Melania Talks Cyberbullying, Gets Expected Reaction

Media coverage draws line to President Trump's tweets
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 20, 2018 12:42 PM CDT
Melania's Cyberbullying Remarks Get Obvious Reaction
First lady Melania Trump speaks as she attends the 6th Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention (FPBP) Summit at Health and Human Service in Rockville, Md., Monday, Aug. 20, 2018.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Melania Trump encouraged technology and social media companies Monday to provide more opportunities for young people to share ideas for how to be good citizens online. Pressing forward with an effort to combat youth cyberbullying, the first lady said that while most children are more aware than some adults of the "benefits and pitfalls" of social media, adults must still do "all we can" to provide them with information and tools for safe online habits. With her brief remarks, Trump helped open a federal conference on cyberbullying in Maryland. Neither she nor any of those who spoke during morning sessions mentioned President Trump and his aggressive use of Twitter to berate his foes and call them names, reports the AP. Much of the media did, however. A sampling:

  • CNN: "First lady Melania Trump spoke out against cyberbullying Monday ... once again highlighting a messaging rift between the East Wing and the West Wing."
  • Washington Post: "As her husband continued to rip into his adversaries on Twitter, first lady Melania Trump on Monday warned that social media can be used in a 'destructive and harmful' manner."
  • New York Times: "Melania Trump Called for Good Behavior on Social Media. The President Unleashed More Attacks on Twitter"
  • HuffPost: "Melania Trump Speaks At Anti-Cyberbullying Summit While Donald Trump Cyberbullies"
The Hill reports Trump's communications director, Stephanie Grisham, addressed such remarks head-on Monday. "She is aware of the criticism but it will not deter her from doing what she feels is right. The President is proud of her commitment to children and encourages her in all that she does." (Read more Melania Trump stories.)

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