Egyptian President Morsi is
an Islamist, and the media fears the Islamists. And Morsi is
President Obama's ally, and the media loves the U.S. president.
That leaves the protestors out in the cold with the TV cameras
The behavior of the Western media can only be described as
cowardly. That news is not going to surprise any honest,
fair-minded person. Anyone can see the glaring spinelessness in
their reporting (or lack thereof) on the beleaguered freedom-loving
souls in Egypt today.
When thousands of people demonstrated against President Mubarak
in January 2011, all major Western media outlets sent reporters to
Egypt, where they reported day and night. It was mostly inaccurate
and biased, but at least they were reporting.
Now that an Islamist government - which was falsely installed by
the military council - is in power, there is deafening silence. As
even more young, educated democracy seekers are wounded and killed
than in the Revolution of 2011, the media still cannot be lured
from its hiding places.
Even after the Islamist President Morsi declared his
dictatorship, Western media said nothing. Well, nothing except for
the occasional comment to support him and his push for total
control - all the poor guy needs is the power to cleanse Egypt
of the vestiges of the Mubarak regime. The media ignores the
fact that government employees make up a majority of the country
and can be categorized as vestiges of the Mubarak regime.
I get it: the Western media is scared. Most, if not all, are
intimidated and fearful of Islamists. But no one buys their claim
that they only fear being accused of Islamophobia. They really fear
for their lives, and for their profits. And that fear is the root
of their cowardice.
When the Director General of the BBC was asked why they
had tried so hard to not offend Muslims, especially when they had
often treated Christians with scorn, his honest answer was: a
Christian has "broad shoulders" and can take it, but an Islamist
may complain by saying, "I am loading my AK47."
As the power of fear and intimidation grows worldwide, the
slippery slope of appeasement will make the leftist Western media
obsolete as a news source. An uninformed public will remain
blissfully ignorant until it is too late to stop the media from
becoming a dangerous tool in the Islamist's pocket.
Already it feels like I'm living back in Egypt during the 1960s
when most of the nation's media got their cues from Nasser. They
would attack whom they knew Nasser wanted attacked. And they would
remain silent on certain deadly issues if they knew he wanted them
to close their eyes.
Today's protestors represent the best of Egypt. They are Muslim
men and Christian men. They are veiled women and unveiled women.
They are united in a love for their country and disdain for what
their Islamist president is doing to it.
Unlike Western media, they have shown courage time after time.
They protested last year at enormous risk to their lives. Now they
protest again to make sure their courage has not been for
But Morsi is an Islamist, and the media fears the Islamists. And
Morsi is President Obama's ally, and the media loves the U.S.
president. That leaves the protestors out in the cold with the TV
cameras turned off.
The people of the West need to learn from their beleaguered
freedom-loving Egyptian compatriots who are shedding their blood
for true democracy.
The people of the West need to wake up from their slumber,
follow the example of the Egyptian protestors, and rise up against
the deliberate deception of the Western media.
It is time for the people of the West - for all truth-loving
people - to boycott the cowards and support the courageous.
Michael Youssef, PhD is an Egyptian-born American and
founding rector of The Church of The Apostles. His messages are
broadcast 3,800 times a week into 200 countries through Leading The
Way Ministries. He holds a PhD from Emory University in Social
Anthropology. His blog: www.michaelyoussef.com. Follow
on Twitter: @MichaelAYoussef.
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