2008年6月13日金曜日

オバマ 中傷との闘い

オバマが中傷との闘いを宣言したようだ。
父親がムスリムなのに洗礼はキリスト教では一般的にはおかしいだろう。
それに、母親と、再婚相手の義父とともに、インドネシアに在住と言うが
インドネシアでもムスリムは多い。
ミッシェルは教会の女性イベントで"Whitey"と言ったテープがあるとのこと。
教会での話であれば、多くの人が聞いている。一人くらいは共和党の支持者が
いるはずで、話は噂となるのだろう。
「火の無い所に煙はたたず」ではあるが、金が絡んでくると、無いものが
突然あるものに変わることもあり、事実は本人しかわからないかもしれない。


---「中傷との闘い」宣言 オバマ氏が反撃サイト---
2008年6月13日 11時21分
http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/s/article/2008061390112158.html

 【ワシントン12日共同】米大統領選の民主党候補指名を確定したオバマ上院議員の陣営が、「オバマはイスラム教徒」などといったうわさや中傷に徹底的に反論するサイト「中傷との闘い」を立ち上げた。11月の本選に向け、共和党の攻撃が激しくなることを見越して先手を打つ狙いだ。
 初の黒人大統領を目指すオバマ氏はミドルネームが「フセイン」。父親はケニア人、インドネシアで育った特殊な経歴などから、指名争いの過程では保守派に「イスラム教徒」と攻撃され、自分はキリスト教徒だと弁明に追われてきた。
 サイトで列挙されたうわさは「オバマはイスラム教徒」「マドラサ(イスラム神学校)に通っていた」などのほか、ミシェル夫人が白人を侮辱する言葉を使い、そのテープも存在するなどといったさまざまな話。
 これに対し「オバマがイスラム教徒だったことはない」「そんなテープはどこにも存在しない」などと逐一反論、写真や動画なども交えて「真実」を解説している。


---FixCam: Obama Tries to 'Fight the Smears'---
By Chris Cillizza | June 12, 2008; 1:54 PM ET
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/thefix/2008/06/obama_tries_to_fight_the_smear.html?hpid=topnews

Barack Obama's campaign revealed a Web site this morning entitled "Fight the Smears" -- aimed at, you guessed it -- beating back misinformation, half truths or downright lies being spread about the Democratic nominee via television, the Web, radio and, most pervasively, e-mail.

"The Obama campaign isn't going to let dishonest smears spread across the internet unanswered," explained campaign spokesman Tommy Vietor. "Whenever challenged with these lies we will aggressively push back with the truth and help our supporters debunk the false rumors floating around the internet."

The aggressive move on behalf of the Obama campaign to combat these sorts of whisper campaigns is a tacit recognition that the rumors floating around about the candidate (and his wife) -- e.g. he is secretly a Muslim, he doesn't put his hand over his heart during the pledge of allegiance, Michelle Obama used the term "whitey" in a speech -- won't simply go away on their own and have the capacity to inflict real harm on the campaign.

Misinformation campaigns dealing with either a specific candidate or a political party are nothing new in politics, nor are the so-called "dirty tricksters" who revel in making mischief.

Two things are different about the 2008 campaign that make a Web site like "Fight the Smears" something close to a necessity for Obama.

First, the speed at which information -- whether via e-mail, instant message, anonymous video posting on YouTube etc. -- travels the news pathways has increased exponentially over even the last four years. An e-mail or Web video can be forwarded to thousands upon thousand of people within a moment and be almost instantaneously viewed and forwarded again. Perceptions can solidify within a day or even an hour, so leaving ANY charge unanswered in this environment is a recipe for disaster.

Second, the sheer level of misinformation/whispers/innuendo is FAR higher as it relates to Obama than any candidate in recent memory. Obama has been dealing with the insinuation that he is a Muslim for much of the campaign and, no matter how clear the facts are in the case, the rumor seems to persist in some circles. (Need evidence? Check out this story from the Lexington Herald-Leader last month.)

Given the seeming determination of some people to traffic in negative and false information about Obama, there is a far larger burden on Obama than on previous presidential candidates to fight back hard and quickly.

Will it work? "Fight the Smears" isn't likely to convince people who are inclined to believe the worst about Obama that the rumors out there about him aren't true. But that's not the site's target audience. Instead, it is designed to make sure that people who haven't developed any hard and fast opinions about Obama don't make up their mind based on half truths and innuendo. In that, it is an innovative tool born of the necessity of the pace (and nastiness) of modern campaigns.


---Fight the Smears | Fight the Smears Home---
http://my.barackobama.com/page/content/fightthesmearshome/

Smear:
Michelle Obama Says “Whitey” On a Tape

LIE: Rush Limbaugh says a tape exists of Michelle Obama using the word “whitey” from the pulpit of Trinity United

LIE: Blogger Larry Johnson writes “New and dramatic developments. This is a heads up. I'll post the news Monday morning by 0900 hours.”

LIE: Proven GOP sleazemeister Roger Stone says he has “credible evidence that some indelible record exists” of a tape of Michelle Obama using the term “whitey.”

LIE: Blogger: “Tape was filmed between June 26th - July 1st 2004 in Chicago, IL at the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition Conference at Trinity United Church: specifically the Women's Event.”

No Such Tape Exists


Smear:
Barack Obama's birth certificate

LIE: Barack Obama is hiding his birth certificate

You can see his birth certificate here


Smear:
Barack Obama is a Muslim

LIE: Barack Obama is a Muslim

LIE: Barack Obama attended a radical madrassa

LIE: Senator Obama was sworn into the US Senate using the Koran

Senator Obama has never been a Muslim, was not raised a Muslim, and is a committed Christian

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