavlovitz, who apparently preaches from a position of hate, also asked why we’re “trying to have a society that normalizes stealing.”
Dear Everyone in the Media,
We're trying to have a society here, and iIf would you stop normalizing stealing—that would be a huge boost.
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) May 8, 2018
This “comedian” calls Melania a “cheat”:
— Cyrus McQueen (@CyrusMMcQueen) May 8, 2018
The White House is miffed that first lady Melania Trump’s speech announcing her agenda is being criticized for copying an Obama administration pamphlet on how to talk to kids about online cyber bullying.
A statement issued Tuesday by Trump’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, attacked the “opposition media” for focusing on the strong similarities between two government pamphlets instead of the first lady’s Be Best campaign to promote children’s well-being during her term.
The statement said Trump’s speech on Monday in the Rose Garden was “strong” and “met with a standing ovation and positive feedback.”
But Trump critics immediately began tweeting Monday afternoon about the similarities between the Be Best campaign material and an educational booklet, “Talking With Kids About Being Online,” originally produced by the Federal Trade Commission in 2009.
“Mrs. Trump agreed to add Be Best branding and distribute the booklet in an effort to use her platform to amplify the positive message within,” Grisham’s statement said. “As she said in yesterday’s speech, she is going to use Be Best to promote people and organizations to encourage conversation and replication, and helping the FTC distribute this booklet is just one small example.
“Despite providing countless outlets with ample background, information, and on-the-record comments from the FTC, some media have chosen to take a day meant to promote kindness and positive efforts on behalf of children, to instead lob baseless accusations towards the First Lady and her new initiatives,” the statement said.
Following the Monday speech, Grisham told USA TODAY that the FTC pamphlet is “a good resource” to include with Be Best materials.
“It was updated and edited to reflect today’s event and we were happy to be able to provide the children in attendance with such a resource,” she said in an email. –Kiiitv