Over the past week, CNN has aired more than two dozen stories inviting speculation and gossip about the supposedly mysterious “disappearance” of First Lady Melania Trump, who has been recuperating from kidney surgery.
From May 30 to June 5, MRC analysts tallied 25 segments in which CNN’s on-air personnel talked about Mrs. Trump’s lack of public appearances, as if her well-being were somehow in doubt – despite the fact that, on May 30, CNBC Washington correspondent Eamon Javers tweeted that he had personally seen her walking in the West Wing the previous day.
On May 31, CNN International host John Vause speculated with political commentator John Thomas that a recent tweet from Mrs. Trump’s account had actually been written by the President. “There’s talk that maybe this isn’t exactly a Tweet from the First Lady, maybe it’s Donald Trump pretending to be the First Lady,” Vause remarked. Thomas agreed: “I would suspect that’s it.”