The media, which jumps for exclusive footage of leaders, exhibited a contrast in its coverage of the First Lady Michelle Obama during her visit to Saudi Arabia.
In India where her media attention was craved for and was even missed for not being under the media radar, the BloombergView on Wednesday reported Michelle’s media repulsion in Saudi Arabia. Apparently, videos were posted on Facebook and YouTube of a Saudi television channel blurring Michelle for not wearing a headscarf. However, there were reports of the footage to have been edited by third party before it went viral on YouTube.
Obama and the First Lady are in Saudi to attend the funeral of King Abdullah.
In response to the BloombergView report, the Saudi Arabia embassy in USA reacted sharply on microblgging site Twitter. However, the US embassy in Riyadh has not commented anything on this issue.
Report by Bloomberg View’s Josh Rogin that Saudi TV “blurred” image of First Lady Michelle Obama is FALSE. Should check facts, not Facebook
— Saudi Embassy (@SaudiEmbassyUSA) January 27, 2015
The BloombergView’s Josh Rogin reports in the story that he captured screenshots of videos from Facebook and YouTube which were “removed shortly” after they were posted.
But is Michelle not okay with wearing a headscarf? According to a Reuters report, she had donned a headscraf in a mosque during her visit to Indonesia in 2010. Also in another report in 2009, she wore a black veil when the Obamas met Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican.