Thursday, January 31, 2013

Clinton and Egypt

From M.:  "Reading your post today regarding Clinton's comments on Egyptians and "understanding democracy", I was immediately reminded of the following video:

During the press conference at 5:20, the reporter states, "A State Department official from Clinton’s entourage allowed two journalists to ask questions. Both had accompanied Clinton from Washington. The two Egyptian journalists allowed to ask questions were from state television, known for their pro-military bias. TRN’s repeated attempts to ask a question were ignored."
Clinton, whilst ignoring the reporter's question about the $1.3b given to the Egyptian military, gleefully proclaims, "This is great evidence of a free press, which is part of democracy!"
Makes me curious about the levels of coercion involved when the media accepts its role of vetting and suppressing discourse..."