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Bias Alert: NYT Declines to Picture Bush Family in Selma March Photo


The media narrative is familiar: Republicans are racist and don’t care about the pursuit of racial equality or its history in the United States. In advance of the march in Selma to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a violent episode which led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, scores of Americans, including a great many politicians of both parties made the journey south. You won’t gather that fact from mainstream reporting of the march, which only prominently featured Democrats. At Legal Insurrection Kemberlee Kaye sets the record straight on just how many Republicans were present.

The cover of the New York Times featured a photo of the march which, predictably, showed President Obama and family center-stage. His presence was so prominent at the march and in the photo one would think that he marched in 1965 as well. Who did the Times leave out of the photo? Former Republican President George W. Bush and his wife, former first Lady, Laura Bush. One would think that the presence of two Presidents at the march would have been newsworthy (and that the Bush couple would have been given a more prominent place among the marchers, for that matter), but the Times, predictably disagreed.

While Mediate makes clear that the photo wasn’t altered in any way to remove the family, a wider angle could have easily been used to show the former President, whose attendance at the rally is newsworthy. The Bush couple rarely make public appearances, especially not arm-in-arm with the current President and his family.

After a summer of racial tension, the presence of both Presidents could have gone a long way in repairing some of the damage made in Ferguson and in New York City. The country is moving past the deaths, trying to learn from them, and looking to the past for guidance. That could have been a narrative after the Selma march. Alas, the New York Times along with the rest of the mainstream media used the event as an opportunity to do what they do best: promote President Obama as a messiah-like figure, despite the fact that he is one of the most racially (and politically) divisive presidents in American history.

Comment below: Do you trust the New York Times to provide fair and balanced coverage of the news?



  1. Alex says:

    Why wasn’t Bush standing next to Obama at the front of the line. Why was he so far away from Obama that he didn’t fit in the photo? BECAUSE he didn’t want to be photographed with Obama and upset his supporters.

    Kind of strange that 2 President are in the same town together but there are no photos of them together.

    Bush was AVOIDING Obama. No media conspiracy. Just a continued LOATHING of Republicans to be seen with Obama or be associated with him in any way.

    Typical right wing attempt to create a conspiracy where there is none.

  2. Mary says:

    New York Times stirs the pot, don’t they?

  3. Dwyane says:

    He’s deff no messiah anyone who looks to him for leadership must be brainwashed, the blind leading the blind

  4. Stanley says:

    The NYT is typical liberal scum and a disgrace to journalism. I’d never buy their biased paper.

  5. Tom says:

    The Democrats won’t be in the White House forever, and neither well Boehner. What goes around, comes around, and the tables will turn.

  6. Stan says:

    Dr. Martain Luther King would turn in his grave if he saw the country,s NO1. racist lead
    the Selma march,this anti American evil muslim terrorist lover could care less for the the people of the USA NO MATTER WHAT COLOR.He couldn’t lead a boy scout troop and he’s not the FIRST Africian American ”President” he’s half WHITE and hates his white side ,no doubt about it.

  7. Carol says:

    Leave it to the NYT. Really did not expect anything different from state run newspapers.

  8. Andy says:

    The only thing ‘shocking’ about this is that ANYONE IS ‘shocked’ by this. There is zero chance the Progressive Times would have something good to say or show about GW. I am just happy that they were able to fit in Al ‘Tawana Brawley’ Sharpton in the picture.

  9. Peter says:

    At least they got the Tax cheat and race baiter Al Sharpton in there for a photo bomb

  10. Emily says:

    NYT once again shows just how BIAS a Liberal Paper they are. No wonder their readership is down.

  11. Joe says:

    The HY Times once again has shown how racist and biased they are. They are no known and called the paper of rag!

  12. John A. says:

    The nyt the bible of liberals, good for use in the toilet when you run out of toilet paper.