I wrote a special column today for the NYPost on how Barack Obama must do more to fight the smears — originating with members of his own team and extended family of slavering supporters — against Sarah Palin.
Megyn Kelly ripped a bumbling Us Weekly stooge here.
Erick Erickson of RedState has a suggestion: “We should encourage our readers to take the US Weekly magazines at their local grocery stores and stick them in the toilet paper section.” Hey, that’s an insult to the toilet paper.
Reader Kirk: “Why doesn’t the McCain camp ask Obama to return the money from the US Weekly owner?”
How Bam buds are smearing Sarah
by Michelle Malkin
Special to the NYPost
WHEN you point a finger, the old say ing goes, three fingers point back at you. When it comes to accusing his opponents of spreading vicious rumors, Barack Obama needs to pull back his finger and follow the other three.
Told of accusations that members of his team facilitated the avalanche of smears against GOP veep nominee Sarah Palin, he scoffed: “I am offended by that statement; there is no evidence at all that any of this involved us.” Obama insisted: “We don’t go after people’s families, we don’t get them involved in the politics. It is not appropriate and it is not relevant. Our people were not involved in any way in this and they will not be.”
Hmm. Depends on the meaning of “our people.” The new issue of Us Weekly hits newsstands Friday – hitting millions of readers with a smirk-attack on Gov. Palin, shown with her youngest son, Trig, in a photo plainly chosen to make her look weird.
The cover line: “BABIES, LIES & SCANDAL,” along with these juicy bullet-items:
“* Under attack, admits daughter, 17, is pregnant
“* Investigated for firing of sister’s ex-husband
“* Mom of five: New embarrassing surprises”
The story reads like a partisan hit job because, well, it is. Pimping the “report” to journalists at the Republican National Convention was Mark Neschis – a former Democrat flack turned corporate-communications chief for US Weekly’s owner, Wenner Media.
Wenner’s chief is Jann Wenner, a big-time Obama donor. In March, his flagship Rolling Stone ran a cover story dubbing Obama “The New Hope in the accompanying editorial, Wenner oozed: “We need to recover the spiritual and moral direction that should describe our country and ourselves.” In the July issue, he fawned over The Messiah’s “dazzling smile” in a seven-page sitdown interview. Rolling Stone put Obama’s face on the cover again over the summer. In June, Us Weekly ran a gushing cover story on Michelle and Barack Obama headlined, “Why Barack Loves Her.”
Obama could begin Wenner’s “spiritual and moral” recovery by condemning the use of gossip rags to wage partisan war on the Palin family.
And the Dem nominee can make good on his vow to fire smear-mongers by cutting loose one of his own people.
On Tuesday, much of the media – spurred by Obama supporters and left-wing blogs – falsely spread claims that Palin had been a member of the Alaskan Independence Party – many of whose members espouse secession. No state records exist of Palin’s membership in the party – and she’s been a registered Republican for more than a quarter-century. The New York Times had to retreat from its story on Palin’s “radical” ties, but the damage was done.
And Team Obama’s rumor-spreading wasn’t done yet. The Associated Press points to “Obama advisers and surrogates” who linked Palin this week to “conservative former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan.”
Mark Bubriski – Obama’s Florida spokesman – was one of those linkers. He sent an e-mail to the Miami Herald claiming: “Palin was a supporter of Pat Buchanan, a right-winger or as many Jews call him: a Nazi sympathizer.”
Wrong again. Palin attended a Buchanan visit to Alaska that year, but backed Steve Forbes’ White House run.
Offended yet, Barack?
To date, Bubriski has offered no apology and suffered no consequences. Meanwhile, MoveOn (which has endorsed Obama) has mass e-mailed the lie to thousands of activists.
Incensed at what it saw as unfair attacks on his character and family, the Obama campaign bought the domain name fightthesmears.com and launched an all-out effort in June to combat baseless rumors. But the site has been rather sleepy since its splashy debut.
To effect some change (and undo the damage done by his friends), maybe Obama would be willing to turn Fight the Smears over to Palin?