Coptic Christians Protest Obama, Egyptian Govt. Outside White House, Morning Shows Ignore It

Hundreds of Coptic Christians traveled to Washington D.C. yesterday "from as far as New York and Chicago" to call on President Obama to push Egypt's government to protect their brothers and sisters from persecution.

Kudos are in order for the Washington Post for devoting a 14-paragraph story on page B3 of the October 20 paper. Editors also published a large photo from the demonstration, headlined, "At the White House, Coptic Christians demand an end to 'horrible nightmare,'" on the front page of the Post to direct readers to the Metro section story.

Unfortunately none of the Big Three network morning shows -- ABC's Good Morning America, CBS's Early Show, and NBC's Today -- noted the protest, which among other things called on President Obama to enforce "a bill that Congress passed in July that would create a U.S. envoy to the Middle East for religious minorities," according to the Post's Pamela Constable.

With the breaking news today of Muammar Qadhafi's death and the media's predictable victory laps for Obama's Libya policy, don't expect any media attention to the plight of the persecuted Coptic Christian minority in Egypt anytime soon.

Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd is a writer living in New Carrollton, Md.