Although President Donald Trump’s approval rating has repeatedly fluctuated throughout his first year in office, the public approval of First Lady Melania Trump only seems to be going up.
A recent Gallup poll showed Melania’s approval has risen 17 percent over the course of the year; so, when negative stories are published about her, supporters come out in force to refute them.
This is exactly what happened when Newsweek pushed a piece about her removing a near 200-year-old tree from the White House grounds.
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) December 26, 2017
Per Fox News:
Newsweek published a misleading headline on Tuesday that claimed First Lady Melania Trump demanded a historic Jackson magnolia tree be removed from the White House grounds, but it failed to mention that experts recommended the tree’s removal because it could fall down at any moment.
“Melania Trump orders removal of the near-200-year-old tree from the White House,” Newsweek tweeted from its verified Twitter account. The same text is used as the headline for the story, which is essentially fake news and paints Melania Trump as a tree-hating villain.
The truth? While Melania ordered the tree be removed, she did so “after specialists determined that it needed to be removed.”
Some people quickly took issue with the misleading headline:
Newsweek headline total lie & flagrant anti-Trump bias. Headline – "MELANIA TRUMP ORDERS REMOVAL OF NEAR-200-YEAR-OLD TREE FROM WHITE HOUSE" Story – "The tree was about to fall, and experts recommended its removal" #TreeGate https://t.co/bGdPGeiZwp
— Gabe Hoffman (@GabeHoff) December 26, 2017
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@Scavino45) December 26, 2017
— Fox News Politics (@foxnewspolitics) December 27, 2017
Huffington Post reporter Yashar Ali tweeted, “Another BS Newsweek tweet. Your story reflects the truth, that this decision was made after consulting with experts. With 280 characters there’s no excuse for this….”
Another BS Newsweek tweet. Your story reflects the truth, that this decision was made after consulting with experts. With 280 characters there’s no excuse for this…. https://t.co/F60Dhf64yj
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) December 26, 2017
NBC News reporter Tom Winter added, “Another Newsweek headline doing nothing for the credibility of the news industry as a whole. This headline is grossly misleading…”
Another Newsweek headline doing nothing for the credibility of the news industry as a whole. This headline is grossly misleading… https://t.co/73m7vWaj8Y
— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) December 26, 2017
Not a Trump supporter by any stretch, but this is misleading. Please don’t feed their “fake news” frenzy.
— Dana Sandman (@dmsandman) December 26, 2017
Newsweek loves to make every story an Anti Trump Story … misleading headlines daily!
— Nils (@fallenangelnyc) December 27, 2017
Negative spin …. then the rest of the artical explains how they have done everything to save it. Editors partisan priviledge
— Dave Smith (@davekrakatoa) December 26, 2017
Oh, she does not. Tree is to be trimmed back due to age & limb weakness. Stop lying. If you can.
— J.E. Dyer (@OptimisticCon) December 27, 2017
First it was a bogus headline on Ivanka's India speech, now this. Just stop… you're making life more difficult for the real journalists.
— Bryan Luhn (@bryluhn) December 27, 2017
Come on. Misleading headline to the extreme. Now all the tree huggers are going to be pissed.
— James (@Rocdenindy) December 26, 2017
The article has since been updated to accurately reflect that she requested the move under the advice of tree specialists:
CNN obtained documents from specialists at the United States National Arboretum, which determined the magnolia tree must be removed. The tree is “completely dependent on artificial support,” the document read.
The document said, “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 Melania piece came just days after the same media outlet published a piece which read, “How Trump and the Nazis Stole Christmas to Promote White Nationalism.”
Per Fox News Insider:
A Newsweek article published on Christmas Eve claims that President Trump uses the phrase “Merry Christmas” as a dog whistle for white nationalism.
Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.
In the piece, “How Trump and the Nazis Stole Christmas to Promote White Nationalism,” the author and several academics link Trump’s repeated Christmas wishes to a desire to exclude other religions and foment a culture war.