Robin Givhan is an award winning journalist but she made the mistake of spilling too many beans at a recent conference sponsored by the BET Network. She suggested that Michelle Obama’s White House vegetable garden was a sham which was only done to make the former first lady seem nicer and less bossy.
The New York Post reports:
BET boots journalist from Michelle Obama conference
Talk about going Postal.
The BET Network booted a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from its conference for publishing a Q&A with Michelle Obama, sparking a social media storm.
The network had invited the Washington Post’s Robin Givhan to its syntactically questionable “Leading Women Defined” conference in Bal Harbour, Fla., but then demanded she leave after she published her article, claiming that Obama’s talk had been conducted in a “sacred space.”
Givhan — the Washington Post’s fashion critic, who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2006 — posted a piece Wednesday quoting Obama discussing her campaign experiences in 2008: “I couldn’t count on my husband’s campaign to protect me; I had to protect myself.”
Despite her qualifications, Obama was dismayed at being asked if she could handle being first lady.
“The garden was a subversive act,” she said. “You can’t go in with guns blazing until people trust you.”
When BET brass saw the story, they kicked Givhan out and canceled a panel she was due to moderate.
This is hardly surprising. The media has always been hyper-protective of Michelle Obama.
No one dares to criticize her in any way.