The media is at it again with another case of sensationalist activism.
Outlets blasted out exclamatory headlines on Saturday after British journalist Piers Morgan shared excerpts of his interview with President Trump in Davos, Switzerland–in which the president told the “Good Morning Britain” presenter he does not consider himself a feminist.
“Do you identify as a feminist?” Morgan asked President Trump, as recorded in an interview selection the television personality provided to the Daily Mail.
“No, I wouldn’t say I’m a feminist,” the president replied. “I mean, I think that would be, maybe, going too far.”
Numerous publications ran with President Trump’s “I wouldn’t say I’m a feminist” comment in their headlines.
The Hill wrote:
Business Insider joined in the outrage with an identical headline.
As did Mediaite.
Many of the president’s detractors used the opportunity to criticize him.
A feminist is a person who believes women should have rights and opportunities equal to men. That’s it, folks. Pretty clear.
Donald Trump just told us he doesn’t believe women should have rights and opportunities equal to men.
— Lauren (@sequinpants) January 27, 2018
Such posts gave little attention to the President Trump’s full statement, in which he explained he’s “for everyone.”
President Trump has declared he is NOT a feminist.
He tells me: ‘No, I wouldn't say I'm a feminist. I mean, I think that would be, maybe, going too far. I'm for women, I'm for men, I’m for everyone.'
Full interview, Sunday, ITV, 10pm. pic.twitter.com/GCviovNb6o
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 27, 2018
“I’m for women, I’m for men, I’m for everyone,” the president said.
The conservative-leaning Washington Examiner was one of the few publications whose headline told the complete story.
President Trump asserted he has “tremendous respect for women” and touted the economic opportunities women enjoy under his administration.
“Women have the best unemployment numbers that they’ve had in 17 years
“And they’re doing tremendously in business, they’re doing tremendously in so many ways. And people are starting to see that.”
A number of observers mocked Morgan for describing the president’s “feminist” remark as “breaking news.”
Wow, breaking news. Thanks for really breaking this story wide-open. You are an incredible journalist. haha, damn
— Steve 949 (@steve_949) January 27, 2018
— Rodney Marsh (@RodneyMarsh10) January 27, 2018
Wow. That’s quite the scoop.
— Jon (@jon_forsyth) January 27, 2018
If this is your idea of breaking news you must be utterly amazed that the sun rises in the east every morning.
— iResist (@ThomboyD) January 27, 2018
this is the opposite of breaking news
— Chris Jackson (@ChrisCJackson) January 27, 2018
Someone doesn’t know the concept of “breaking news.” ??
— Kryzzle (@jayzhelle) January 28, 2018
Morgan’s full conversation with President Trump airs Sunday. Let’s hope the complete interview has more substance to it.