Michelle Obama’s Free Speech Hypocrisy in China

The hypocrisy of the Obama’s has no bounds. In a speech during her China vacation at Peking University, Michelle Obama promoted the virtues of free speech including media criticism of her and her husband.

The New York Times reported on Michelle’s speech:

“Time and again, we have seen that countries are stronger and more prosperous when the voices and opinions of all their citizens can be heard,” she said.

The United States, she said, respected the “uniqueness” of other cultures and societies. “But when it comes to expressing yourself freely,” she said, “and worshiping as you choose, and having open access to information — we believe those are universal rights that are the birthright of every person on this planet.”

Mrs. Obama even supports media criticism of her and her husband:

“My husband and I are on the receiving end of plenty of questioning and criticism from our media and our fellow citizens,” she said. “And it’s not always easy, but we wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.”

Michelle’s statement supporting media criticism of her and the president is laughable.

Conveniently, Mrs. Obama failed to mention the numerous actions the Obama administration has taken to intimidate free speech in the U.S.

Here are some examples Michelle forgot to mention to the Chinese:

• The Department of Justice spied on reporters from the Associated Press
• The Department of Justice spied on Fox News reporter James Rosen
• President Obama called Fox News reporting “destructive”

And let’s not forget the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) recent idea to place its bureaucrats in news operations to “study” editorial decisions and news room operations.

Taken in context, it’s clear President Obama is troubled and threatened by the media and he has used his power to monitor and criticize free speech.

In addition to costing taxpayers millions of dollars, Michelle’s trip is also costing our country an additional loss in credibility on the world’s stage.