This is a “golden age of journalism” wrote New York Times reporter Sopan Deb on Wednesday. And to prove his point the next day the media created a scandal out of a report that President Donald Trump was served two scoops of ice cream with his pie while having dinner with Time magazine reporters, while the reporters were served only one scoop.
A golden age of journalism. Golden age.
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) May 11, 2017
The waiters know well Trump’s personal preferences. As he settles down, they bring him a Diet Coke, while the rest of us are served water, with the Vice President sitting at one end of the table. With the salad course, Trump is served what appears to be Thousand Island dressing instead of the creamy vinaigrette for his guests. When the chicken arrives, he is the only one given an extra dish of sauce. At the dessert course, he gets two scoops of vanilla ice cream with his chocolate cream pie, instead of the single scoop for everyone else. The tastes of Pence are also tended to. Instead of the pie, he gets a fruit plate.”
The Time report does not state if anyone asked for and was refused a second scoop–which would be highly unlikely. When ice cream is served with pie, one scoop is generally served. But as the article states, Trump’s preferences are known by the White House kitchen staff.
This became a scandal. Really. CNN’s Jeanne Moos did a two minute video report on Trump getting two scoops of ice cream. The online version written by Dan Merica was headlined, Trump gets 2 scoops of ice cream, everyone else gets 1 — and other top lines from his Time interview, and has the insulting lede, “President Donald Trump is living every child’s dream: More ice cream.”
CNN’s broadcast report:
President Trump’s son, Donald, Jr., posted his disgust with CNN’s report, writing, “How ridiculous is this headline from The Clinton News Network??? Is this really a network dedicated to journalism anymore? #icecream ???”
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 12, 2017
Other media outlets piled on Trump:
Yahoo News picked up a Mashable article headlined, “Donald Trump is a big boy president who gets more ice cream than everyone else“.
New York Magazine’s article was headlined, “Donald Trump Continues to Eat Like a Middle Schooler Whose Parents Are Working Late”
Australia’s News.com: “Disbelief over Donald Trump’s two scoops of ice cream“.
Buzzfeed: “Trump Gets Two Scoops Of Ice Cream Because He Is The President!” (Note: The Buzzfeed URL insults Trump by calling him “Donny”: “donny-two-scoops”.
“A golden age of journalism. Golden age”