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For me, things that “capture the world’s imagination” are events like landing on the moon, or, yes, perhaps even the election of the first black President of the United States — but a grisly beheading?
The below brief video is from the signing of the “Freedom of the Press Act” and is first-hand evidence of what can go wrong when Obama goes off-prompter.
Also, not that it would have mattered to Obama, but it would have been nice for a member of the Pearl family to remind the prez that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed & company murdered Daniel because he was Jewish, not because he was a reporter.
Expecting a “Freedom of the Press” act inspired by the murder of Daniel Pearl to reduce violence against reporters is as misguided and senseless as expecting a “Freedom to Work in a High Rise Office” act inspired by 9/11 to reduce instances of terrorists flying jets into buildings:
(h/t Weasel Zippers)