Just in from Melania’s communications director:
Yesterday, First Lady Melania Trump unveiled Be Best, her initiative meant to support children and the many issues they are facing today.
After giving a strong speech that was met with a standing ovation and positive feedback, the focus from opposition media has been on an educational booklet, “Talking with Kids About Being Online” produced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) 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. 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.
Our office will continue to focus on helping children and I encourage members of the media to attempt to Be Best in their own professions, and focus on some of the children and programs Mrs. Trump highlighted in her remarks yesterday.
In statement, East Wing spox Stephanie Grisham chides the “opposition media” for reporting on how Mrs. Trump used an old FTC booklet on protecting kids online in her initiative launch. “I encourage members of the media to attempt to Be Best in their own professions,” she says
— Julie Davis (@juliehdavis) May 8, 2018
Extraordinary statement from the First Lady's office about "opposition media" coverage of Melania Trump's "Be Best" roll out.
"I encourage members of the media to attempt to Be Best in their own professions." pic.twitter.com/IEB74R6WPb
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) May 8, 2018
First Lady’s office: Only "opposition media" think Melania Trump plagiarized her “Be Best” initiative pamphlet https://t.co/3vEgrcE0p3
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) May 8, 2018
"Opposition Media" sounds so very Orwellian. This White House lies, daily. The materials were a lazy rip off of earlier campaigns. Call out their Gaslighting please.
— Margret W. (@GManfan64) May 8, 2018