Chuck Todd, moderator for Meet the Press, lambasted mainstream media for ignoring a significant geopolitical event while focusing an incredible amount of attention on "deflate-gate." Americans are not shy about their love of football but the media should be ashamed of itself.
President Obama has touted the "Yemen Model" as a blueprint for his foreign policy in the Middle East. This model was supposed to set up a partnership, with Middle-eastern nations, to combat terrorism. Well, the "Yemen Model" just crumbled as the Houthi militia, a Shiite group armed and supported by Iran, took over the capital. As a result, President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi abruptly resigned, along with his prime minister and cabinet. The "Yemen Model" has officially collapsed and failed.
Chuck Todd makes a great point... Given that the collapse of the Yemen Model represents the failure of a major foreign policy initiative and that the destruction of said foreign policy was backed by Iran, the media should be giving significant airtime to the story. Iran has been undermining American foreign policy while Obama has been extending an olive branch.
HEWITT: Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the death of Winston Churchill. Winston Churchill was the secretary for the colonies…drew the map of the modern Middle East. Today, 50 years later, it's all going to hell Chuck Todd. I don't even know if you're going to try and cover Yemen [on Meet The Press]. No one can find Yemen on a map.
TODD: It's funny that you say 'try and cover.' I'm obsessed with this. I'm sorry, but look: I'm a football fan, I enjoy football, but yesterday I was embarrassed because I'm looking up and all three news channels, okay, all three major cable news channels…they're all on Tom Brady. Yemen is actually on fire. Okay, Yemen is the single most important — look, it's as dangerous a safe haven as there is. Between Syria and Yemen. But Yemen, a very dangerous safe haven.
This is like while Rome is burning or while the string quartet is playing on the Titanic. We're worried about deflated football when the Yemen situation is where it's at? I'm not trying to be one of those — a news snob about this. I'm interested in the Patriots story too, but come on.
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