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Obama Exposes Right Wing "Whitey" Lie

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.

The Truth:

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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Comments (14)

Jeff:

This was started and pushed by a Hillary supporter from the start ...

the righty blogs (WizBang, NRO, Malkin) of course took an interest but always remained skeptical ...

turns out is was BS all along but it was liberal BS not righty bloggers ...

You should change your title ... :)

Jeff:
ke_future:

i think it's funny that you list Larry Johnson as part of the right wing attack machine. do you even know who he is or why that's funny?

oh yeah, and he's the guy who's really been pushing the whole tape thing.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Oh, sure, - the righties are running from this after being caught in so many other lies, so let's examine this one a little further.

You say it's was "started and pushed" by a Hillary supporter" - I'll call Bullshit on that.

From Kevin's post on Wizbang (emphasis mine):

Via NoQuarter, a pro-Hillary blog run by former CIA analyst Larry Johnson, comes this bit of information from GOP strategist Roger Stone about a potentially explosive Michelle Obama video where she is ranting against "whitey" at Trinity Church - the same church the abruptly resigned from last week.

So righties are innocent for "reporting the story" but reading Kevin's post Hillary supporter Larry Johnson only reported on the story being pushed by GOP strategist Roger Stone?

Let's see - right wing bloggers were happy to credit Stone as the source - until the story turned out to be total bullshit, -- at which point they pushed the blame onto Johnson?

gee, I'm surprised....

And let's examine anotherr of the reports on Wizbang which also pushed this story:

Kim Preistap:

Last night we heard Hillary say that she wasn't making any decisions anytime soon regarding her presidential bid. This gives her some time to see if she can raise more money and if the Michelle Obama "whitey" video surfaces today as the rumors say it will.

Where is the left-wing source in Priestap's reporting? She links back to Kevin's post, where the story was sourced by GOPer Stone.

Sorry, Jeff - but you guys have cried wolf on this one a little too many times. You link to "the truth" but all it is is a denial. And we should believe anything these liars say because...?

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Ke_future drank the kool aid too:

i think it's funny that you list Larry Johnson as part of the right wing attack machine. do you even know who he is or why that's funny?

oh yeah, and he's the guy who's really been pushing the whole tape thing.

Now we have the right wing liars lying about the lies they've told.

Eric:

Lee, Roger Stone was responding to Larry Johnson's May 31 post. However, Larry Johnson was the first person to start the whole rumour back on May 16.

http://noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/05/16/will-barack-throw-mama-from-the-train/

You know Larry quite well I imagine, from back in the days when you hated Obama and loved Hillary. Larry just hasn't gotten over Hillary like you have.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Larry Johnson? May 16? Here's what Johnson's May 16th post says:

I now have it from... four sources (three who are close to senior Republicans) that there is video dynamite-Michelle Obama railing against "whitey" at Jeremiah Wright's church.

Johnson's source was three high-up Republican sources, and one unidentified source, Eric - and Kevin's post identifies Stone as Johnson's source.

So let me say it again -- everyone was perfectly happy believing that Republican sources were behind this until it turned out to be bullshit at which point everyone, including you Eric, point at Johnson instead --

but when I checked the source you cite, Johnson's May 16th blog post, it once again leads back to Republicans behind this.

The sad thing is that I have no doubt that you really believe what you're saying... because the truth really sucks for Republicans. This is clearly a right wing smear that has turned out to be (so far) totally baseless.

And smearing a Clintonite is just icing on the cake, and probably just an attempt to incite Dem-on-Dem violence (lol).

Put down the kool-aid.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

And I will once again credit Michelle Malkin for not swallowing the kool-aid on this. She wrote:

All sorts of buffoons are hyping the story, the effect of which will be to undermine all legitimate criticism of Michelle Obama.

To all of you who keep bugging me about this subject, please stop sending me e-mail. Until and unless anyone actually produces a video, I'm not going to mention it again.

