The article tries to demonize ancient practices and basic principles of meditation as deranged and maniacal all because Ivanka Trump does it.
TM is a technique that was introduced to the United States in the 1950’s and has turned into a world-wide movement. It’s being called one of the most effective techniques to help people sleep, settle the mind, relieve stress, anxiety, and depression.
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) October 14, 2018
The Beast report delves into the apparently less-seemly aspects of the TM movement with a headline that reads: “Ivanka Trump’s Gurus Say Their Techniques Can End War and Make You Fly”. What does the daughter of the US president or her husband Jared have to do with the article? Not much, it seems. Ivanka wrote in a book how the technique helps her be more productive. Jared was introduced to it by Bob Roth, a leading promoter of TM – as were many other US celebrities.
The website’s apparent attempt to boost the audience of the report by puffing it up for readers interested in learning bad things about the Trump family didn’t go unnoticed.
As much as I dislike Ivanka and Jared, it's a bit of a stretch to connect them to the crazier stuff in your report. If they just believe in the meditative aspects of TM, it seems more like another spiritual celebrity fad. A little kooky maybe, but not necessarily harmful.
— Brennan Leffler (@brennanleffler) October 14, 2018
I don't get framing TM/David Lynch Foundation as "Ivanka Trump's gurus" in headline when she barely factors into the story. (BTW: For nuanced look at TM, incl yogic flying, I'd recommend "Greetings from Utopia Park" https://t.co/G0CdYrhNLR) https://t.co/zCS5FVfqLZ
— Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) October 15, 2018
Glenn Greenwald sums the Beast’s article up perfectly.
This article – which tries to demonize ancient practices and basic principles of meditation as deranged and maniacal all because Ivanka Trump does it – is far more deranged than the practices and beliefs it attempts to malign.
This article – which tries to demonize ancient practices and basic principles of meditation as deranged and maniacal all because Ivanka Trump does it – is far more deranged than the practices and beliefs it attempts to malign: https://t.co/HmjHOCCO77
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) October 14, 2018
@JustinRohrlich Re:Mind Games. You bet – using Ivanka and Jared's names to get people to read an article about TM that had little to do with them. [And, I don't like them at all.]. Clickbait at it's best.
— Donna Cohen (@donnalc) October 15, 2018