Media Bias – or Just Incompetence?
During his State of the Union speech, President Bush introduced an Iraqi citizen with these words:
One of Iraq’s leading democracy and human rights advocates is Safia Taleb al-Suhail. She says of her country, “we were occupied for 35 years by Saddam Hussein. That was the real occupation. Thank you to the American people who paid the cost but most of all to the soldiers.” Eleven years ago, Safia’s father was assassinated by Saddam’s intelligence service. Three days ago in Baghdad, Safia was finally able to vote for the leaders of her country – and we are honored that she is with us tonight.
Subsequently, in praise of an American soldier who had given his life for freedom, the President said:
One name we honor is Marine Corps Sergeant Byron Norwood of Pflugerville, Texas, who was killed during the assault on Fallujah. His mom, Janet, sent me a letter and told me how much Byron loved being a Marine, and how proud he was to be on the front line against terror. She wrote, “When Byron was home the last time, I said that I wanted to protect him like I had since he was born. He just hugged me and said: ‘You’ve done your job, mom. Now it’s my turn to protect you.'” Ladies and gentlemen, with grateful hearts, we honor freedom’s defenders, and our military families, represented here this evening by Sergeant Norwood’s mom and dad, Janet and Bill Norwood.
The National Ledger captures a very poignant moment that followed when Safia Taleb al-Suhail turned and hugged Janet Norwood:
The symbolism was striking. A mother had lost her patriot son so that this woman–a person she had never met before–would have the opportunity to be free. Janet Norwood had her son’s dog-tags wrapped around her hand while Safia Taleb al-Souhail’s index finger was still slightly stained with ink from her first vote.
It was a moment to make every patriot proud.
By contrast, The Washington Post described the hug with the following words:
The emotional highpoint of last night’s event came near the end when Bush introduced the parents of a U.S. Marine from Texas, Sgt. Byron Norwood, who was killed in the assault on Fallujah, Iraq. As Norwood’s mother tearfully hugged another woman in the gallery, the assembled senators and representatives responded with a sustained ovation, and Bush’s face appeared creased with emotion.
Just “another woman?” And the mainstream media insists it carries no bias. Well, it is either bias or incompetent reporting – their choice.
Power Line offers this update:
A reader says that the Post has now updated its story so that the offending paragraph now reads:
The emotional highpoint of last night’s event came near the end when Bush introduced the parents of a U.S. Marine from Texas, Sgt. Byron Norwood, who was killed in the assault on Fallujah, Iraq. As Norwood’s mother tearfully hugged Safia Taleb Suhail, leader of the Iraqi Women’s Political Council, the assembled senators and representatives responded with a sustained ovation, and Bush’s face appeared creased with emotion. Suhail also was a guest of the White House sitting with the first lady in the gallery who had been introduced by Bush earlier in the speech as “one of Iraq’s leading democracy and human rights advocates.
No credit to Power Line, however, for pointing out the Post’s blunder.