Looking back at my notes from February, March, April of 2011 and the controversy surrounding Egypt/Libya I came across a “note-to-self”.
A note I made to myself about liberal columnist Kirsten Powers being married to an Egyptian Coptic, Dr. Marty Makary, Professor of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, and she has a significant number of family members in Egypt.
I made the note because we were predicting a horrid outcome to the “Arab Spring” based on the false narrative being sold by the Mainstream US Press. At the time Kirsten Powers was reflecting her opinion on various outlets, and a crack into her up close and personal knowledge of the will of the “average” or “everyday” Egyptian was noted.
Indeed when the current Egyptian/Libyan crisis ensued she dismissed the left-wing media deflection narrative and instead reflected a down-the-middle, albeit liberally minded, approach. Such as noted in this Fox discussion via Newsbusters:
Appearing on Fox News’s America Live on Thursday, Daily Beast columnist and Democratic pundit Kirsten Powers ripped the liberal media for expressing more outrage over Mitt Romney’s reaction to Tuesday’s embassy attacks, than toward the attackers themselves: “I mean, it is just absolutely utterly insane the way that they have elevated this.”
Powers worried that the blatant bias had “overshadowed any kind of outrage that you would see over the fact that you have Islamic flags being hoisted over American embassies, the fact that an American ambassador is dead.”
Acknowledging the Democratic perspective, Powers explained: “…let’s just stipulate that, for the sake of argument, that Romney shouldn’t have done it [criticized Obama] – I don’t agree with that – it still would not explain the obsession with Romney’s statement over these horrific events that are unfolding in front of us.”
Later in the discussion, host Megyn Kelly asked Powers: “You always have to look back at, you know, when detecting media – you know, potential media bias, you look back at what would the media have done if this had happened on George Bush’s watch?”
Powers denounced the double standard:
Yeah. It would have been completely radically different. Look, like I said, even if you agree that Mitt Romney did something wrong, okay, look at that, but let’s also look at the Obama administration. It was just radio silence….why didn’t they know that these attacks were coming? Was Obama getting his intelligence briefings? I mean these are the issues that should be being asked and would be being asked if this had happened on George Bush’s watch. (continue reading)
We’ve been quite critical of the media in all forms, so it is only appropriate to give credit where credit is due. Fairly reported.