Thursday, March 21, 2013
Aside from some tertiary coverage of this one heckler (who is soon-after drowned out by a sea of applause from gushing, wide-eyed, star-struck college students), there's been little-to-no mention by the mainstream media of the fact that Obama's approval rating in Israel sits at roughly 10%. Equally little is said of the fact that U.S. leadership is earning progressively lower approval marks worldwide with each passing year of the Obama presidency - to the point that the U.S. is less popular in the Middle East now than it ever was during any point of the Bush presidency.
Contrast this media malfeasance with the day after day after day obsession with George Bush's approval numbers - at home and abroad. And who can forget the shoe toss heard 'round the world?
No one can forget it. The mainstream media made sure of that by looping the video of the incident repeatedly... for days. To get an idea of the media's fascination with the original shoe throwing incident, a Google search of "Man throws shoe at Bush" produces more than 1.2 million results. Newsbusters reports that LexisNexis, similar search terms produced almost 1,000 reports in the days immediately following the event. CNN logged 34 reports, MSNBC and Fox News aired eight, followed by ABC and NPR with seven, and CBS and NBC with six.
It's hard to determine whether being outraged or numb to this despicable but nonetheless routine media bias is the more apropos response.
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