June 20, 2009

Tone Deaf: Will Media Give Obamas’ Ice Cream Outing the ‘Bush Golf Treatment’? (Update: YouTube Of Dying Iranian Woman and Other Items)

Boy, the press can really do the nitty-gritty detail work (also saved here) when they set their minds to it (graphics at right via West Coast Outpost):


As Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey’s Hot Air has pointed out at his running commentary, this fawning would be a bit more palatable if leftist commentators and comedians hadn’t gasped at and ridiculed George W. Bush hitting a golf shot after commenting about the Middle East and the War on Terror. Do you think Jon Stewart, who thought the golf shot vid was so funny, will find “humor” in the Obamas’ ice cream outing?

Meanwhile, Morrissey notes “The latest unverified/rumored death toll is 150. In other news, Obama ordered a small cup of vanilla” (Twitter death toll link corrected by me).

Patterico has compared the tweets from Tehran with those from CBS’s White House correspondent Mark Knoller, who was on Ice Cream Watch tonight.

Exit question: Who believes that the video of a dying woman Morrissey is carrying at Hot Air (WARNING: Very graphic; direct link here) will appear on an establishment media web site?

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.


BizzyBlog Update: The YouTube of the dying Iranian woman is below the fold if you’re on the home page (WARNING: Very graphic; other updates, including vids, also follow) –

BizzyBlog Update 2: At iReport — “Graphic video from iran very sad young male shot dead.” It has its own viewer discretion filter.

BizzyBlog Update 3: Another YouTube posted by Morrissey (original link here) — In America, what you see after about 1:00 would probably be called a police riot:

BizzyBlog Update 4: At the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran — “Injured Demonstrators Arrested at Hospitals.” I’m pretty sure that not even the Chinese Communists did this at Tiananmen.

BizzyBlog Update 5, June 21: From Michael Ledeen, from a source he trusts, a letter to Barack Obama, that eviscerates those gullible enough to believe that Obama is handling the current situation well –

From  the Office of Mr. Mir Hossein Mousavi

To the President of the USA, Mr. Barack Hussein Obama:

Dear Mr. President,

In the name of  the Iranian people, we want you to know that when you recently made the statement “Achmadinejad or Mousavi? Two of a kind,” we consider this as a grave and deep insult, not just to Mr. Mousavi but especially against the judgment of the Iranian people, against our moral conviction and intelligence, especially those of the young generation that comprises a population of 31 million.

It is a specially grave insult for those who are now fighting for democracy and freedom, and an unwarranted gift and even praise for Mr. Khamenei, whose security forces are now killing peaceful Iranians in the streets of every major city in the country.

Your statement misled the people of the world.  It was no doubt inspired by your hope for dialogue with this regime, but you cannot possibly believe in promises from a regime that lies to its own people and then kills them when they demand the promises be kept.

By such statements, your administration and you discourage the Iranian people, who believe and trust in the values of democracy and freedom.  We are pleased to see that you have condemned the regime’s murderous violence, and we look forward to stronger support for the rightful struggle of the Iranian people against the actions of a regime that is your enemy as well as ours.



  1. Hey, wait, isn’t ice cream supposed to be fattening and life shortening? I thought the Health Nazi wanted us to adapt his supposed dietary purity (under pain of taxes) and here he is eating one of those satanic custards!

    So he’s also a hypocrite, as well as a control freak then.

    Comment by zf — June 20, 2009 @ 9:56 pm

  2. #1, and sometime in the past few months he did big hamburgers too.

    Comment by TBlumer — June 20, 2009 @ 10:25 pm

  3. What’s your point, Bizzy? That Comedy Central is inconsistent?

    Obama didn’t make any foreign policy pronouncements from the yogurt shop. And he didn’t punkishly tell the assembled media to “watch this.”

    Obama did issue a statement on Iran today. It came from the White House, not a Kennebunkport golf course:

    “The Iranian government must understand that the world is watching. We mourn each and every innocent life that is lost. We call on the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people. The universal rights to assembly and free speech must be respected, and the United States stands with all who seek to exercise those rights. 

As I said in Cairo, suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away. The Iranian people will ultimately judge the actions of their own government. If the Iranian government seeks the respect of the international community, it must respect the dignity of its own people and govern through consent, not coercion. 

Martin Luther King once said – “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” I believe that. The international community believes that. And right now, we are bearing witness to the Iranian peoples’ belief in that truth, and we will continue to bear witness.”

    Now, if Obama decides to give up frozen yogurt “in solidarity” with our troops, and the “MSM” ignore it, you might have a legitimate beef.


    Comment by Tony B. — June 21, 2009 @ 1:11 am

  4. #3, yawn …. I’m not going to get out crayons just for you …. yawn.

    Comment by TBlumer — June 21, 2009 @ 8:18 am

  5. Please give me your “childish things” lecture again, Bizzy. Then look up the definition of “irony.”

    Comment by Tony B. — June 21, 2009 @ 1:45 pm

  6. #6, yawn …. it’s right here, go read it yourself …. and remind yourself that your guy is the one who called everyone who dares to oppose him childish …. yawn ….

    Comment by TBlumer — June 21, 2009 @ 2:39 pm

  7. Obama never “called everyone who dares to oppose him childish.” Instead, he attempted to “to proclaim an end to the petty grievances…”

    Now go back and read your frozen yogurt post a see how petty and childish it truly is.

    Fake yawning, on the other hand, is very grown-up.

    Comment by Tony B. — June 21, 2009 @ 10:39 pm

  8. #7 —

    Fake yawning, on the other hand, is very grown-up.

    Yawn …. no, legitimate yawning merely indicates how tired I am of your childishness …. yawn ….

    Comment by TBlumer — June 21, 2009 @ 10:56 pm

  9. Obama never “called everyone who dares to oppose him childish.

    Comment by Emily  — June 22, 2009 @ 10:07 am

  10. #9, from the Inaug address:

    On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics.

    We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things.

    That’s exactly what he meant. In his mind, anyone who holds grievances against him is “petty,” anyone who believes other than he does believes in “false promises.” He calls both, as well as supposedly “worn-out dogmas” (like the right of pre-born babies to live), “childish things.” He thus believes that his opponents are being childish.

    Game. Set. Match.

    Comment by TBlumer — June 22, 2009 @ 11:16 am

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