The Pen is Mightier than the Shoe


Among the chattering classes, it’s become hip to salute the Iraqi journalist who hurled a pair of shoes at President George W. Bush during a press conference on Dec. 14.

As much as I opposed the invasion of Iraq, where my nephew is now on his way to Mosul, I can’t feel good about a member of the media throwing anything at a person who is conducting a press conference, even if that person is one of the most incompetent Presidents in U.S. history.

The image above has been making the rounds, thanks to Baydan & Ducati, the manufacturer of the shoes that were thrown at Bush. However, I have to say that I’m with Laura Bush. I think this journalist crossed the line.

Did I think that gave his jailers the right to beat him into writing an apology, as his brother alleges? No. But I think reporters should confine their attacks to words.

2 comments on “The Pen is Mightier than the Shoe

  1. Please don’t say you’re “with Laura Bush.” Our overly-medicated, fiance-killing First Lady is not exactly in a position to moralize about anything to anybody, certainly not after the last eight years.

    And yes, the Iraqi journalist “crossed the line,” but you might feel a little differently about the situation if it was your own country that had been bombed, destroyed and looted over the last five years with no repercussions for the villains responsible. There’s also an element of guilt (or there should be) among journalists in Washington, D.C. where with the exception of the venerable Helen Thomas, the press corps has been obsequious to the criminal Bush administration to a frightening degree. They also “crossed a line” and instead of being fired, they were rewarded by their bosses, which didn’t do a lot for the credibility of mainstream journalism.

  2. At least there is one good side to this story: the journalist certainly crossed the lines but he contributed to save one Turkish company and its workers that were badly struck by the current recession.
    Believe me, if I had been in his place I would have thrown to GWB’s face something absolutely impossible to sell that I will not name here…
    Besides, these Turkish shoes look quite cool and good quality!

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