‘Whitey’ Video Rumor about Michelle Obama Called Republican Smear Campaign
The above FOX News video clip helped to spread a rumor that we’d be seeing a video or hearing a tape in which Michelle Obama, the wife of Democratic Presidential Nominee, Senator Barack Obama, shared a platform with Minister Louis Farrakhan and insulted white Americans by referring to them as “whitey.”
Supposedly, the mystery recording has been secretly tucked away only to be revealed as a big surprise during the general election between Obama and Senator John McCain. In the FOX News clip, Republican strategist Roger Stone swore by all that is holy that he had verified the tapes existence through ‘credible’ witnessess. Michael Brown quickly dismissed Stone’s assertions as Republican dirty tricks. To date, no tape or video has surfaced. The reason why? There is no such recording. There is no tape. According to Politico.com:
“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.”
A blogger named Larry Johnson started the rumor, which has spread like wildfire and has even crept into mainstream media reporting. Sadly, Senator Obama finds himself continuously distracted from the real issues of the campaign while address vicious rumors over and over again.