Mainstream Media Scream: NBC 'surprised' Obama not on list of greatest leaders

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This week's Mainstream Media Scream features NBC's "Today" hosts expressing surprise that Fortune Magazine's new list of the 50 greatest leaders didn't include President Obama.

From the Thursday, March 20 "Today" show on NBC:

Savannah Guthrie: “We are back now at 8:14 with ?What's Trending Today.' And this morning, Fortune magazine is releasing its first list of the world's 50 greatest leaders. The issue's out tomorrow. We're going to get an exclusive look right now at who makes the list. Bill Clinton comes in at number five and makes the cover. There are a lot of other notable names here.

“Tell you what, though, there may be some talk about one leader who did not make the list, the leader of the free world, President Obama. Fortune tells us he was not overlooked, he just did not make the cut.”

Natalie Morales: “In the top 50.”

Matt Lauer: “Yeah, that’s surprising.”

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: “Another example of how out of touch the media elite are from the rest of America. Obama’s approval rating is cratering, well below 50 percent, as his foreign policy experiences setback after setback. Yet Guthrie and Lauer are surprised he’s not automatically considered one of the world’s ‘greatest’ leaders.’ ”

Rating: Three out of five screams.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.