Friday, October 24, 2008
Conservatives, desperate to blast Obama from his lead, attack his Hawaii visit
by Larry Geller
It’s really getting vicious out there in right-wing medialand:
Conservative media figures allege Obama's Hawaii trip is about discredited birth-certificate rumors, not his ailing grandmother
Summary: Michael Savage, Rush Limbaugh, and Jerome Corsi suggested or asserted that the true purpose of Sen. Barack Obama's current trip to Hawaii is not to visit his ailing grandmother, as Obama claims, but rather to address rumors -- widely debunked -- that Obama has failed to produce a valid U.S. birth certificate. However, in addition to FactCheck.org and a Hawaiian Health Department official, even Corsi's employer, the right-wing website WorldNetDaily, has reportedly determined that the birth certificate provided by the Obama campaign is authentic. [Media Matters for America, 10/23/2008]
See the full articles for details of what these nasty people are saying.
They have a large audience who will probably believe whatever they say. But then, few if any of them are likely to vote for Obama anyway, I think it’s safe to say.
Coverage outside of the desperate conservative talk shows seems to be sympathetic. Here’s the New York Times, For Obama, a Melancholy Biography Tour, for example. The world has learned one new word in Hawaiian, Tutu (grandmother).
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