Wednesday, March 1, 2017


The president
And the media

NO MATTER WHAT HE DOES, the media and the Democrats manage to find fault.

President Trump invites leaders of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) for a photo op before they were to meet with VP Mike Pence and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Solon magazine’s Sophia Tesfaye, however, wrote that Trump summoned dozens of leaders of historically black colleges and universities to the Oval Office on Monday for a meet and greet event prior to a “listening session” with Vice President Mike Pence and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Continuing her overly long opening salvo, Tesfaye takes issue with a bad White House photo, continuing her slam by writing But while controversy has swirled around the placement of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway’s feet in a photo-op, the real outrage is how the Trump administration has managed to bungle its outreach to black leaders during the final days of Black History Month.

Granted, Ms. Conway should have been cropped out before the photo was released, but come on — was it really such a slow news day that Ms. Conway was shown with her feet up and an electric device in her hands?

Making certain her readers were as upset as she, Ms. Tesfaye wrote that Predictable outrage took over Twitter on Monday night when an image was released of Conway perched, her feet tucked beneath her, on a couch in the Oval Office as President Trump stood behind his desk with 64 presidents of historically black colleges and universities gathered around him was released. Presumably Conway was on the sofa to try to get a good angle for snapping a photo. (Where her shoes were was unclear.) (Emphasis mine on writer’s editorializing.)

MEANWHILE, takes a swipe at Trump’s invitation to the signing of H.R. 321 and H.R. 255, which direct NASA and the National Science Foundation, respectively, to encourage more women to enter STEM fields with a headline reading White House Finds at Least 8 Women to Pose With Donald Trump (Since the writer failed to “spell it out before abbreviating,” STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.)

Not content with a snarky headline, writer Gabriella Paiella notes in her second paragraph that Daughter Ivanka Trump, who was present (and wearing her most formal choker), tweeted out a photo of the moment. Ms. Trump’s tweeted photo appears above.

Ending her brief attack on Trump, Ms. Paiella makes another cub reporter mistake by writing After the photo session ended, at least four of the women pictured presumably demanded to speak to a manager. (Emphasis mine.)

Perhaps writers don’t work under the restraints reporters had “back in the day” — been there, done that. Real reporters never “presume” or “assume” anything; that’s for editorial writers. I’m left wondering: To what “manager” was Ms. Paiella referring? Her entire closing paragraph was an editorial sans substance.

Is it any wonder Trump is as anti-media as the media is anti-Trump?

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