Accuracy in Media

The media’s outcry and outrage over Ivanka Trump continued, this time, over her invitation to speak at the annual Consumer Electronics Show.

Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, spoke at the annual technology conference on the future of work in the United States despite criticism in and out of the media.

Much of the media’s coverage of Ivanka Trump’s speech at CES focused on quotes from critics, such as investor Elisabeth Fullerton and anti-Trump video game developer Brianna Wu. Fullerton posted a statement on Facebook critical of Ivanka Trump, “We did hard times in university, engineering, math, and applied sciences…This is what extreme privilege and entitlement get you. It’s not what you know it’s who you know I guess.”

Wu, whose anti-Trump sentiments are well-documented, is also running for Congress in Massachusetts. She said, “Ivanka is not a woman in tech” and her invitation appeared to be “a lazy attempt to emulate diversity.”

The media did not point out that Ivanka Trump could represent diversity, as she is not only a woman but one who has succeeded in the private sector.

Newsweek published quotes from Fullerton and Wu, without pointing out that Ivanka Trump could represent diversity as a successful and accomplished female leader. The Hill echoed similar sentiments and also lacked to mention how Ivanka’s inclusion at CES could represent diversity. USA Today included criticism of Ivanka Trump’s CES speech, which again lacked context on diversity.

The media should have been more specific about why Ivanka Trump allegedly did not meet activist demands of diversity. Diversity includes gender, profession, race or ethnicity, but none of the critics could point out why Ivanka Trump did not fulfill at least one of those definitions. It was hypocritical for the media to quote critics who blasted Ivanka Trump for lacking diversity, without providing reasons why she was not representative of diversity.

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