In her fawning interview with Melania Trump, Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt proved yet again that she’s more interested in promoting pro-Trump propaganda than in engaging in any kind of real journalism.
It’s no surprise that Fox should have chosen Earhardt to promote, I mean interview Mrs. Trump. In addition to her Trump cheerleading on Fox & Friends, Earhardt is a segregation apologist and she defended Roger Ailes after he was accused of sexual harassment. In other words, she's probably very sympatico with Trump for real.
Earhardt looked like she might swoon with adoration during her interview:
The interview was edited to get right to the Trump spin:
TRUMP: I am very strong, I am very confident and I could handle everything. But what I will not allow, people saying lies about me, saying lies about my family, my husband and I file a lawsuit and I will fight until the end because I will not allow that.
It’s odd that Mrs. Trump should cite something like that (she’s talking about a report that she worked as an escort) as her first concern about media coverage, rather than the multiple allegations of sexual assault that are rocking her husband’s campaign right now.
But instead of exploring that, Earhardt went for more Trump talking points.
EARHARDT: What lie made you the most upset and how would you like to set the record straight?
Trump went right back to the escort issue.
TRUMP: The lie was that I was working as en escort. What is not true. And it’s just terrible what is going on out there.
The other big lie Trump wanted to discuss was the accusation that she did not immigrate here legally.
She did not talk about her convention speech that was plagiarized from Michelle Obama. Not surprisingly, neither did Earhardt.
No, Earhardt was too busy drumming up sympathy for Melania. “I think all women in America felt for you and for what you went through,” she said about the many women who have come forward with allegations against Donald Trump.”
Earhardt did not indicate any sympathy for women who may have been abused by him.
Still, Melania Trump’s response was interesting.
“I was not surprised,” she said. She paused there, making it seem like a complete sentence. Then she added, “In one way because, as I said before, everything was organized. Why now? Why three weeks before the election?”
We know why now. It was after her husband insisted he had never actually engaged in any of the behavior he bragged about engaging in during the now infamous Access Hollywood video in which he boasted about his ability to "Grab them by the p***y."
Again, Earhardt didn’t mention it.
Mrs. Trump continued, “All the allegations should be handled in a court of law. And without evidence, to accuse somebody, if a man or a woman, it’s damaging and it’s unfair.”
Of course, Earhardt didn’t ask about that, either. Probably because she was too busy thinking up ways to help Melania spin the sexual assault allegations. She said about the Access Hollywood video, “He apologized immediately. …He immediately came out and he said, 'I said it, I was wrong and I apologize.'”
“I accept his apology and we are moving on,” Melania Trump said. “My husband is kind, he’s a gentleman, he cares about people, he cares about women, he’s not the man we heard him on the tape.”
Then she attempted to blame Howard Stern and Billy Bush for her husband’s behavior. “They try to get from him some unappropriate [sic] and dirty language,” she said.
Mrs. Trump, who had hoped to be the next Jackie Kennedy, has plans for her role in the White House. And, believe it or not, she wants to focus on the “very, very bad” aspects of social media.
TRUMP: In 21st Century, it’s very important now, we see social media. It can be very, very bad. I see negativity that the children go through. And it’s really sad. And I would focus on that.
Well, what about her husband’s Twitter tirades?
Once again, Earhardt didn’t ask. Instead, with a mean-spirited smile, she prompted Trump to smear the Clintons by asking, “What do you think of Hillary Clinton?”
Watch it below, from the October 18, 2016 Fox & Friends. Then compare it to Anderson Cooper's interview on CNN (Yes, Melania went to the network that Donald supposedly hates) which covers much of the same ground. Cooper is sensitive but informative. He puts Earhardt to shame.
Unlike Hillary (in response to what I consider to have been the best question during Debate 2), I have no respect for Trump’s older sons who are manoeuvring for status, butevery respect for Melanie and Ivanka who are desperately trying to make the best of a very bad situation. That’s what women have always done, right? Right! Howevermuch I may deplore it,that’s the traditional role of the women of powerful men.
I do take extraordinary exception to the fact that the Trumplicans would have us believe that Hillary attacking the women who seduced (or were seduced by) Bill is “wrong”, but Melanie doing the same for Donald is “right”. That doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.
….,who at this point probably looks like the saviour of the republican party and not the runaway beer truck.
“Oh, please save us magic underwear man!!”