The Obama campaign launched a website to fight back against the right wing smear machine, aptly titled "Fight the Smears". At the top of their list today is the right wing meme, pushed hard on our sister site "Wizbang" (see here, here and here), which claims Michelle Obama used the term "Whitey" repeatedly in a videotape that was just minutes away from being released on the internet (pant, pant, pant).
Turns out that it's the usual right wing bull. To her credit, Michelle Malkin told the right wing blogosphere to back off, and that she would not report on this make-believe fantasy, until the supposed "evidence" actually surfaced. So far, no tape.
So how does the new "anti-smear" Obama site address the issue? B calling it was it is - a Lie.
LIE: Rush Limbaugh says a tape exists of Michelle Obama using the word "whitey" from the pulpit of Trinity United
LIE: Blogger Larry Johnson writes "New and dramatic developments. This is a heads up. I'll post the news Monday morning by 0900 hours."
LIE: Proven GOP sleazemeister Roger Stone says he has "credible evidence that some indelible record exists" of a tape of Michelle Obama using the term "whitey"
LIE: Blogger: "Tape was filmed between June 26th - July 1st 2004 in Chicago, IL at the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition Conference at Trinity United Church: specifically the Women‚ Event."
LIE: Proven GOP sleazemeister Roger Stone said on Fox News on June 1st that "there's a buzz, which I believe now to be credible, that some indelible record exists" of a tape of Michelle Obama using the term "whitey."
Apparently, what made the lie "credible" to Fox News is that it was repeated over and over by other liars.
So when the Obama campaign denied this happened the right wing smear machine's response was... More lies.
Lie: "The Michelle Obama Rant Tape was filmed between June 26th - July 1st 2004 in Chicago, IL at the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition Conference at Trinity United Church: specifically the Women's Event."
The Truth: Michelle Obama was not on a panel, and the Rainbow Push Conference was at the Sheraton.
Lies, lies lies..and the right wing liars who tell them and repeat them and push them over and over again. When will it end?
We can change the equation, and chase the liars out of the White House this November.
Good luck finding a correction on any of those (pant, pant, pant) breathless postings trumpeting this apparent outright, flat out lie.
Related: Fox News couldn't resist smearing Obama as well.
The Fox News Channel recently labeled her "Obama's baby mama," slang for a woman who has a baby without a romantic relationship or marriage. Fox also raised the inflammatory suggestion that she gave her husband a "terrorist fist jab" when they bumped knuckles the night he clinched the nomination.
Update: The infamous tape has actually surfaced (h/t Alex)
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