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May 24, 2013

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

By Rob Kall

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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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.









Submitters Bio:

Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect,
connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. 

Check out his platform at RobKall.com

He is the author of The Bottom-up Revolution; Mastering the Emerging World of Connectivity  

He's given talks and workshops to Fortune
500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered
first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and
Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful
people on his Bottom Up Radio Show,
and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and
opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

more detailed bio: 

Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 



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To learn more about Rob and OpEdNews.com, check out A Voice For Truth - ROB KALL | OM Times Magazine and this article. 

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