CBS Promotes Obama Fist Bump In Wake of New Study On Reducing Spread of Germs

On Monday, July 28, the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley used a new study showing that high fives are five times more hygienic than shaking hands as a way of promoting President Obama's use of the fist bump.

Fill-in anchor James Brown, who hosts The NFL Today on CBS, gushed at how “in his line of work, President Obama does a healthy amount of handshaking but a study out today says high fives will be more hygienic. They transfer only about half as many bacteria.” [See video below.]  

In a brief segment at the end of the broadcast, Brown continued to hype President Obama, by showing numerous pictures of the president shaking hands with different public figures. He concluded by beaming that “fist bumps are even better. They spread only 10 percent of the germs of a handshake. But maybe the president had the best idea of all right here, leave the hands out, entirely.”

See relevant transcript below.    


CBS 

CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley

July 28, 2014

JAMES BROWN: Well, in his line of work, President Obama does a healthy amount of handshaking but a study out today says high fives will be more hygienic. They transfer only about half as many bacteria. Fist bumps are even better. They spread only 10 percent of the germs of a handshake. But maybe the president had the best idea of all right here, leave the hands out, entirely. 

Jeffrey Meyer
Jeffrey Meyer
Jeffrey Meyer is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center.