Our favorite First Lady of the United States is finally ending the first 12 months of her “Be Best” initiative, a program calling for an end to cyberbullying, opioid abuse, and general unhealthy habits among children. To commemorate, she held a town hall meeting in Las Vegas with local officials and the members of the public in attendance.
Melania spoke on a variety of topics, but largely gave an impassioned speech about something very important: how the media is failing Americans.
Here’s what she had to say.
- Melania’s most pointed comment spoke to something we’ve been seeing in the media over and over again in recent years: they only care about clicks. She lambasted them for focusing more on “idle gossip [and] trivial stories”
- But Melania isn’t all about criticism; she wants action, too. “I challenge the press to devote as much time to the lives lost and the potential lives that could be saved by dedicating the same amount of coverage that you do to idle gossip or trivial stories,” she demanded.
- Given that the press has been especially awful to her in recent months (primarily the Left press, specifically), it’s a brave stance to take. It’s also a correct stance; a quick glance over several recent months worth of news shows an entire slew of articles about her private relationship with her husband or even allegations that she was an adult film star (untrue).
- “I wish the media would talk about more and educate more children, also adults, parents, about the opioid crisis that we have in the United States,” she lamented, speaking to Fox News host Eric Bolling. “They do it already, but I think not enough.” Opiates are a sensitive topic for Bolling, who lost his own son to an overdose of the drugs not long ago.
- The First Lady’s spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, also recently told NBC TODAY that the initiative isn’t ending as much as it is evolving. Year one was dedicated to “learning.” What’s next? Grisham explained that, too. “We’re going to start looking at possible legislation that might…be something she would want to get on board with.”