On CNN, journalist Jake Tapper critiqued online publication Slate for a "ridiculous and false" headline for an article about a presentation Donald Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, gave at an event organized by POLITICO, entitled "Women Rule." Tapper said that his sources contend that Slate had taken Conway's remarks considerably out of context.
The article at Slate was published on December 7. It was entitled, "Kellyanne Conway Suggests That Women With Kids Shouldn’t Take Jobs in the White House.”
On Twitter, Slate posted a tweet that compounded the effect of the article. The tweet stated, "Kellyanne Conway told Politico that mothers should not take White House jobs."
Tapper issued a tweet of his own, citing two unnamed women who were in the room when Conway spoke. "2 women I know who attended this event say this headline/piece are ridiculous and false and say it totally twists what Conway said," was Tapper's post on Twitter.
The quote from POLITICO about Conway that Slate utilized was as follows:
"During her earlier conversation, Conway said she intends to remain connected to Trump once he takes office but implied that it would be nearly impossible for her to take on an official White House role and be a mother to her four children, all of which are younger than 12, at the same time
“'I do politely mention to them the question isn’t would you take the job, the male sitting across from me who’s going to take a big job in the White House. The question is would you want your wife to,' Conway said, describing conversations she’s had with male colleagues. 'Would you want the mother of your children to? You really see their entire visage change. It’s like, oh, no, they wouldn’t want their wife to take that job.'”
The quote does not appear to show that Conway was implying that women who have children should not ever play a role in the White House, as Slate’s headline suggests. 
Along the same lines, Huffington Post published an article about Conway's appearance at the event. It was entitled, "Kellyanne Conway Slips Up, Implies Trump White House Will Be Terrible Place For Women: There’s a sad subtext to her comments about why she won’t officially join the administration."
Another speaker at POLITICO's "Women Rule" event was President Obama's senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett. During an interview at the event, after saying that Donald Trump's election felt like a "punch in the stomach," said that she spoke to Conway in the green room before speaking. She said that she urged Conway to accept a position in the Trump administration. Jarrett, a divorcee, is a lawyer, like Conway, but has no minor children.



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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