12/13/2013 09:56 am ET

Gwen Ifill: Media Messed Up Mandela Coverage

Gwen Ifill criticized the media on Thursday for losing "sight of the bigger picture" while reporting on Nelson Mandela's memorial services.

The media has come under fire for focusing on President Obama's selfie, his handshake with Raul Castro and the fake sign language interpreter at the service, instead of actual tributes to Mandela's life. Ifill voiced her disapproval of the coverage in a new post.

"I never cease to marvel how efficiently we can minimize real news – whether it be rare proof that Washington has a little bipartisanship left, or history unfolding on another continent," she wrote. Ifill criticized the media for getting distracted by a "non-story" and called the coverage "foggy."

The PBS host wasn't the only one who was disappointed with the headlines coming out of Mandela's memorial services. Jon Stewart also mocked the media's obsession with Obama's handshake, and other critics sounded off on Twitter. A recent study by Media Matters showed that coverage of the handshake and the selfie overshadowed news about Mandela's legacy on cable news earlier this week.

Click over for Ifill's full post.