Donald Trump is being assailed in the media for defaming notes he made about Alicia Machado, the Venezuelan winner of the 1996 Miss Universe competition.

Machado claims that Trump, who moved the Miss Universe pageant, announced her Miss Piggy after she gained load. Trump himself said previously this week that Machado gained a massive quantity of load and it was a real problem.

So tells take a look back to the late 1990 s, when the Miss Universe organization set Machado on a strict nutrition and rehearsal regime, and media outlets flocked to cinema her working out in a New York City gym. In fact, the medias coverage of the sight was every bit as fat-shaming as Trumps remarks.

CNN, for example, would be aggressively castigated today for what the report system wrote about Machado in 1997.

When Alicia Machado of Venezuela was named Miss Universe nine months away , no one could accuse her of being the dimensions of the the universe, wrote famous CNN correspondent Jeanne Moos. But as her universe expanded, so did she, putting on nearly 60 pounds.

Some have noticed another interesting perspective of this story, which blew up after Hillary Clinton very deliberately mentioned Machado at the end of the presidential debate on Monday. As it turns out, sympathetic mainstream media stores had been working on profiles of Machado since last week, stimulating some to wonder if the press was coordinating all along with the Clinton campaign.

This story first appeared on Heat Street .

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