The media’s obsession with Donald Trump seems to be shifting to his beautiful wife Melania.
Fox News host Howard Kurtz discussed the phenomenon that is Mrs. Trump on his show “Media Buzz” Sunday, saying the media needs to “tamp down the heavy breathing” because they are acting “like a bunch of overheated adolescents.”
One of the worst offenders, according to Kurtz, is the New York Times, which retweeted a picture of Melania in a skimpy bikini bottom with the caption “perfect beach day,” and said her Twitter page “allowed a rare window into her honeyed but seemingly isolated life in the form of regular Twitter posts featuring selfies of her beauty rituals, private jet rides and bikini body.”
The Washington Post is another outlet that seems enamored with the 5-foot-11-inch former model, who could become one of the rare, foreign-born first ladies in U.S. history, as it ran a piece Wednesday about a naked photo shoot she did for British GQ in 2000.
“The icy, blue-green eyes. Plump, pouty lips. Lying seductively on a fluffy fur on Trump’s private jet. Wearing a sparkly necklace and not a stitch of clothing,” the Post wrote.
“Come on can we just grow up here? I get it, its sexy, its fun, it probably produces more page views than writing about what a good mother she is, what a good entrepreneur she is,” Kurtz said, adding that the media should tone it back somewhat.
Melania may be more fun to cover than “dutifully dull spouses who watch every word,” said Kurtz, but he thinks the media need to avoid entering “tabloid territory” with their coverage.
And it isn’t just the mainstream media. Social media seems equally obsessed with the potential next first lady.
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