Smearing Obama

Ari Berman, the Nation

Even if the false claims about Obama originally emanated from the neoconservative right, the Clinton campaign has eagerly pushed them. Clinton operative Sidney Blumenthal has e-mailed damaging stories about Obama to reporters, including a recent article by Batchelor. Clinton fundraiser Annie Totah circulated a column by Ed Lasky before Super Tuesday, with the inscription “Please vote wisely in the Primaries.” Clinton adviser Ann Lewis falsely referred to Zbigniew Brzezinski, a critic of AIPAC, as a chief adviser to Obama on a conference call with Jewish reporters. “I can tell you for a fact people from the Clinton campaign are calling reporters and asking them to pay attention to things involving Obama and Israel,” says Shmuel Rosner, Washington correspondent for the Israeli daily Ha’aretz. The volume of e-mails about Obama in a given state tends to track the election calendar–hardly a coincidence.

Published in: on March 15, 2008 at 6:54 pm  Comments (5)  

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  1. How is it smearing Obama to circulate things about his record? Is there anything that is actually untrue in what has been circulating. I would think circulating true information about your opponent in order to get votes is something that politicians ought to do. Why is it that every time Hillary Clinton sends an email or criticizes Obama as seen as somehow unfair? I was unaware that Sen. Obama was a Perfect Person.

  2. Lots of untruths, read the damn article! The first paragraph is a litany of the lies.

    He’s a Muslim. He was sworn into office on the Koran. He doesn’t say the Pledge of Allegiance. His pastor is an anti-Semite. He’s a tool of Louis Farrakhan. He’s anti-Israel. His advisers are anti-Israel. He’s friends with terrorists. The terrorists want him to win. He’s the Antichrist.

    Are you proud of Hillary’s people spreading lies? Then vote for her.

  3. I will vote for Hillary Clinton. I have never received a single email with any of those slurs about Obama from the Clinton campaign. I know those things are not true about Obama, but I don’t see how Sen. Clinton is responsible for them.

  4. If Obama and Clinton don’t sit down soon and work things out, we may end up with President McCain.

  5. If the Centralists continue this sort of Republican assault, they will find themselves without a place set for them at the table. I don’t see the value of burning bridges when you have a river to cross in winning the November election.

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