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Obama's Big Speech Interrupted-- And How the Media Blew It

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Obama gave what the pundits are calling one of his major speeches. And one of America's leading activists interrupted it brilliantly. 

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In it, he blamed the congress for his failure to shut down Guantanamo. 

He explained why it's good to kill people with drones, even, on occasion, killing Americans. 

Then Medea Benjamin started interrupting the president, asking tough questions. 

Click here for an Opednews interview with Medea, after she repeatedly interrupted the president, which discusses what she said and what her goals. were. 

The reason I'm writing this short article is to point out that even when the President literally said, she's "Worth paying attention to" the cameras all stayed on Obama. They didn't shift to show a view of Medea. They didn't show her being hauled away. They didn't give her the attention she deserved, that even the president acknowledged.  That includes NBC/MSNBC.

They might argue that they were using a shared feed, but someone runs that feed. Someone or maybe a lot of people made the wrong call. To their credit, several MSNBC hosts talked about Medea and later got footage of her being dragged out of the presser. 

The media didn't show that a lot of people in the audience cheered when Medea said that Obama could shut down Guantanamo now. 

I give the president some credit for letting her go on. When Ray McGovern simply stood with his back to Hillary, he was brutally dragged out and roughed up. 

Thanks goodness for Medea Benjamin. She sets an inspiring example of how to stand up to power and make our voices heard. She is a true hero.


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FOX News covered Medea's protest and ran the video... by Betsy Whitfill on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 11:18:30 AM
Medea Benjamin has more smarts and courage that 10... by Rob Kall on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 12:24:50 PM
I'm just say'in...FOX rolled the video tape and it... by Betsy Whitfill on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 2:40:10 PM
TV shows show how the real world works, News broad... by Guglielmo Tell on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 11:26:54 AM
the rest of the speech led in all directions --&nb... by William Boardman on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 12:28:11 PM
Obama won the battle! Not with  Rush Limbaugh... by Mark Sashine on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 2:01:32 PM
Medea Benjamin's rude outbursts were counterproduc... by E. J. N. on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 2:40:47 PM
It was a horrible speech.  A man who authoriz... by Mark Sashine on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 2:55:37 PM
I was not defending the Bush-Obama Drone warfare. ... by E. J. N. on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 4:39:07 PM
We must defend and appreciate those who  are ... by Mark Sashine on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 4:59:27 PM
I usually agree with you, but not on this one. Pea... by Rob Kall on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 3:17:44 PM
As I've written here at OEN many times, I feel the... by E. J. N. on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 3:52:46 PM
<blockquote>Medea Benjamin's rude outbursts ... by Hooker Jay on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 3:20:49 PM
I find this thread strange and weird.  I have... by Jim Miles on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 5:18:28 PM
This is about us. Do we value our own- yes or no.&... by Mark Sashine on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 5:55:38 PM
Free speech is a liberty we're losing by lack of e... by Patrick Walker on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 6:22:04 PM
Didn't they rear their head on inauguration day 20... by Dennis Kaiser on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 9:11:03 AM
"One of the practical lessons inculcated by t... by Mark Sashine on Friday, May 24, 2013 at 6:30:09 PM
msnbc showed Benjamin being hauled out.The contras... by Teddi Curtis on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 12:35:22 PM
Really?  Source on this.  On Rachel Madd... by William Boardman on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 1:28:45 PM
Obama heckler got press pass... by Cactus Pat on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 2:34:53 PM
OK, that makes sense, as Politico reports it. &nbs... by William Boardman on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 3:44:02 PM
I put together a compilation of video's, reports, ... by Cactus Pat on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 3:11:47 PM
Ms. Benjamin's later comments about what constitut... by Gene Engene on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 8:25:07 PM
I think we need as many people like Medea to stand... by Michael Dewey on Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 8:04:39 AM