Bush Booed At Pope's Funeral?

The following are early reports of the Pope’s funeral from AP writer Victor L. Simpson on the funeral of the Pope – ABC, Honolulu Advertiser, etc. It’s not important that you read them, just that you note what they’re missing.

Later versions Simpson’s report, which include the one now running on the AP wire, got at least one interesting new paragraph.

When Bush’s face appeared on giant screen TVs showing the ceremony, many in the crowds outside St. Peter’s Square booed and whistled.

A question for TiVo viewers, did you see this or did the network anchors mention this?

While I don’t doubt that its possible President Bush was booed by the crowds, it seems odd that of the 3,500 journalists covering the event only Victor L. Simpson (or one of his two contributors – Nicole Winfield and Daniela Petroff) notice this booing. Actually make that two people who noticed, since the Scotsman.com uses very similar wording. The two accounts probably have the same lineage, either Simpson’s came from The Press Association accounts or their account came from Simpson.

In fact if you filter out “Associated Press”, “AP”, “Simpson”, and “When Bush’s face appeared” it nearly disappears from the Google News search results for: bush booed.

I’m just curious if anyone else noted this crowd reaction to the President. Given the unfortunate killing of an Italian intelligence officer in the Giuliana Sgrena hostage escape incident I wouldn’t be surprised, but it’s not like the AP hasn’t invented a crowd booing before (See InstaPundit, Poweline)

Note: Paul was the one who tipped me to this and left me to do the legwork…

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