Why Did the Press Avoid Obama's 'Embarrassing' Crusades Remarks?
President Obama made controversial comments Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast, in which he compared recent ISIS terror attacks to violence committed by Christians in the Crusades. But most of the mainstream media spent very little or no time covering the president's dubious remarks.
"We see ISIL, a brutal vicious death cult that in the name of religion carries out unspeakable acts of barbarism," Obama said. "And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ."
"These are embarrassing remarks for a president," Jim Gerraghty stated on "Media Buzz" today. "Strangely enough, people are much more interested in the gaffes and bad remarks and embarrassing comments of their opponents than they are the people they like."
Nina Easton said it's a question of if Obama is trying to downplay the terrorist threat and disconnect the word "Islam" from the word "terror."
"The other thing about the press coverage is that it didn't challenge the president," she said, noting Christianity's role in the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King. "There was no pushback on that from the print media."
"When you don't cover it at all, you don't get analysis or context, which is why I find this one really puzzling," Howard Kurtz said.
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