Archived: Editorial: Thrown Shoes Insult to All


The news of the week has been the reporter throwing shoes at President George Bush in Baghdad.

We’re not sure if the reporter threw his own shoes or a spare pair he brought into the press conference with him. No matter.

His insult in throwing the shoes at the leader of the free world was not only an insult to a freely elected US president, it was also an insult to every American.

We don’t know what type of ethics are taught in his country, but we venture to say that any reporter here in the U.S. who would have done the same, would have been summarily fired for his or her act of personal prejudice.
The behavior was unbefitting of a journalist.

We’re told that the reporter faces charges of insulting a foreign leader. We believe he should also face charges of insulting his fellow citizens who, by making him a national hero, now appear to much of the world to be little more than an out of control mob, unable to control its behavior.

We don’t’ care what political party you belong to or what your feelings are about the war, uncontrolled behavior makes justified disagreements look like wild mob behavior.

Throwing shoes at Bush was such a behavior.

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