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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Nope. No bias here.
Posted by Jill | 9:50 AM
Actual Washington Post headline:



Since declaring his candidacy for president in February, Obama, a member of a congregation of the United Church of Christ in Chicago, has had to address assertions that he is a Muslim or that he had received training in Islam in Indonesia, where he lived from ages 6 to 10. While his father was an atheist and his mother did not practice religion, Obama's stepfather did occasionally attend services at a mosque there.

Despite his denials, rumors and e-mails circulating on the Internet continue to allege that Obama (D-Ill.) is a Muslim, a "Muslim plant" in a conspiracy against America, and that, if elected president, he would take the oath of office using a Koran, rather than a Bible, as did Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the only Muslim in Congress, when he was sworn in earlier this year.

In campaign appearances, Obama regularly mentions his time living and attending school in Indonesia, and the fact that his paternal grandfather, a Kenyan farmer, was a Muslim. Obama invokes these facts as part of his case that he is prepared to handle foreign policy, despite having been in the Senate for only three years, and that he would literally bring a new face to parts of the world where the United States is not popular.


This is how it works, folks. Wingnuts put something "out there" -- Obama is a Muslim spy. Hillary is fucking her female Arab assistant. John Edwards had an affair. It doesn't have to be true; it doesn't even have to have anything to it other than what's pulled out of wingnut ass. All Republicans have to do is put something "out there" and out-and-out lies become just an "alternative view" deserving of equal time to facts. Because as Stephen Colbert said, facts have a liberal bias.

Meanwhile, Rudy Giuliani DOES have ties to terrorists by having a government that harbored Khalid Sheikh Muhammed as a business client, and it's nowhere to be found in either the Washington Post or the New York Times.

This is the kind of campaign journalism we're going to get until November 2008: Republicans good. Democrats bad. Rumors true. Facts false.


(h/t: Digby)

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