4.14.2009

Conservative Bloggers Claiming Obama Troop Visit "Staged"

Oh, you poor things. Is this ALL you have left? Have some of you forgotten to take you medications? I know losing an election by such a wide margin must have been demoralizing, but seriously. Now you're really scary me. I can understand Malkin's motivation; she never lets' facts get in the way of her diatribes, but the rest of you? Come on. Really?

From Greg Sargent:

There’s a claim making the rounds right now on the top right wing blogs that the image of wildly-cheering troops during Obama’s visit with them in Iraq was staged.

The charge appears to be that Obama’s team manufactured the image by cherry-picking in advance troops who said they’d voted for Obama, giving cameras to them, and asking them to point them towards their Commander in Chief.

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The basis for the whole claim appears to be an email that a talk radio guy says he received from an anonymous sergeant in Iraq. That sergeant claimed that the audience had been “pre-screened” and added: “They even handed out digital cameras and asked them to hold them up.”

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