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Smear Campaigns

Posted by Daniel on Monday, January 22, 2007

Is the entire country just plain stupid?  Or is the FOX Nitwit Channel trying desperately to convince us that we are?

It never fails to amaze me just what lengths Rupert Murdoch and his holdings will go to in order to print or broadcast lies.  

Friday was yet another example.

Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) is now in contention for the Democratic nomination for President.  Now that he’s out there and his campaign begun, he has now become fair game for the Dick Cheney of so-called news.

Friday, Insight Magazine (one of Murdoch’s many “newspaper” holdings) reported that as a young child (6 years old), Obama attended a school in Indoneasia that was, according to unidentified “sources”, a Madrassa…

Allegations that Sen. Obama was educated in a radical Muslim school known as a “madrassa” are not accurate, according to several reports.

Insight Magazine, which is owned by the same company as The Washington Times, reported on its Web site last week that associates of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, (D-NY), had unearthed information the Illinois Democrat and likely presidential candidate attended a Muslim religious school known for teaching the most fundamentalist form of Islam.

Obama lived in Indonesia as a child, from 1967 to 1971, with his mother and step-father and has acknowledged attending a Muslim school, but an aide said it was not a madrassa.

Insight attributed the information in its article to an unnamed source, who said it was discovered by “researchers connected to Senator Clinton.” A spokesman for Clinton, who is also weighing a White House bid, denied that the campaign was the source of the Obama claim.

He called the story “an obvious right-wing hit job.”

Insight stood by its story in a response posted on its Web site Monday afternoon.

The Insight article was cited several times Friday on Fox News and was also referenced by the New York Post, The Glenn Beck program on CNN Headline News and a number of political blogs.

No lagitimate sources.  No reliable facts.  Only the fleeting hope that Americans, and the world by larger extent, are still so umbelievably gullible that we/they are going to continue swallowing what Murdoch is willing to feed us.

We can only hope that the rising star that WAS Murdoch’s empire…falls on it’s own bloody sword.

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2 Responses to “Smear Campaigns”

  1. Doug said

    Yeah, saw that. Obama doesn’t have a chance against the huge spin machine. It’s sad.

  2. I give the people of this country a little more credit for intelligence (sometimes TOO much) than those a-holes at FOX. I think this being the very beginning of the LONG political cycle, there will be many more smears to come. Question is, will this country fall for them for a THIRD time?

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