Kathy Shaidle

Media condemned President's speech to school children (in 1991)

Posted on September 9 2009 10:15 am
Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury, now entering its 11th year online. Her latest book is Acoustic Ladylandkathy shaidle, which Mark Steyn calls "a must-read."
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President George H.W. Bush spoke to school children in 1991

President George H.W. Bush spoke to school children in 1991

Last night, FOX News host Greta Van Susteren broke the astonishing news — in fact, she called it a “showstopper” — that the media had criticized the President for giving his speech to public school children.

Back in 1991, that is.

In case viewers needed a refresher course in the long history of left-wing media bias, Van Susteren asked Byron York of the Washington Examiner to talk about what happened when President George H.W. Bush addressed the nation’s students during his administration.

As York explained:

“The day after Bush spoke, The Washington Post published a front page story suggesting the speech was carefully staged for the president’s political benefit. ‘The White House turned a northwest Washington junior high classroom into a television studio and its students into props’.” (…)

VAN SUSTEREN: Well, I know all the viewers are going to rush to — after midnight tonight and see if The Washington Post online — whether they’re hypocrites or not, or whether they give this president the same treatment they gave President Bush 41 for talking to students. Byron, thank you.

YORK: Don’t look for it.

VAN SUSTEREN: It’s a great — it’s unbelievable.

Except, alas, it really isn’t “unbelievable” at all. One simply has to consider the deafening mainstream media silence surrounding the “Van Jones controversy” — to cite just one example of the longstanding left-wing media bias that has so damaged and stunted political discourse in America.

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