Monday, May 12, 2008

Obama, The Times & an inconvenient truth

John Hinderaker at Powerline posts the following [extract] after which I comment below the star line.

Hinderaker begins - - -

This has been noted by conservative sites like Little Green Footballs and Gateway Pundit, but if you haven't already seen it it's worth paying attention to.

It's no surprise that the media are in the tank for Barack Obama, but the willingness of the New York Times to simply misrepresent the facts--while pretending to act as a fact-checker!--is pretty breathtaking.

You may think the Times is an outlier, if not a joke, but I suspect that many more news outlets are prepared to follow the Times's lead in flat-out misreporting the facts, if that's what it takes to get Obama elected.

The Times story is "On McCain, Obama and a Hamas Link." It takes John McCain to task for pointing out that Hamas has endorsed Obama. The Times reporter, Larry Rohter, says that John McCain has "again portrayed the Democratic contender as being the favorite of Hamas, the militant Palestinian group."

Of course, this is not McCain's "portrayal;" it is an indisputable fact that Hamas has endorsed Obama and has said that it hopes he will be elected. But the paper's most egregious error, in its campaign "fact check" column, is yet to come.

Rohter notes that charges and counter-charges have gone back and forth between the McCain and Obama campaigns, but Rohter judges that McCain is mostly at fault:

But important nuances appear to have been lost in the partisan salvos, particularly on Mr. McCain’s side.
McCain, Rohter writes, is guilty because he says that Obama has advocated "unconditional" meetings with Iran's President:
[I]n a fund-raising letter sent out in April, a spokesman for Mr. McCain wrote: “We need change in America, but not the kind of change that wins kind words from Hamas, surrenders in Iraq and will hold unconditional talks with Iranian President Ahmadinejad.”
That, the Times says, is wrong. It quotes Obama adviser Susan Rice denying that Obama has advocated "unconditional" talks with Ahmadinejad:
Susan E. Rice, a former State Department and National Security Council official who is a foreign policy adviser to the Democratic candidate, said that “for political purposes, Senator Obama’s opponents on the right have distorted and reframed” his views. Mr. McCain and his surrogates have repeatedly stated that Mr. Obama would be willing to meet “unconditionally” with Mr. Ahmadinejad. But Dr. Rice said that this was not the case for Iran or any other so-called “rogue” state.
That's good enough for the New York Times's "fact checkers." The problem is that, contrary to his campaign's current revisionist effort, Obama plainly has advocated unconditional talks with Iran on several occasions.

He was caught on YouTube doing exactly that during one of the Democratic debates. Not only that, Obama's web site contains this statement:
Diplomacy: Obama is the only major candidate who supports tough, direct presidential diplomacy with Iran without preconditions.
Now that it is convenient for Obama to retreat from his conciliatory attitude toward Iran and other bitterly anti-American states, the Times is happy to help him cover his tracks, even though Obama's own web site confirms that, exactly as the McCain campaign said, Obama has advocated talks with Iran "without preconditions."

The rest of Hinderaker's post is here.


I don't think most Obama's supporters are surprised by his "revision" of what's now an inconvenient truth.

On the other hand, I'll bet many of them are upset Team Obama hasn't yet erased the truth from his web site.

But we can expect that to happen very soon.

When it does, how do you think the Times will report it?

Or will the Times decide "airbrushing" the now inconvenient truth isn't news fit to print?

Stay tuned.


Anonymous said...

John -

Obama seems to have a problem with the truth, and the MSM (unsurprisingly) is covering for him. So you are right, the NYT is not alone in this endeavor. See Peter Wehner's piece in NRO, Wrong From the Beginning at:

Jack in Silver Spring

Anonymous said...

The NYT keeps alive the spirit of Pravda, Izvestia, and Workers' World Daily. Print it only if it agrees with your agenda. Why in the world is anyone surprised that Pinch Sulzberger is such a leftist bigot?
Tarheel Hawkeye

Archer05 said...

At The Real Clear Politics blog:

"Obama Finds the Flag in West Virginia"

"He's campaigning in Charleston right now, and I can't help but notice he's wearing a flag pin on his lapel and has two huge American flags as his backdrop."
There goes the Code Pink vote.

Archer05 said...

Oopsie! Obama adviser a little too chummy with Hamas.
By see-dubya

Robert Malley, one of Barack Obama’s Middle East policy advisers disclosed that he had held meetings with the militant Palestinian group Hamas - prompting the likely Democratic nominee to [sever all links with him.]
Under the bus with you! News story on a Friday afternoon, while nobody’s watching.

It’s getting crowded under that bus!