It’s really fun to learn new information.
It’s great when we find out something about the world around us that is important and interesting. Journalism should be about discovering and presenting useful data and stories so that people can live their lives informed.
Therefore, it is my duty right now to declare something that many journalists apparently had no idea about as of this morning: Melania Trump owns more than one pair of shoes.
It’s true. Fact-based, empirical data from Tuesday proves that Melania Trump owns at least two pairs of shoes.Twitter/@KimKIsMyMom
Furthermore, the first lady and former supermodel is also capable of changing from one pair of shoes, in one location, to another pair of shoes in a different location. This phenomenon is known as “changing” one’s shoes.
This revelation was shocking to some commenters online, who loudly declared this morning that Melania Trump was wearing high heels in a flood zone.
These assumptions were proven false today personally by the first lady, who was seen early Tuesday morning wearing a pair of stilettos while leaving the White House, only to emerge many hours later in Texas wearing an altogether different pair of shoes.
Now, since Melania was in a flood zone, she was wearing a pair of white athletic sneakers. Many in the chattering class openly and proudly propagated the idea that Melania Trump was wearing stilettos in a flood zone.
No, Melania Trump wore stilettos leaving the White House.Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images
She wore sneakers in a flood zone.Screenshot/CBS News
However, you’re not likely to see corrections to these comments and hundreds of thousands of others that were made, declaring that Melania Trump wore stilettos in a flood zone.
Look at this headline from Vogue: (It has since been changed)Screenshot/Twitter
Here is a tweet from Politico, since deleted:
This tweet, which is literal fake news, got 25,000 retweets:
Stiletto. Pumps. In. The. Flood. https://t.co/sLISWRajEC
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) August 29, 2017
Here are many, many others:
— UPROXX (@UPROXX) August 29, 2017
(Melania wobbles into shelter in 6-inch heels)
"I here help. I bring you perfumes and chocolates." https://t.co/t8G4MP8zei
— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) August 29, 2017
And here we have Melania Trump modeling what NOT to wear to a hurricane: 5-inch stilettos.
How out of touch can you be? pic.twitter.com/tZR8o3dYxY
— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly ? (@AynRandPaulRyan) August 29, 2017
Even if FLOTUS changes shoes once there, which I'm assuming she will, wearing these stilettos in this moment sends one hell of a message. https://t.co/sEpwCU3dk4
— Elizabeth Holmes (@EHolmes) August 29, 2017
Those stilettos should help her stay above the flood line https://t.co/dQ89fK18N5
— ryan teague beckwith (@ryanbeckwith) August 29, 2017
God grant me the serenity not to comment on the shoes.
— Ben White (@morningmoneyben) August 29, 2017
I cannot breathe at Melania changing her shirt to go with her shoes. I LIVE. pic.twitter.com/vRPtjtCJEo
— Lizzy Grant (@KimKIsMyMom) August 29, 2017
While I fully look forward to the corrections and retractions from everyone who propagated the idea that Melania Trump wore stilettos in a flood zone, we won’t hold our breath.
And that is what we learned today!