CBS Hypes Michelle Obama for 'Praising Free Speech,' Skips Press Blackout of Her Trip

March 24, 2014 | 12:16 PM EDT

[For more, see video cross-posted at NewsBusters.] Ignoring the most important part of the story, CBS This Morning reporter Jan Crawford hyped Michelle Obama for promoting free speech in China. Yet, Crawford never mentioned that American journalists weren't allowed to travel with the First Lady on her trip. With no sense of irony, Crawford touted, "Michelle Obama hit a hot button issue in China by praising freedom of speech in America." The journalist played a clip of Mrs. Obama trumpeting, "My husband and I are under plenty of questioning and criticism from our media and our fellow citizens...But we wouldn't trade it for anything in the world." Wouldn't this have been a good point to stop and inform viewers that the First Lady did just that? Crawford even used Michelle Obama to report on Michelle Obama.