Monday, December 15, 2008

The Shoe and the Pipe Wrench

The journalist who threw the shoe at Bush had a profile in the NY Times today:

An Iraqi journalist who hurled his shoes at President Bush and called him a dog became a huge celebrity in the Arab world and beyond on Monday, with many supporters exalting him for what they called a courageous act in the face of American arrogance about the war.

Barely 24 hours after the journalist, Muntader al-Zaidi, was tackled and arrested for his actions at a Baghdad news conference, the shoe-throwing incident was generating front-page headlines and continuing television news coverage. A thinly veiled glee could be discerned in much of the reporting, especially in the places where anti-American sentiment runs deepest.

Would one of those places where anti-American sentiment runs deepest be the editors desk at the Times?

Anyhoo, something tells me that had Muntader al-Zaidi been a plumber from Ohio the headline would read a bit differently.

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