(NationalSentinel) Judging by the historic distrust of the Washington establishment media, you wouldn’t think journalists there could do anything to trash their reputation and get even fewer Americans to pay any attention to them.
But you’d be wrong.
During the Obama years, it was strictly taboo–career suicide, even–to go after the Obama daughters, Sasha and Malia, for any reason, and quite honestly, that’s how it should be. For most of our history, the press has taken a light touch with the children of our commanders-in-chief, as a matter of decorum.
But now that the Obamas are out of office and their children are out of the public eye, press creeps and journo-terrorists are setting their sights on the Trump children, including Barron Trump, the president’s 10-year-old son.
President Donald J. Trump’s inauguration brought to an end the Obama era, as well as the unwritten rule that the children of politicians are off-limits.
Ashley Csanady, a political reporter from Canada’s National Post, opened the festivities on Twitter less than three hours after Trump was sworn in, declaring that Trump’s 10-year-old son Barron suffered from a condition that many media outletshave speculated to be sexist.
She left the tweet up for a day before she deleted it and apologized–as if she really meant it. The Free Beacon noted further:
Targeting the family members of sitting presidents had been frowned upon since the 2009 Inauguration. The most famous breach of this protocol came in November 2014 when former First Children Malia and Sasha Obama, then 16 and 13, respectively, rolled their eyes during a White House Ceremony. The teenage antics garnered plenty of notice from the press, but the incident turned sinister when a low-level GOP aide criticized the pair on Facebook and urged them to “rise to the occasion” and “try showing a little class.”
The staffer was quickly rebuked by name as news outlets produced 461 news stories, analyses, and editorials between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. About a third of those posts said such language was “off-limits.” The staffer issued an apology two days after her criticism went viral and resigned on Dec. 1.
In fact, the president’s children were attacked even before he took office, but after he was elected. As the National Review noted in December:
Consider what Rosie O’Donnell recently said about Barron Trump, the youngest child of President-elect Donald Trump. The cantankerous comic, who joined and left The View not once but twice, sent an outrageous tweet about the ten-year-old boy:
“Barron Trump Autistic?” she tweeted. “If so—what an amazing opportunity to bring attention to the AUTISM epidemic.” O’Donnell’s tweet featured a link to a video analyzing the boy’s behavior. The clip speculated that the boy’s movements suggested he suffers from a form of autism.
Raising awareness for a condition by “outing” a child who doesn’t even necessarily have that condition is beyond the pale. Celebrities occasionally do raise awareness for important causes, but it’s done proactively by adults who understand the consequences. Take Michael J. Fox, for example, who has used his own experience of Parkinson’s disease as a platform to raise awareness about the condition and raise money for research for a cure.
Barron Trump is a child who didn’t sign up to be a role model.
This is only the beginning. The angry Left will abandon whatever decorum it has remaining to break every rule, spoken and unspoken, to trash, malign, undermine and delegitimize the president, and that will include nasty, spiteful remarks about his kids.