Following the resignation of a GOP aide days after her critical remarks about Malia and Sasha Obama, CNN anchor Michaela Pereira equated the Facebook post by Elizabeth Lauten to “cyberbullying.”
Pereira made the comments about Lauten, the now-former communications director for Rep. Stephen Fincher, to CNN media critic Brian Stelter Monday morning.
“I think there’s something to be said, though, for the fact that this was a relatively obscure woman. This wasn’t John Boehner’s chief of staff or something,” said Stelter.
“That’s the thing here. Without getting into political relativism over who can say what and gets criticized for saying what, it’s not like John Boehner was saying this, it’s not like Mitch McConnell was saying this. It’s the communications director for a congressman most people, many people outside of Tennessee haven’t heard of,” CNN co-host John Berman said.
“We’re talking about this in a time where there is an active effort to counter cyberbullying and that’s essentially what this comes down to,” Pereira countered.
“These are two teenaged girls, this is a woman — I don’t know how old she is, but she’s a grown-up — who takes to Facebook, which is generally a medium of the younger generation, and is setting quite a terrible example by essentially just being mean,” Pereira continued.