News media do hatchet job on Melania Trump after reporting she ordered killing 200-year-old White House tree

When it comes to coverage of the Trump family, the media often doesn’t hesitate to ax the facts.

First Lady Melania Trump provoked uproar with her order to remove a large portion of the historical Jackson Magnolia tree, which has been on the White House grounds since President Andrew Jackson had it planted in 1828.

(Photo by Friedemann Vogel – Pool/Getty Images).

Documents obtained by CNN showed the tree was “greatly compromised.” Mrs. Trump approved the removal upon counsel from the United States National Arboretum, who said its eventual fall posed a major safety risk.

“The overall architecture and structure of the tree is greatly compromised and the tree is completely dependent on the artificial support,” a report read. “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.”

The famed Magnolia tree, at left. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik).

Backlash against the safety precaution occurred due to a slew of misleading headlines. A number of outlets reported on the tree’s removal without noting the reason–giving the impression the First Lady chose to destroy history on a whim.

Newsweek was one of the major publications to obscure background behind the Mrs. Trump’s decision:

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As was The Independent:

The Huffington Post:

And Raw Story:

Twitter users who noticed the omission of key details from the headlines accused the media of deliberately trying to mislead the public.

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