The East Wing of the White House lashed out at journalists for reporting on how First Lady Melania Trump copied her "Be Best" anti-cyberbullying guidelines from Barack Obama's administration.
Stephanie Grisham, the communications director for the First Lady, issued a statement on Tuesday morning that blasted news organizations like Raw Story who covered the scandal.
Melania Trump copies 'Be Best' anti-cyberbullying guidelines from booklet released by Obama's FTC https://t.co/O5jnZbr74Q— Raw Story (@Raw Story)1525728172.0
"After giving a strong speech that was met with a standing ovation and positive feedback, the focus from opposition media has been on an eduction booklet, 'Talking with Kids About Being Online' produced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in 2009," Grisham said. "Despite providing countless outlets with ample background, 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."
Grisham added, "I encourage members of the media to attempt to Be Best in their own professions."
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Melania Trump was caught cribbing a Michelle Obama speech while addressing the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
On Monday evening, MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow reminded of the parallels between the two scandals.
It was an unkindness to the first lady for the White House to claim she created a pamphlet about children's online… https://t.co/Sjr5qnQZmE— Maddow Blog (@Maddow Blog)1525745932.0
Read the full statement:
https://t.co/j1KX85NIQH— Stephanie Grisham (@Stephanie Grisham)1525792898.0