Obama: Major Media Ignores One Line in Speech
By Dan Gainor Published September 26, 2012
President Obama spoke to the UN Tuesday, but what he had to say depended on the media outlet reporting it. It was about “optics” according to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow; “free speech” said CBS’s Nancy Cordes and Iran, explained NBC’s Chuck Todd.
Not that they’re wrong. It was a 4,000-word speech. Obama covered a lot of ground. But the ground the major media covered conveniently left out what was the most provocative line of the entire speech.
The president told the UN that the “future must not belong” to a series of people including “corrupt” leaders and those who “bully women.” But one line from that list stood out. “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”
If you wanted a clear indication that few news outlets are even aware conservatives exist, this was it. Conservative sites descended on the comment like a flock of, well, journalists. Red State, Hot Air, Twitchy, Breitbart and National Review all felt it noteworthy to cover. Even the hypey site Mediaite wrote about it and called it “Obama’s tragic pander.”
Ben Shapiro of Breitbart said Obama’s comments were “precisely the opposite of what the Founders would have intended.” “Those who ‘slander the prophet of Islam’ are people exercising their right to free speech,” he continued. Red State’s Erick Erickson explained that orthodox Christians don’t believe Muhammad is a prophet. “Actual Christians, as opposed to many of the supposed Christians put up by the mainstream media, believe that Christ is the only way to salvation. Believing that is slandering Muhammad.”
Over at Hot Air, Erika Johnsen reminded readers that the Mideast unrest is not about the video. “[I]f we believe that all people have a right to express their views, even ones with which we disagree, why are we still talking about this dumb video?” she asked. The website Twitchy reminded readers that Obama himself had told “The View” to “the best way to marginalize” the video was to “ignore” it. “Yet he mentioned it a half a dozen times during his UN address,” Twitchy said.