When does the Media Ignore a President’s Bow to Royalty?

When the bow, and a deep waisted one at that, is performed by Obama to the Saudi King. When it’s performed by Bill Clinton to the Emperor or Japan, then the media is all over it. The New York Times in 1994 took Mr. Clinton to task for his sorta, kinda bow:

It wasn’t a bow, exactly. But Mr. Clinton came close. He inclined his head and shoulders forward, he pressed his hands together. It lasted no longer than a snapshot, but the image on the South Lawn was indelible: an obsequent President, and the Emperor of Japan.

Canadians still bow to England’s Queen; so do Australians. Americans shake hands. If not to stand eye-to-eye with royalty, what else were 1776 and all that about? But Mr. Clinton, alas, is not the only one since George Washington who has seemed not quite to know what to make of monarchs.

But the “thou need not bow” commandment from the State Department’s protocol office maintained a constancy of more than 200 years. Administration officials scurried to insist that the eager-to-please President had not really done the unthinkable.

“It was not a bow-bow, if you know what I mean,” said Ambassador Molly Raiser, the chief of protocol.

White House officials described Mr. Clinton’s tilt as something of an improvisation. Because Emperor Akihito broke with tradition in turn to raise his glass at the state dinner, some even said Mr. Clinton had managed something of a breakthrough.

Where’s the Times now? Barack Obama’s bow was quite demonstrative, so it’s hard to explain why the Times or any other media news outlet for that matter refuses to report Obama’s chucking of 200 years of protocol, except that perhaps they’ve sold their souls to The One.

Thanks to The Anchoress for the New York Times flashback.

Ed Morrissey gives the media a good scolding:

The media took Clinton to task for even suggesting the unthinkable. Now they remain silent on Obama’s leap to the unthinkable.

Thus proving that the mainstream media is nothing more than the Obama administration’s PR wing.

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