Saturday, April 19, 2008

Quite the Dilemma for CNN

Report the facts, or smear a Republican candidate for President?

One guess as to which one they chose.

Rob at Say Anything links to this CNN Political Ticker post on Barack Obama's "coveted" Hamas endorsement. But, rather than pass along factual information to their readers, they go out of their way to push this story as a McCain mudslinging attack on Obama.

(CNN) — John McCain’s campaign sent supporters a fundraising e-mail Friday that claims Hamas approves of Democrat Barack Obama’s foreign policy vision, and is hoping for his victory this fall.

“Barack Obama's foreign policy plans have even won him praise from Hamas leaders,” writes McCain deputy campaign manager Christian Ferry. “Ahmed Yousef, chief political adviser to the Hamas Prime Minister said, ‘We like Mr. Obama and we hope he will win the election. He has a vision to change America.’”

That uncredited quote is drawn from an interview published Monday by conservative news site World Net Daily, whose current headlines include “District bans 'John 3:16,' promotes demonic leer” and “Lesbian demands custody of Christian mom's 6-year-old.

See! There's no way the story can be true! It came from a bitter website that clings to God and guns!

Look! The Goodyear blimp!!!

Much better to throw up smokescreens to discredit the source of a story you find objectionable, than to take all of twelve four seconds to click around the internet and find the audio recording of the interview, in which Ahmed Yousef actually says that Hamas leadership is hoping for an Obama victory in November.

Perhaps, CNN's next ploy will be to discredit WABC radio by reporting that their current headlines include such hate speech as "12 killed in Baghdad clashes, Iraqi officials say" and "Thailand beefs up security for Olympic torch run".

Needless to say, the Obamapostles commenting on that post at CNN Political Ticker are lapping that shit up like a pack of dogs with their heads buried in a bucket of antifreeze.