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Editorial: Copycat dessert, the press is doing its job and presidential children are off-limits

The Trump administration found at least one thing from its predecessor worth copying.
The New York Times recently reported on what turned into a cake controversy when pastry chef and TV personality Duff Goldman noticed that the cake he created four years ago for Barack Obama’s second inauguration was replicated at one of President Trump’s three official inaugural balls, A Salute to Our Armed Services.

The Washington bakery that made the latest cake explained the similarity: Inaugural organizers had brought in a photo of the nine-layer cake served at the Obama inaugural and asked for a copy.
Duff took the copycat cake as a compliment, so let everyone enjoy a bipartisan slice of cake.

So Steve Bannon thinks the media are the opposition, does he? He must have been reading his Constitution.

That’s what President Trump’s chief strategist called the American press in an interview Thursday, but what he’s complaining about – and what all presidents despise, in one way or another – is that someone is out there monitoring them, holding them accountable, telling the public when the emperor has no clothes.

Not for nothing is the press called the Fourth Estate and not for nothing did the Founding Fathers enshrine protection of the press in the Bill of Rights. Without a free press – not perfect, but with a professional commitment to accuracy and truth – presidents would be free, for example, to try to undermine the electoral system by flatly lying about millions of illegal votes.

The press, if it does its job, won’t be intimidated by the White House. And, in that sense, the press truly is the opposition, just as it was for Bill Clinton (Whitewater, Monica Lewinsky), Ronald Reagan (Iran-Contra) and virtually every other president. That’s the job and the obligation.

It’s also the job of the media, sad to say, to stick up for presidents’ children when people cruelly taunt them. It happened to Chelsea Clinton when radio babbler Rush Limbaugh ridiculed her preteen appearance and, now, it’s happened to Barron Trump, the current president’s 10-year-old boy.

A “Saturday Night Live” writer tweeted something that dragged the child into the drowning pool of American politics, where he does not belong. It was mean on its face and richly deserving of the backlash, which included an indefinite suspension from SNL.

What is heartening, though, is that among the many people coming to young Barron’s defense was none other than Chelsea Clinton, now 36. She ignored politics and did what was right. Politicians should take the example.

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