I was watching the joint news event between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and I noticed a quick camera shot of President Obama while Netanyahu was explaining that Israel will not go back to the 1967 borders as Obama had requested just a day before the met.
That camera shot, which showed a contemptuous and condescending Obama, lasted just about a second and was never repeated. I couldn’t help wonder why the contempt that Obama displayed was not discussed by political pundits more than it was. After the news opportunity, reporter on just about every news station did agree that there was an icy relationship between the two heads of state, but no one repeated that very telling camera shot.
Many people who are not terribly fond of the current President play a little political game called “what would the media do if former President George Bush did the same thing.” Can you imagine Bush sitting with any head of state and responding in such a negative way? The main stream news media pundits would go wild. All the weekend news shows would be showing that glaring look over and over again.
What happened on Sunday’s news shows? Well, all the news shows did touch on the Israeli situation, but none dwelled on the terse look that Obama gave Netanyahu.
Now, I have said in many postings that it appears the main stream media will be cheerleading for Obama’s re-election even more than it did for his first term, but it seems that most of the news stations are going out of their way to avoid anything or any camera shot that can prove to be embarrassing to the President.
If you have a chance, go to one of the news stations’ websites and find a video clip of the meeting between Obama and Netanyahu. Then ask yourself, how would the media react if George Bush acted that way?