The Associated Press’ attack on Barack Obama’s patriotism will make people forget about the flap over The New York Times’ controversial story about John McCain.
At least, the New York Times’ story had a point to it. McCain’s relationships with lobbyists have been under scrutiny for years. The Times was wrong to suggest that the Arizona senator may have had romantic relationship with lobbyist Vicki Iseman without proof but all in all the paper’s story is holding up. (I’ve done freelance work for the Times). The same cannot be said about the AP’s story about the supposed lack of patriotism of Barack Obama. From the AP:
Sen. Barack Obama’s refusal to wear analong with a photo of him not putting his hand over his heart during the National Anthem led conservatives on Internet and in the media to question his patriotism.
Now Obama’s wife, Michelle, has drawn their ire, too, for saying recently that she’s really proud of her country for the first time in her adult life.
Conservative consultants say that combined, the cases could be an issue for Obama in the general election if he wins the nomination, especially as he runs against.
This is the worst kind of hack journalism. Only the wacko right wing fringe of the Republican party is making an issue of the Obama’s patriotism. Daily Kos notes: “the article was written by AP reporter Nedra Pickler, who is notorious for peddling Republican lies that John Kerry was as effete snob who lied about his service in Vietnam. She was recently criticized for spreading Republican misinformation that Obama never gives policy speeches, which Media Matters refuted. Nedra Pickler is also married to a FOX News employee, Eric Conner.”
Hmm, it sounds like the AP has some explaining to do.