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Editorial: Fake racism vs. actual racism

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Sen. Barack Obama is a Muslim. He went to a Muslim seminary and is a citizen of Kenya. He doesn’t recite the Pledge of Allegiance and took his oath of office on the Quran. He’s in a pseudo-Christian cult that hates white people. He is a distant cousin of Saddam Hussein. He hates Jews. And it’s possible – quite possible, really – that he’s a Manchurian candidate sent here by the radical Islamists to ascend to the presidency and then basically turn this country into Afghanistan West. We’ll all be wearing turbans, dropping to our knees in prayer five times a day and eating weird yogurt.

And that wife of his, Michelle Obama… well it’s fairly common knowledge that she hates America, but did you know that there’s a tape out there somewhere of her standing at the pulpit of Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church in Chicago – the Obamas’ church for 20 years, don’t forget – using the word “whitey” over and over and over as she slams down her fist.

The problem here is not that everything in those first two paragraphs is completely false – it is. The problem is that after bouncing around in the echo chamber of right-wing radio, the blogosphere and agenda-holding newspapers, these lies have gained more traction than they deserve and people – stupid people – believe them and repeat them to other stupid people.

It’s the reason Obama’s campaign started the fightthesmears.com website, which debunks some of these lies and is working to quash the others. Whether it will work is still up in the air; as the saying goes, a lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can get its boots on.

But there are other things that have been said about the Obamas that are more verifiable than these whispers and blogged-about innuendoes. For example, Fox News has recently been referring to Michelle Obama as Barack’s “baby mama.” Racist? You betcha. And also a false statement, as everybody knows, the term “baby mama” is a modern appellation used to describe of the mother of a man’s child to whom he is not married. Everybody, apparently, except the folks at Fox News.

The Obamas’ fist bump after he won the Democratic nominbation, commonly known as “daps,” was the subject of a segment on that same channel. Talking head ED Hill teased the segment with the query, “A fist bump? A pound? A terrorist fist jab?”

She has since been demoted to an off-air position, but that is as far as accountability goes in the big business of smearing Barack and Michelle Obama.

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