Martin Schram’s recent column that ran on the March 24 Opinion page halfway applauding Melania Trump for attacking cyberbullying was laughable. He explored the irony of a woman who was married to a man who was according to Schram a cyberbully himself.
What I find so laughable is the author’s shortsighted inability to see true bullying from his peers in the press. Did Mr. Schram condemn the actions of a reporter who physically bullied Sarah Palin by renting the house next door to the female politician to menace her and (unsuccessfully) try to dig up dirt on her? Or perhaps he was outraged as they consoled themselves with mocking Palin’s daughter, and made terrible comments about her mentally handicapped grandbaby.
If he failed to address the bullying of a helpless child, then I fail to accept the sincerity of the charge that Mr. Schram found the (I agree unacceptable behavior) actions of Trump mocking an adult reporter as “the most soulless thing I’ve ever seen a politician do.”
Wow! Does this man do this for a living? He needs to get out more if that is the most soulless thing he’s witnessed. There is a movie about the Hero of Chappaquiddick coming out that he needs to see featuring a whole pack of soulless jackals. Or perhaps bills calling for no medical attention for survivors of partial-birth abortion.
I can see why Melania is standing up to cyberbullying. Her son has been targeted by the press for his intelligence level. Melania has been the brunt of Democratic jokes about being foreign (but Trump is xenophobic and the press is not). Designers refuse to make her dresses merely because she married someone they don’t like. She has listened to personal attacks from the press about nearly everyone close to her.
I am sure Mr. Schram has been livid with this incessant personal bullying from the press that seems to like to put Republicans in one of three categories: dumb (Dan Quayle, George Bush Jr.), mean (Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole, Palin) or both (Trump).
While Donald Trump says and does inexcusable things, he’s the natural product of mainstream media bullying. First Americans turned off the press and made outlets like Fox News huge. And finally, they elected someone who is every bit as vicious as the press is.
Please, let’s not simply pretend Hollywood and the press are this civil, gentle crowd. They have bred this environment. Should it stop? Yes. Will it? Doubtful.
The end to cyberbullying and press bullying ends with personal and civil restraint. It’s been famously said that when America ceases to be good, she will cease to be great. Schram needs to take a long look in the mirror and his peers.