Yahoo scraping the bottom of the news barrel

Yahoo can't seem to find any news these days.  The outlet's reporters have nothing to say about the economy, low unemployment, and strong economic growth.  Instead, they are waiting breathlessly for the Paul Manafort trial verdict, even though the alleged crimes have nothing to do with President Trump.

Taking a break from the president, Yahoo is focusing on First Lady Melania Trump.  The reporters' breaking news of the day is whether her clothing is sending a subtle message to her husband: "Is Melania Trump trolling POTUS with her pυssγ-bow blouse and speech on 'destructive' social media behavior?"

I admit that I'm not well versed in the nuances of women's fashion, so I had to research what a pussy-bow is.  According to Wikipedia,

A pussycat bow is a style of neckwear often associated with women's and girls' blouses and bodices. It takes the form of a bow tied at the neck similar to those tied around the neck of kittens, cats, and the like.

This fashion style began in the 1800s, with the term "pussycat bow" popularized in 1934.  According to Vogue, "the flamboyantly-knotted bow draws attention upwards to the face."  Consider it a female version of a men's necktie, softening an otherwise more formal outfit.  It's been worn by Grace Kelly, Nancy Reagan, Lady Diana, Margaret Thatcher, and now Melania Trump.

Leave it to Yahoo to create a story where one doesn't exist, a news feat usually left to CNN.  Yahoo's reporters are convinced that the first lady wearing a pussy-bow is attempting to troll her husband, in reference to Trump's pussy-grabbing comment on the Billy Bush Access Hollywood tapes.

It couldn't be that Melania, a former fashion model, chose an appropriately fashionable ensemble for a public appearance promoting her cyber-bullying initiative.  No, that would be too simple and commonsensical.  There must be ulterior motives at play.  Of course, Vogue shares Yahoo's analysis.

This is not a new conspiracy for the left-wing media.  CBS News, in October 2016, was convinced that Mrs. Trump was trolling her husband, rather than simply dressing nicely for the evening's presidential debate.  Here is the headline: "Melania wears pussy-bow to second debate" followed by "So, imagine fashion connoisseurs' surprise when they noticed that Melania Trump walked into the debate hall wearing Gucci's fuchsia pussy-bow blouse."

Vanity Fair reached the same conclusion, admitting its far-fetched theory: "Melania Trump probably thought she was picking a vibrant outfit for the debate.  Unfortunately, she failed to see the irony in wearing a style of shirt with 'pussy' in the name."

I suspect that most of the debate-watchers also missed the irony that only a Trump Derangement Syndrome publication would catch.

It is not just U.S. newspapers suffering from this malady; the left-wing New Zealand Herald jumped in, too.  It has an obsession with President Trump and bashing him, similar to CNN and MSNBC.

The Herald cites the recent pussy-bow as well as when Melania wore it to one of the presidential debates.  The Herald also cites a tweet that Melania briefly liked, a white pantsuit she wore to the State of the Union address, a jacket she wore bearing the words "I really don't care. Do U?," and a solo Africa trip as evidence that Mrs. Trump is "[s]ecretly working to overthrow her husband through her not-so-subtle digs."

It's a good thing that the Trumps don't have a pet cat in the White House.  Cats are sometimes called pussycats.  Drop the "cat" portion, and what do you have left?  Suppose she wore a cat lapel pin or necklace?  The headlines could write themselves.

What if Melania wore a hat with a feather?  Would the feather be a reference to the Twitter logo, a bird, trolling her husband for his use of Twitter to bypass the silly media?  Are her hurricane relief efforts referencing a storm, as in Stormy Daniels?  Are any of Melania's initiatives directed toward children a dig at her husband enforcing immigration law separating children from parents?

In the world of Trump Derangement Syndrome, symbolism is everywhere, and everything has a sinister ulterior meaning.  Much like true psychosis, when people are hearing voices, Trump-haters have his and his wife's every word and move living rent-free in their heads.

So we are treated to Yahoo News, scraping the bottom of the barrel for a story, even one as nonsensical as the first lady's fashion choices somehow sending a political message to her husband.

Brian C Joondeph, M.D., MPS is a Denver-based physician and writer.  Follow him on Facebook,  LinkedIn, and Twitter.

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