I've been hyper-critical of Malkin in the past, so credit where credit is due. She refused the right wing kool-aid on this issue at least.

Eric:

Lee, once again you really are showing what a clueless hack you are. Kevin's post does not identify Roger Stone as one of Larry Johnson's sources. If you actually click on the link in Kevin's post it shows where Larry Johnson is promoting that Roger Stone is confirming his story. Roger Stone later revealed that he really didn't have any sources he had never seen the tape, didn't know anyone who did and was basing his statement on Larry Johnson. So it was a circle jerk between the two of them.

Larry Johnson confirmed that Roger Stone confirmed what Larry Johnson said.

Watch the video of Roger Stone, he never says anything definitive about the tape other than he beleives there is a tape because so many people are talking about it.

Just because Larry Johnson says he has 2, no 3, no 4, no 5 Republican sources doesn't make it true. So far Larry Johnson has been all smoke and no fire.

And by the way. I said this was bullshit before everyone knew it was bullshit. I believe that this whole tape rumour has been a disinformation campaign by ex-CIA analyst Larry Johnson to defame Obama in order to make the superdelegates nervous and switch to Hillary all the while passing the blame on the Republicans. The first part may have failed but the second part sure has succeeded.

The only evidence that this is a Right Wing smear is by the guy who first made the smear. Don't you see where there might be some problem with that logic?

Ryan:

Lee, thanks for continuing to fight the good fight over here on Wizbangblue. I'm sure it's a thankless job. I know you and I had our run-ins during the primary, when this was Wizbanghillary, but I really admire and respect what you are doing.

Ryan:

Larry Johnson? Isn't he the guy who claimed he did coke with Obama and sucked his d#$k in the back of a limo?

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

I'll provide the quotes again, Eric -- feel free to provide your own quotes. Surely you can do better than just calling me names?

Kevin wrote:

Via NoQuarter, a pro-Hillary blog run by former CIA analyst Larry Johnson, comes this bit of information from GOP strategist Roger Stone about a potentially explosive Michelle Obama video where she is ranting against "whitey" at Trinity Church - the same church the abruptly resigned from last week.

"This bit of information from Roger Stone..."

and Larry Johnson wrote in the May 16 post that you said proved Johnson was the source...

I now have it from... four sources (three who are close to senior Republicans) that there is video dynamite-Michelle Obama railing against "whitey" at Jeremiah Wright's church.

Three senior Republicans were Johnson's source.

You wrote: "I believe that this whole tape rumour has been a disinformation campaign by ex-CIA analyst Larry Johnson to defame Obama "

I believe Republican operatives fed Johnson bad information about this "tape" knowing the Johnson would swallow it whole and spread it everywhere.

Johnson made a lot of noise about the tape, but he's not the source of the rumor, he's just an idiot who did his best to make people believe the rumor, and yes - his motives were to boost Clinton's chances.

Lee Ward:

Larry Johnson is a former CIA analyst who is known for controversial stands. Larry Sinclair is the jackass who claimed Obama had sex and cocaine with him in the back of a limo.

The Sinclair smear has been circulating more widely recently judging from the Wizbang Blue traffic stats -- this post about Sinclair has been getting a lot of hits over the last few days.

I took a lot of heat from my fellow libbies when I wrote posted Sinclair's claim, despite the fact that I identified it as farcical, and identified Sinclair as a wacko. My view is that you don't ignore these rumors and lies, you bring them out into the light of day and address them - run them down and expose them as the lies they are. Obama is now adopting that same philosophy instead of ignoring them

Old-school thought was you ignore the rumor and don't answer questions or give interviews on the subject, because once you do the MSM picks it up and prints the denial -- which can hurt just as much and publicize the story.

My thought is that you get out in front of the rumor, call it the bullshit that it is, and follow up on it as much as is needed to expose it as a lie.

