WHEN THE HUFFINGTON POST GETS IT RIGHT

I very often disagree with articles at huffingtonpost.com.  But this one – the headline, sub-head and key paragraphs of which are shown below – appears to be 100% accurate:

MELANIA TRUMP ORDERS LARGE PORTION OF HISTORIC WHITE HOUSE TREE REMOVED DUE TO DECAY

The first lady made the call after learning that the Jackson Magnolia, planted in 1835, was a safety hazard.

First Lady Melania Trump has made the call to remove a significant part of a historic magnolia tree that has graced the White House’s south facade since the 1800s.

Stephanie Grisham, Trump’s spokeswoman, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the first lady discussed options with White House staff and reviewed an analysis by the United States National Arboretum before deeming that the tree was a safety risk. 

“[Melania Trump] trusted that every effort had been made to preserve the historic tree, and was concerned about the safety of visitors and members of the press who are often standing right in front of the tree during Marine One lifts,” Grisham told the AP.

The problem?  Not every venue was as accurate as huffingtonpost.com.  And guess who got the short end of the inaccurate stick…as if you didn’t know.

Via Steven Hayward’s article at powerlineblog.com, we find headlines such as these…

From Newsweek:

From CNN:

And even from usually more reliable thehill.com (link to the article to see that one).

So, as you can see, whatever the body of the article might say, the headline suggests those %*&$^# Trumps – especially that execrable Melania – are history-obtuse morons who would just take down a 182 year old historic tree at the drop of a hatchet.  Gee, maybe it blocked poor wiwoo Melly’s view of the Potomac….

….which, it seems self-evident, is exactly what they want to communicate.  Mission accomplished.

The title of Steve Hayward’s article is “Why People Hate The Media, Chapter 12,186.”

He may have underestimated.

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