The wife of a leading Presidential candidate implies she doesn't think much of
All three major television networks have failed to cover the February 18 comments by Michelle Obama, wife of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, at a speech in
In contrast, all three networks covered charges by Hillary Clinton's campaign that Barack Obama committed plagiarism in a speech he gave over the weekend. The speech used the phrase “just words” in juxtaposition with iconic lines from sources like the Declaration of Independence and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Those same words were used in a speech delivered by Deval Patrick, a Democrat then running for governor of
Each network spent significant story minutes covering the latest war of words between Clinton and Obama in what fundamentally is a non-story. All three networks covered Obama's acknowledgement that he should have attributed the source of his speech while noting that he and Patrick exchange speech ideas frequently. All three networks included Obama's counter charge that
No network anchor, producer or reporter thought it was significant that a 44-year-old woman who could become the First Lady of the United States hasn't been “really proud” of her country in her adult life before now.
Michelle Obama's adult life began in approximately 1981. The fall of the Berlin Wall and the defeat of communism took place in 1989. The end of the Cold War and the breakup of the Soviet Union followed, due largely to
In her undergraduate courses at Princeton, Michelle Obama must have read about
The blogosphere and conservative talk show hosts have been all over Obama's remarks today. By now, the networks must have heard about it. One wonders whether the broadcast networks will cover the storm tonight.
And if they do, will they look over other Michelle Obama speeches in which she declares
One of the hallmarks of character is standing behind what you say. If we take the Obamas at their word – that words and ideas matter – then it matters that a woman who hopes to be First Lady apparently believes and publicly states she has never been “really proud” of this country until now. Will the news media ask the follow up question – “Are you serious?”