Sinclair failed a polygraph test, and that proves he was lying, and if you google "Larry Sinclair Obama" you'll find posts I wrote on the subject high up on the google results list -- because I was out on the story early and addressing the story often.

So my posts, which exposed Sinclair as a liar, are among the first to be read by people interested in the rumor. I see that as a good thing, but as I said... I took a lot of heat because of it.

Eric:

Lee, How do you know Larry Johnson hasn't been lying about his sources all along?

Look he keeps changing the number of his sources. First it's 2 then 3 then 4 then 5, then it's down to 2 people who haven't actually seen the tape themselves but heard about it from other people who saw it. That sure makes it definitive.

You say that Republican operatives fed Johnson bad information and he fell for it. However, Larry at one point claims that one of his sources is a Democrat and prominent Obama supporter. How does that work with it being a Republican operation?

Let's work backwards from his various posts to see how the story changes.

On June 7 it's two sources.

Larry Johnson June 7, "I have not spoken directly with the people who have seen the tape, but I have spoken to two of my friends who are friends with those who watched the tape/dvd."

But wait, just five days EARLIER he had 5 SOLID sources for this tape. What happened did three people suddenly die?

Larry Johnson June 2, "I have not seen it but I have heard from five separate sources who have spoken directly with people who have seen the tape."

Hold on, because one of those 5 people is supposed to be an Obama supporter.

On May 21, Larry wrote, "I have it solid from four separate sources-one of whom is a prominent person who also happens to be an Obama supporter. Two of the people I have spoken with-one a Republican and one a Democrate-have spoken directly to people who have seen the tape."

Now we have 4 sources and one is a prominent Obama supporter. If this is a Republican smear and the tape never existed, why is he referring to a prominent Obama supporter confirming the existence of the tape?

On May 19 he has 4 sources but they were ALL Republicans, two days later on May 21 it's 3 Republicans and a Democrat.

On May 19 he wrote, "Four Republican sources have told me that the tape exists. I've also been informed that Karl Rove and his allies have a copy of it and are using it to raise funds for independent expenditure groups. The tape, I'm told, will be disclosed as the GOP October Surprise. It's a ticking time bomb.

And I've learned that a right-wing Republican billionaire has put a $1 million bounty on the video. He doesn't want John McCain to win, like a number of conservatives, and thinks Obama is a pathetically weak candidate. The billionaire wants that video released now. "

Four Republican sources, I repeat two days later he says that it is 3 Republicans and a Democrat. Look at all of the detail. We have Karl Rove who wants to wait until October, we have some mysterious billionaire who wants to release it now. If all of these people have it where is it? If the tape is bogus where is all of this supposedly unrelated info coming from.

His first post on the matter is on May 16, he wrote "I now have it from two three four sources (three who are close to senior Republicans) that there is video dynamite-Michelle Obama railing against "whitey" at Jeremiah Wright's church. "

He's bumps the number of sources from two to three to four sources all within the same post. Why do the number of sources keep changing and why on the same post? Throughout this he has from 2 to 5 sources, some are Republicans some are Democrats. Sometimes its all Republicans and sometimes its a mix of Republicans and Democrats. The number of sources changes up and down with the different posts. Those inconsistencies look like he is lying throughout. Then there is all of the added detail about Karl Rove, the mysterious billionaire, when, where and how the tape was shot. That looks like someone making up details to bolster the story.

On May 16 he also writes, "Does Barack have an obligation to tell the Democrats, super delegates in particular, about this tape? Did Barack and his campaign do their basic homework and identify this tape as a potential problem? And, more importantly, do they have a copy? Probably better to deal with this issue before the convention rather than wait for October. What do you think?"

Wait I thought one of his 4 sources was an Obama supporter, why does he have to wonder if Obama has a copy of the tape? Notice too how he brings in the Superdelegates. This goes with my theory that this was a ploy by Larry to scare the Superdelegates into voting for Hillary.


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