When you agree to be First Lady of the United States, you also agree to become a public commodity, understanding that your entire existence will be largely interpreted through the media lens for the next four to eight years of your life.
It is well known that our current FLOTUS, Melania Trump, has been criticized for everything from whom she married, to the style of her hair and even her Eastern European accent (looking at you, tolerant left). She has not only been a hot target of bullying from the public, but from the media as well. One form, although covert, has her at the center of an intrusive media campaign attempting to interpret her actions, and even her thoughts, by way of articles and hashtags with suggestions concerning her state of mind in a way that nearly always leans toward the negative.
The MSM intrusiveness is nasty, but it’s not new. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, back when she was Jackie Kennedy, lived under the microscope of a polarizing media environment, wisely countering it with a carefully-crafted image of her family while subsequently protecting her private life. Although most of the media bullying came after her tenure as First Lady, she, like Melania, chose to combat public perception by way of privacy.
For all of the fawning the media has done over the former Mrs. Kennedy, they seem to be fine with the fact that she waged her own silent war against an intrusive media force. Although both her and the current FLOTUS act similarly toward the media, it is obvious that Mrs. Trump is held to a much different standard. While glossy magazines praise Jackie Kennedy as a shrewd woman who successfully thwarted the media, Melania Trump’s desire for privacy is presented as a characteristic of an unhappy, bitter and helpless victim of the Trump administration.
Perhaps Melania, like Jackie, understands that the best way to protect yourself (and your family) from a ravenous media is to simply smile and wave.