Obama Answers Questions About the "Whitey" Tape
The BIG FEED reports…
“Whitey” Tape Has Legs?
Barack Obama answered questions about the “whitey” tape today.
Ben Smith has details:
Sen. Barack Obama on Thursday batted down rumors circulating on the Internet and mentioned on some cable news shows of the existence of a video of his wife using a derogatory term for white people, and criticized a reporter for asking him about the rumor, which has not a shred of evidence to support it.
“We have seen this before. There is dirt and lies that are circulated in e-mails and they pump them out long enough until finally you, a mainstream reporter, asks me about it,” Obama said to the McClatchy reporter during a press conference aboard his campaign plane. “That gives legs to the story. If somebody has evidence that myself or Michelle or anybody has said something inappropriate, let them do it.”
Asked whether he knew it not to be true, Obama said he had answered the question.
“Frankly, my hope is people don’t play this game,” Obama said. “It is a destructive aspect of our politics. Simply because something appears in an e-mail, that should lend it no more credence than if you heard it on the corner. Presumably the job of the press is to not to go around and spread scurrilous rumors like this until there is actually anything, an iota, of substance or evidence that would substantiate it.”
So was it even acceptable to ask the question?
Before Obama could answer, communications director Robert Gibbs interjected: “You just did.”
“That is my point,” Obama said. “I just think people have to think about it before they ask.”
But, Obama did not deny that the “white folks greed run a world in need” quote was actually him:
That was something he heard in church, of course.
Could you imagine a Republican saying something like that about any other ethnic group?
Related… STACLU has a list of things about Obama that are NOT rumor.
UPDATE: Reason Magazine has a good review of the Michelle Obama “whitey” tape saga.