How coverage of Trump’s policy for transgender people in the military compared to other big stories…

Whether performance of coverage was good or not good enough depends on if you were a subject of one of the many big stories coming out of Washington that week, too.

Everyone saw the response across the media to the announcement that transgender military personnel would no longer be permitted to serve. It was a robust response on both the left and right sides of the political spectrum. It was particularly strong given the other activity surrounding the White House that week. #


The Washington Post, New York Times, Fox News and CNN topped the list in terms of reader response. They all published stories covering the announcement that earned well over half a million engagements on Facebook each. The Washington Post had two stories over 500,000 — the coverage of the announcement and then a follow up piece titled, “The military spends five times as much on Viagra as it would on transgender troops’ medical care”. #

Source: Facebook
Whether or not those are coincidental strings of events it’s worth noting that the New Yorker interview with Anthony Scaramucci that ultimately led to his resignation was published on the 27th. The transgender policy was announced the day before that interview was published. Of course we all heard about it, because the Scaramucci story flew across the Internet earning 870,000 Facebook engagements for The New Yorker and big numbers for all the publishers who covered the interview, too. #