Usually off limits to news reporters, President Obama’s daughter Malia became news on Tuesday after an earthquake struck a region in Mexico where she’s visiting on a school trip, reports The New York Times’ Media Decoder.
Malia, who is visiting central and southern Mexico, "is safe and was never in danger," said a spokeswoman for the first lady, Michelle Obama, the story notes.
Usually no statement would be issued, since media outlets typically hold off on covering the activities of the president’s children. The story calls the practice "a longstanding, informal pact between the White House and the press corps that covers it."
The report adds: "In the statement on Tuesday, the spokeswoman for Mrs. Obama said, ‘We would reiterate our request that the media respect the privacy and security of the Obama children and not report on or photograph the girls when they are not with their parents.’”