Monday, May 3, 2010

Drudge continues to push 'Obama cheating scandal,' The Globe now in on the game

Posted by Chris Haire on Mon, May 3, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Although mainstream media has yet to jump on the so-called Obama cheating scandal, tabloid journalists — of the political and entertainment variety — have fully realized they've got the beach read of the next news cycle on their hands.

Political tabloid journalist Matt Drudge continues to hawk the story, this time linking to a 2008 Daily Mail (U.K.) report on Obama's alleged paramour.

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In Oct. 2008, the Daily Mail reported:

Barack Obama is the target of a shadowy smear campaign designed to derail his bid for the US Presidency by falsely claiming he had a close friendship with an attractive African-American female employee.

The whispers focus on a young woman who in 2004 was hired to work on his team for his bid to become a senator.

The woman was purportedly sidelined from her duties after Senator Obama’s wife, Michelle, became convinced that he had developed a personal friendship with her.

The Mail adds:

In the most commonly-purveyed version of the rumour, she was ‘exiled’ to a Caribbean island because Michelle Obama objected to her job on the 2004 campaign.

A lawyer representing the woman said: ‘Although her duties on the [2004] campaign changed over time, there was never any hint that Mrs Obama had any concerns about her relationship with the Senator or played any role in recommending a change in her duties.’

According to our investigation into the rumours, they originated with political veterans who claim to be loyal Democrats.

They have tried to persuade reporters that they have the woman’s interests at heart.

One of the sources who has been circulating the rumours admitted never meeting the woman but claimed he has spoken to ‘a group of African American’ women who are
her friends and believe she was mistreated.

Hmm. A nice little bit of hearsay there. Very nice indeed.

The Mail latter reports, of course, that they spoke to the woman in question and that she more or less says the rumor-mongers are full of shit, adding that she moved to the Caribbean to be with the man that she loved. Ahh.

Meanwhile, the supermarket tabloid The Globe is following in the National Enquirer's footsteps by running their own report on Barack's alleged dalliance with former campaign worker Vera Black.

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I couldn't find a copy of the latest issue of the Enquirer yesterday, but I'll got out later today and see if it — and the latest issue of The Globe — are out.

Now, I'm of the opinion that the mainstream media should certainly address this story, for one, to determine whether any of this is true or not (and judging by the, um, evidence so far, it looks highly unlikely), and, two, if it's not, to show exactly how tabloid outlets like the National Enquirer, The Globe, and the Drudge Report operate.

Politics is a dirty business, and too often the media, publicly at least, fails to acknowledge that not everyone's intentions are true.

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