Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Lies Repeated Often Enough: "Obama" bin Laden

Score one for the smear merchants. Senator Barack Obama has been rechristened Barack Hussein on FOX News, and occasional "mistakes" have been made when talking about a certain son of the bin Laden family, replacing Osama with Obama. And we're told that it's just flourishes or honest mistakes, and why is he getting so upset if he's got nothing to hide, anyway?

This is why:

BLITZER: Senator Obama is used to having his name mangled and his ties to the Muslim world questioned. But today it was literally in his face.

At an "Associated Press" luncheon right here in Washington, Obama was asked a question about Osama bin Laden. Listen closely to how the questioner mispronounced the fugitive al Qaeda leader's name.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Can you imagine shifting a substantial number of Afghanistan -- a substantial number to Afghanistan? For the Taliban has been gaining strength and Obama bin Laden (sic) is still at large.

OBAMA: I think that was o Osama bin Laden.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If I did that, I'm so sorry.

OBAMA: No, no, no. This is part of -- part of the -- part of the exercise that I've been going through over the last 15 months, which is why it's pretty impressive I'm still standing here.


If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it. Score one for FAUX News.

h/t Crooks & Liars


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