“In Iraq’s shoe-hurling protest, Arabs find a Hero. (It’s not Bush.)” — NYTimes
“Flying shoes create a Hero in the Arab world” –- Washington Post
“Throw a shoe, become a legend” –- Los Angeles Times
“Iraqis find a Hero in Iraqi shoe thrower” –- Denver Post
“The shoes heard ‘round the world” –- Chicago Tribune
Reading these gleeful front page stories in the nation’s liberal newspapers, it’s difficult to determine who Iraqi shoe-hurler Muntadar al-Zeidi is a bigger hero to – the New York Times, the Washington Post, the LA Times, etc, etc, or the few Arabs they could find and quote in support of this shameful and embarrassing display.
The only thing more despicable than the cowardly act itself was was the mainstream media’s delight in extolling shoe tossing as heroic.
Whether you agree with his policies or not, whether you like him or not, George W. Bush is the president of the United States. I don’t care if the NY Times and the Washington Post respect Bush or not, but I do expect them to respect the office of the president. I don’t like Bill Clinton and didn’t vote for him either time, but I would be just as sickened if Clinton or Barack Obama had been the one insulted.
Muntadar al-Zeidi didn’t just insult President Bush – he insulted the Office of the President of the United States.
It somehow seems appropriate that al-Zeidi the shoeless is a journalist. When he gets out of prison, maybe he can go to work for the New York Times.