ME­DIA BIAS AGAINST ME­LA­NIA: THE NUMBERS

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Is there me­dia bias against the first lady of the United States? James Woods — a vet­eran ac­tor who is no stranger to the work­ings of Hol­ly­wood, me­dia, pol­i­tics and pub­lic­ity — summed it all up in 21 words.

“If the Trumps were Democrats, Me­la­nia would be on ev­ery cover of ev­ery chic women’s magazine in the world ev­ery month,” Mr. Woods wrote in a re­cent tweet which was sub­se­quently retweeted over 20,000 times by those who agree with him.

It is ironic, since Mrs. Trump is a mother, busi­ness­woman and for­mer high fash­ion model who has been noth­ing but poised and gra­cious on the global stage in the past 15 months. The White House it­self can­didly lists the first lady’s pre­vi­ous cred­its, not­ing: “She has graced the cov­ers of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Bri­tish GQ, Ocean Drive, Av­enue, In Style, and New York Magazine. Her ma­jor lay­outs in­clude the Sports Il­lus­trated Swim­suit Is­sue, Al­lure, Vogue, Self, Glam­our, Van­ity Fair, and Elle.”

Me­dia skit­tish­ness these days has per­plexed more than one jour­nal­ist.

NBC News me­dia an­a­lyst Claire Atkin­son in­ves­ti­gated the trend in Fe­bru­ary not­ing that there was “a clear re­luc­tance among edi­tors to put them­selves in the cross-hairs of the cul­ture wars” by fea­tur­ing the wife of Pres­i­dent Trump — de­spite her stature as a ver­sa­tile and en­gaged pub­lic fig­ure who speaks five lan­guages and has con­sis­tently higher fa­vor­a­bil­ity rat­ings than any­one in the White House.

“There’s also a sense that edi­tors could be tak­ing a po­lit­i­cal stand,” the NBC anal­y­sis said, quot­ing one editor who claimed it was a “moral is­sue.”

Now there are some numbers. New York Post me­dia an­a­lyst Alexan­dra Steigrad has parsed cov­er­age of the first lady since Mr.

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First lady Me­la­nia Trump, in her of­fi­cial White House por­trait. Some jour­nal­ists have no­ticed that the pop­u­lar press is now over­look­ing Mrs. Trump.

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