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Newsweek Slammed Over Incredibly Misleading Headline About Melania Trump
Townhall.com ^ | December 27, 2017 | Leah Barkoukis

Posted on 12/27/2017 3:44:15 PM PST by Kaslin

Newsweek published an incredibly misleading article about first lady Melania Trump on Tuesday, stating in the headline that she ordered the removal of a tree that Andrew Jackson planted on White House grounds in 1835. 

“Melania Trump orders removal of the near-200-year-old tree from the White House,” Newsweek tweeted.

While it's true the first lady did order partial removal of the tree, it was only after specialists determined it was a huge safety risk.

Specialists at the United States National Arboretum were brought in by the White House to assess the Magnolia grandiflora, as it is specifically termed. According to documents obtained exclusively by CNN, the tree must be removed, and quickly, despite efforts to preserve it over several decades. The documents read in part:

"The overall architecture and structure of the tree is greatly compromised and the tree is completely dependent on the artificial support," stated documents obtained by CNN. "Without the extensive cabling system, the tree would have fallen years ago. Presently, and very concerning, the cabling system is failing on the east trunk, as a cable has pulled through the very thin layer of wood that remains. It is difficult to predict when and how many more will fail." (CNN)

“Mrs. Trump personally reviewed the reports from the United States National Arboretum and spoke at length with her staff about exploring every option before making the decision to remove a portion of the magnolia tree,” Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for the first lady, told CNN. “After reviewing the reports, she 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.”

The first lady even requested that wood from the tree be preserved and seedlings be made available if there's an opportunity in the future to plant a new Magnolia in the same location, but you wouldn't have guessed her concern for the tree based on Newsweek's headline. 

Grisham slammed the news outlet for its extreme bias in the story. 

“Newsweek's bias and disdain for the First Lady and our administration was on full display when they actively chose to use a false headline instead of practicing responsible journalism. This is why Americans' trust and confidence in mass media continues to fall,” she told Fox News. 

Media Research Center Vice President Dan Gainor also mocked the publication for its misleading headline. 

“They either find something to attack him on or they just make it up,” Gainor told Fox News. “Remember, Newsweek sold several years ago for $1. It appears the buyers were cheated.”

But it's not just conservatives upset about the tweet. Huffington Post reporter Yashar Ali said "there's no excuse" for the headline, calling it "another BS Newsweek tweet."


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: 1stladymelania; clintonnonnews; cnn; media; mediawingofthednc; melania; msm; newsweak; partisanmediashills; stephaniegrisham; trump
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1 posted on 12/27/2017 3:44:15 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

If Melania Trump walked on water, the Newsweek headline would be, “Even Water Rejects Melania Trump”....


2 posted on 12/27/2017 3:49:01 PM PST by apillar
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To: Kaslin

If Newsweek doesn’t continually feed a steady stream of Trump-hate to their tiny remaining herd of sheep-like readers, they are afraid that those who are left will harm themselves.


3 posted on 12/27/2017 3:49:34 PM PST by Steely Tom ([Seth Rich] == [the Democrat's John Dean])
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To: Kaslin

Sold for a Dollar ...
Haha!


4 posted on 12/27/2017 3:49:47 PM PST by Big Red Badger (UNSCANABLE in an IDIOCRACY!)
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To: Kaslin

That headline really did take the cake - right out of The Onion.

Newsweek needs to come out publicly and say that the persons, responsible for the headline, have been sacked.

And then they need to say that those responsible for sacking the people who have just been sacked, have been sacked.


5 posted on 12/27/2017 3:50:12 PM PST by PlateOfShrimp
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To: Kaslin

It’s what big media propagandist do, they lie, twist and manipulate reports and headlines. They’ve been caught doing it so many times they’ve lost all credibility.

It’s wonderful!


6 posted on 12/27/2017 3:51:08 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Steely Tom

NewsweAk - a favorite of uber-liberal Yahoo!.

Just like Business Insider.


7 posted on 12/27/2017 3:52:13 PM PST by SaveFerris (Luke 17:28 ... as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold ......)
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To: Kaslin
What a stupid story. Trees live and die. This tree is a wreck...kept together with cables. It should have been taken down years ago. They have propogated several trees which are about 8-10 feet tall.

The tree is on life support. It goes on and on....and these same people think it's okay to kill babies.

8 posted on 12/27/2017 3:53:00 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Kaslin

News... who???

Wait! that rag from the 80s?? they are still around?


9 posted on 12/27/2017 3:53:38 PM PST by cableguymn (We need a redneck in the white house....)
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To: Kaslin

I thought we’re SUPPOSED to get rid of anything from Andrew Jackson. Don’t black visitors to the White House need hospitalization after seeing that tree?


10 posted on 12/27/2017 3:54:36 PM PST by Williams (Stop tolerating the intolerant.)
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To: Kaslin

Magnolia grandiflora,....It’s a freakin’ filthy tree!! Smells nice in the spring but should be bundled up and stuck in the attic for the rest of the year.


11 posted on 12/27/2017 3:55:08 PM PST by Safetgiver (Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Big Red Badger

All 12 pages of what is left of Newsweek.


12 posted on 12/27/2017 3:55:26 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I love Bull Markets!)
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To: Kaslin
"While the White House initially announced a “large portion” of the tree would be cut away,
before and after photos revealed only small sections of the tree had been removed."


13 posted on 12/27/2017 3:55:26 PM PST by Slyfox (Not my circus, not my monkey - A Polish saying that means I ain't got a dog in this hunt.)
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To: Kaslin

MSM. Respective journalism. Telling the truth. Naw, none of those fit in the same sentence.


14 posted on 12/27/2017 3:56:55 PM PST by RetiredArmy (We are in the Last Days of human history. Jesus is coming back, & soon! Do U know Him?)
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To: Kaslin
Here's another totally misleading headline from Newsweak:

Ivanka Trump Vacation Photo Has Confederate Flag Behind Jared Kushner

And the picture with the flag (in the far background!):


15 posted on 12/27/2017 4:02:37 PM PST by CedarDave (Alt-left hates presidents pics on paper money. I'll gladly collect those offensive bills from them!)
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To: CedarDave
Link to FR story:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3617371/posts

16 posted on 12/27/2017 4:05:23 PM PST by CedarDave (Alt-left hates presidents pics on paper money. I'll gladly collect those offensive bills from them!)
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To: Kaslin

More evidence that liberals are despicable lying liars.


17 posted on 12/27/2017 4:06:08 PM PST by Sasparilla ( I'm Not Tired of Winning.)
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To: Safetgiver

Every tree has a genus and species. You’re a Homo sapiens.


18 posted on 12/27/2017 4:10:48 PM PST by scrabblehack
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To: CedarDave

Where are the big game photos ... in 3....2....

???

Family of killers. ////sarc


19 posted on 12/27/2017 4:11:05 PM PST by Daffynition (The New PTSD: PRESIDENT-Trump Stress Disorder - The LSN didn’t make Trump, so they can't break him)
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To: dragnet2

Anymore, I assume a salient MSM headline or article is more fake than real before considering it real.

Most times anymore, it is more fake than real.

And the MSM does not even seem to show any interest in trying to earn their credibility back. They just publish the lies and run with them — until the lies are so egregious that they must relent and publish a retraction or apology.

They are little more than instruments of propaganda for political purposes.


20 posted on 12/27/2017 4:15:04 PM PST by TomGuy
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