In Covering Obama, NY Times is a Whirling Dervish
By Don Feder
Wednesday April 8, 2009

In reporting on Obama’s speech to the Turkish parliament, The New York Times was like a groupie screeching over a rock star.

In yesterday’s story, the paper noted with satisfaction that Obama was “showing more self-confidence each day on his maiden overseas trip as president.”

It called his statement that he had lived in a Muslim country, “a bold one,” in that the president “has been falsely described as a Muslim … on some right-wing Web sites.” Finally, it was thrilled that, in another display of raw presidential courage, he was introduced as “Barack Hussein Obama.”

Funny, during the campaign, when conservatives used Obama’s middle name, The Times castigated us as “bigots” and smear artists. But it’s alright for him to allude to his Muslim roots.

The Times reported the president’s claim that, “The United States has been enriched by Muslim-Americans.” By “enriched,” did he mean bringing honor killings to these shores?

Again running interference for the administration, The Times forgot to mention the most memorable line in his address: “We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values.”

Ideals and values must have a point of origin. For the American people, that has always been the Bible.

Who did the president mean by “we” when he said, “We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation”? The editorial board of The New York Times? In a recent Newsweek poll, 62% said they consider America a Christian nation. It’s hardly surprising that The Times would fail to report an Obama assertion directly contradicted by the evidence.

In coverage of his whirlwind “America sucks” tour, The Times also ignored Obama’s from-the-waist bow to the King of Saudi Arabia — the first time a sitting president has ever bowed to a foreign ruler. The Times would prefer we didn’t know about this obscene obeisance to a medieval monarch.

The New York Times doesn’t just spin the news of Obama, it whips it around like a whirling dervish.



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