On Sunday morning, President Obama held a joint press conference with the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak. CBS News White House reporter Major Garrett aksed the president why he has not raised the issue of human rights abuses in his talks with Razak, as he was urged to do in a New York Times editorial the day before.
He said in reply, "I think the prime minister is the first to acknowledge that, uh, Malaysia's still got some work to do -- uh, just like the United States, by the way, has some work to do -- on these issues. Uh, Human Rights Watch probably has a list of things they think we should be doing as a government."
OK, the liberal group Human Rights Watch does indeed offer criticicm of some US policies such as the death penalty and incarceration for drug offenses. But it is no where near the level of abuse that the group finds Malaysia guilty of on a routine basis.
Obama merely gave one of his off the cuff slanders against his own nation without knowing what he is talking about.
Compare the human rights record of the two countiries for yourself in the report published by the group that Obama cites and see if you think they find the U.S. has a better or worse record on human rights than Malaysia.