The mainstream media in the United States is not always known for reporting news we need. Usually, what is in the “news” is what will get an audience and frequently that is gossip, innuendo, half truths, and politics as usual.
In the last few years in the United States, an honest to goodness epidemic has been brewing and the mainstream media has been negligent in their approach to informing the public about it. It is the prevailance of opioids available on the streets of this nation and the devastation their presence and consumption is having on the people.
This void was pointed out by First Lady Melania Trump during her final appearance of her “Be Best” tour in Las Vegas.
First lady Melania Trump on Tuesday chided the media for its focus on “trivial stories,” urging reporters to dedicate the same amount of coverage to the country’s opioid epidemic.
Trump spoke at a town hall event in Las Vegas in the final stop on a three-state tour for her “Be Best” campaign to raise awareness around the opioid crisis and other issues affecting children. In her initial remarks, the first lady lamented that 72,000 Americans died in 2017 from overdoses.
“I challenge the press to devote as much time to the lives lost and the potential lives that could be saved by dedicating the same amount of coverage that you do to idle gossip or trivial stories,” Trump said.
“When we see breaking news on TV or the front pages of newspapers, it is my hope that it can be about how many lives we were able to save through education and honest dialogue,” she added.
The challenge may not be heeded as the mainstream media tends to portray the First Lady as more arm candy than anything else. However, Mrs. Trump sat down with Eric Bolling who lost a son to the opioid crisis to talk further about the information that would be most helpful in stemming the tide of the epidemic.
“I wish the media would talk about more and educate more children, also adults, parents, about the opioid crisis that we have in the United States,” she said. “They do it already, but I think not enough.”