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It's to be expected. It would be a shock if it didn't happen. A wildly popular upstart with an odd name drawing huge crowds and winning primaries by the handfuls over a brand name opponent, necessitates it. An inspirational speaker the likes of whom we haven't seen in America for a generation, demands it. The shattered "permanent majority" ambitions of a corrupt and lawless opposition party made up of far right extremists, seeks vengeance in it.
Lies about Barack Obama that can't or won't take truth for an answer.
Several folks who comment on Ohio.com's blogs and interactive columns repeat the lies, hoping, I suppose, that the lies will be continually repeated on some never-ending loop cycle, EVEN IF they aren't true, thus damaging Obama in the same way John Kerry was damaged by the media through the Swiftboat lies.
The lies are never offered to rebut the truth. With the vast right wing communication Wurlitzer, lies are never dropped, no matter how often they are rebutted by truth. The lies are made and repeated endlessly to place that one seed of doubt in the meme-susceptible brain cells of today's media consumers. That's why the lies can't take truth for an answer. Those who spread and repeat the lies have no interest in truth, they only want to keep the lies growing and spreading.
Yes, I'm stating the obvious, however, what's new in recent American history is the media's handling of lies that can't take truth for an answer. Today the lies of the moral values conservative right, even when answered exhaustively with detailed truth, are never put to rest. Modern media members, whom I lovingly refer to as Knee Padders, continue to report both sides even after the truth has clearly exposed the lies for what they are....lies.
Fearful, perhaps, that they won't remain part of the Kewl Kidz in D.C., Knee Padders state the lies, state the truthful response to the lies and never, ever, tell you who is right and who is....lying. That would be "taking sides." The modern media act as referees instead of reporters. By doing so they give credence to the lies and are, therefore, complicit in the spreading of them.
Speaking in Cleveland, Ohio, here are Obama's truthful answers to lies that won't take truth for an answer.
On Obama's alleged hatred of Israel because his pastor allegedly hates Israel....
“It is true that my Pastor, Jeremiah Wright,.... is somebody who on occasion can say controversial things.
He was very active in the South Africa divestment movement and you will recall that there was a tension that arose between the African American and the Jewish communities During that period when we were dealing with apartheid in South Africa, because Israel and South Africa had a relationship at that time. And that cause – that was a source of tension. So there have been a couple of occasions where he made comments with relation, rooted in that. Not necessariary ones that I share. But that is the context within which he has made those comments."
On Louis Farrakhan and Obama's pastor.....
"He(the pastor) does not have a close relationship with Louis Farrakhan. Louis Farrakhan is a resident of Chicago and as a consequence he has been active in a range of community activities, particularly around ex-offenders and dealing with them. I have been a consistent, before I go any further, a consistent denunciator of Louis Farrakhan, nobody challenges that.
I have never heard anything that would suggest anti-Semitism on part of the Pastor. He is like an old uncle who sometimes will say things that I don’t agree with."
On the lying blanket e-mails being sent out, the same lies Ghost brings to the comments section of Ohio.com....
"...the emails suggest that A. that I am Muslim, B. that I went to a madrassa C. that I used a Koran to swear myself into the Senate D. That I don’t pledge allegiance to the flag.
You know we saw what happened with the swiftboat situation back in 2004. All you have to do is run the ad once and then it gets repeated.
..in fact I have never been a Muslim. We had to send CNN to look at the school that I attended in Indonesia where kids were wearing short pants and listening to ipods to indicate that this was not a madrassa but was a secular school in Indonesia. Where I attended for two year prior to coming back to Hawaii.
My grandfather who was Kenyan converted to Christianity then converted to Islam, my father never practiced he was basically agnostic and so other than my name and the fact that I lived in a populous Muslim country for 4 years when I was a child I have very little connection to the Islamic religion. But these are the kind of things that you deal with in politics." Link
On the national anthem....
After a town hall meeting in Lorain, Ohio, a reporter asked Obama about "an attempt by conservatives and Republicans to paint you as unpatriotic."
The reporter cited the fact that Obama once failed to put his hand over his heart while singing the national anthem.
Obama replied that his choice not to put his hand on his heart is a behavior that "would disqualify about three-quarters of the people who have ever gone to a football game or baseball game."
On the ridiculous accusation that Obama supports the now defunct Weather Underground.....
....the New York Sun reported that as an Illinois state senator in 2001, Obama accepted a $200 contribution from William Ayers, a founder of the group who was not convicted for the bombings and now works as a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
...a spokesman for the Obama campaign, William Burton, said, "Sen. Obama strongly condemns the violent actions of the Weathermen group, as he does all acts of violence ... But he was an 8-year-old child when Ayers and the Weathermen were active, and any attempt to connect Obama with events of almost 40 years ago is ridiculous." Link
In today's political arena, truth tellers running for office have two huge barriers to attempt to get over.....the 'ends justify the lying means' of the rabid extremist right AND a Knee Pad media that can't or won't report what is true and what is false.
In spite of those ever-present barriers, it appears that Barack Obama may succeed in the first step of his campaign. But the general election campaign period awaits us. It will, I predict, be an ugly and depressing sight to behold. Truth will be told by Obama but never accepted as an answer because of the extremism of those who can't accept truth for an answer.
The Knee Pad establishment media, which already adores John McCain and has for a long time, will "report" on any disputes over accuracy or accusations of lying by exercising their spineless "he said, he said", style of journalism. One lie after another directed at Obama will go unresolved by the Knee Padders who will continue to repeat the lies as if the lies have not been addressed. In the debilitated brains of today's reporters, stating the empirical truth, thus putting an end to the lie, would be taking sides, and that, these 4th Columnists suggest, would be demonstrating bias on their part.
History over the last 16 years validates what I'm saying. Starting with the Bill Clinton "scandals", proceeding to the reprehensible Clinton impeachment, traveling through the 2000 selection, and speeding up through the lawless presidency of George W. Bush.....nothing has been settled in America. Lies from the past are carried forward and coupled with contemporary lies and together are continually forwarded as rebuttals of what is demonstrable truth.
The Knee Pad media industry has assisted this process every step of the way by refusing to take truth for an answer. They will only intensify their unAmerican efforts as the general election draws nearer.
The CNN link in this post is a case study on what I'm suggesting.
UPDATE: On the lapel pin nonsense go here to be drenched in the hypocrisy.