ABC, NBC tout Michelle Obama’s internet freedom speech in China, ignore press shutout

ABC, NBC tout Michelle Obama’s internet freedom speech in China, ignore press shutout

First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to students at Peking University in China over the weekend and spoke of the need for China to limit its censorship of information and controlling access to the Internet.

Despite both ABC and NBC hyping Mrs. Obama’s “strong message” about the need for an open Internet in China, both networks skipped the irony of the White House not allowing American press to travel with the First Lady to China. Instead, ABC promoted how Obama decided to tackle “hot-button issues” as “she’s making headlines over what she said about the Internet.

On Saturday March 22, ABC’s David Muir beamed at how Mrs. Obama met China’s “glamorous First Lady” before jumping into pushing how during her trip she was “stressing freedom of speech while talking to students there.” Over on NBC, fill-in Nightly News host David Gregory pushed how Michelle Obama “delivered a strong message about the virtues of free speech in a country that has little room for dissent.”

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