The new Nobel Peace Prize winner had some choice words for another Peace Prize winner’s wars. But most media aren’t telling us about that message of peace.
Last year, Yousafzai’s White House meeting with Barack Obama received wide media coverage. But as I pointed out back then (FAIR Blog, 10/15/13), part of Yousafzai’s message didn’t make it into most media accounts: She told Obama that drone strikes in her country were fueling more terrorism.
After the meeting, she released a statement that included this:
I also expressed my concerns that drone attacks are fueling terrorism. Innocent victims are killed in these acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people. If we refocus efforts on education, it will make a big impact.
As Rania Khalek reported in Extra! (12/13), this part of her message wasn’t suited for US television:
In the week following the meeting, ABC, NBC and CBS aired 20 Malala Yousafzai–related stories, according to a search of the Nexis news media database. But not one of them mentioned her comments about US drone strikes.