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Saudi TV Blurs Michelle Obama Upon Her Visit to Pay Condolences For The Passing Of Their King

The Saudi state television station apparently blurred out the image of U.S. first lady Michelle Obama in the broadcast of her and President Barack Obama's meeting with new Saudi King Salman today in Riyadh. The new king shook hands with President Obama at the Erga Palace but didn't acknowledge the first lady at all during a very brief meeting on the side of the funeral for King Abdullah. Barack and Michelle Obama cut short their trip to India to attend the funeral. Other news organizations, such as Al Jazeera, showed the meeting without obscuring Michelle Obama's face. Several videos posted on Saudis' Facebook sites were removed shortly after they were posted. I captured the screenshot of one video before it was taken down. The Arab news service Mashahead posted on YouTube a video taken from the Saudi government television broadcast. Some Arab media outlets criticized Michelle Obama for wearing a blue dress, rather than a black one, which some say would have been more appropriate for a funeral.

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