Photo: Malia in Mexico: White House Causes Stir Asking Media to Remove First Daughter Spring Break Stories
Media reports on President Obama’s daughter Malia Ann vacationing in Mexico for Spring Break on a school trip were quickly removed Monday and Tuesday, leaving readers wondering, “What happened?”
Not long after reports of Malia, 13, vacationing in Oaxaca, Mexico were published, they were taken down and few knew, though many questioned, why.
The 13-year-old daughter of the President and 12 of her classmates were reportedly being escorted by 25 Secret Service agents while they toured the various tourist sites like the architectural zone of Mitla and the tree of El Tule, which is believed to be more than a thousand years old.
The First Daughter was also still in Mexico when the massive 7.9 earthquake shook the area Tuesday, but while the story of her in Mexico may not have piqued the interest of many, the quick removal of all stories regarding it did.
As readers scrambled to figure out why all links and reports on the story of Malia in Mexico were gone or directing, Kristina Schake, Communications Director to the First Lad sent an email informing Politico that the removal of the stories was indeed the work of the White House:
From the beginning of the administration, the White House has asked news outlets not to report on or photograph the Obama children when they are not with their parents and there is no vital news interest. We have reminded outlets of this request in order to protect the privacy and security of these girls.
So what do you think? Should the White House should be allowed to ask for the removal of stories regarding the President’s children when it does not also involve the President and First Lady?