There goes CNN’s ‘calendar’: First lady shows up at WH event, foils theory that she was missing

There goes CNN’s ‘calendar’: First lady shows up at WH event, foils theory that she was missing
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I call no-fairs! CNN’s Brian Stelter stayed up late with his crayons making that nifty calendar that appeared on-screen during his network’s ongoing coverage of Melania Trump’s mysterious disappearance after undergoing kidney surgery.

On this past Sunday’s edition of “Reliable Sources,” Stelter hosted a panel discussion on the subject, which he tried to frame as an examination of how other media outlets where covering the conspiracy theories that had begun swirling around the missing first lady, among them that the president had done away with her. But in the end, CNN was right down there in the mud with every other mainstream outlet, not just speculating on Mrs. Trump’s vanishing act but almost hoping that some evil had befallen her.

See for yourself.

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Yesterday, the least trustworthy name in news continued to milk the “where’s Melania?” story, this time under the guise of simply reporting her plans. The article by reporter Kate Bennett begins factually enough:

First lady Melania Trump is expected to attend a White House event on Monday evening to honor Gold Star families, her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, confirms to CNN.

But then four paragraphs later, we get this:

Much speculation has surrounded the lengthy, 24-day lack of first lady sightings, spawning conspiracy theories ranging from plastic surgery to a stealth move back to New York City, all of which Grisham has denied.

The first lady herself weighed in on the rumors, tweeting Wednesday, “I see the media is working overtime speculating where I am & what I’m doing. Rest assured, I’m here at the @WhiteHouse w my family, feeling great, & working hard on behalf of children & the American people!”

The article emphasizes that the reception is closed to the press, but Bennett seems to have overlooked the fact that some in attendance might have cell phones. One who was recorded the following video:

So is this sufficient to put rumors to rest? Surely you jest. As CNN will affirm shortly, that’s a body double.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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