Friday, January 19, 2007

Insight: Sources: Clinton camp concluded Obama concealed Muslim faith/education

We just want truth...

Update: January 28, 2007

Thursday, January 25, 2007
Posted 8:40 PM by Scoobie

...The smear was to falsely suggest that Obama had a radical Muslim upbringing and was supposedly concealing his past. The story is a double whammy in that it attributes the smear to Hillary Clinton's campaign. ...But the smears by Insight's editor Jeffrey T. Kuhner on Sean Hannity's radio show today were even more nefarious...

Update:January 24, 2007

Obama Versus Fox News

CNN debunks false report about Obama
POSTED: 2:01 a.m. EST, January 23, 2007

JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) -- Allegations that Sen. Barack Obama was educated in a radical Muslim school known as a "madrassa" are not accurate, according to CNN reporting.

Insight Magazine, which is owned by the same company as The Washington Times, reported on its Web site last week that associates of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-New York, had unearthed information the Illinois Democrat and likely presidential candidate attended a Muslim religious school known for teaching the most fundamentalist form of Islam.

Obama lived in Indonesia as a child, from 1967 to 1971, with his mother and stepfather and has acknowledged attending a Muslim school, but an aide said it was not a madrassa. (Watch video of Obama's school )

Insight attributed the information in its article to an unnamed source, who said it was discovered by "researchers connected to Senator Clinton." A spokesman for Clinton, who is also weighing a White House bid, denied that the campaign was the source of the Obama claim.

He called the story "an obvious right-wing hit job."

Insight stood by its story in a response posted on its Web site Monday afternoon.

The Insight article was cited several times Friday on Fox News and was also referenced by the New York Post, The Glenn Beck program on CNN Headline News and a number of political blogs...

Debunking Rumors About Senator Obama
Aired January 22, 2007 - 19:00 ET
...I'm Wolf Blitzer. You're in THE SITUATION ROOM.

Now to a CNN exclusive. There's been a smear circulating on the Internet and at some conservative news media aimed at Democratic Senator Barack Obama, claims that as a young boy in Indonesia, he was educated in a Muslim religious school of the type that often educates extremists. CNN did what any serious news organization should do in a case like this. We conducted a first-hand investigation and we went right to Indonesia to check out the school that Obama attended as a little boy.

We sent in our correspondent John Vause -- John...

The Big Story... Clinton drops the Madrassa bomb on Barack Obama... says John Gibson, referring to an Insight Magazine piece. His guest, Terry who? says a Madassa was nothing more than a parochial school back some forty years ago. Fox News continues to stream Hillary outs Obama. Clinton camp: Obama tried to hide his Muslim education. (Net the Truth Online)

Hillary's team has questions about Obama's Muslim background

Issue: - Jan. 16-22, 2007 Posted On: 1/17/2007

Are the American people ready for an elected president who was educated in a Madrassa as a young boy and has not been forthcoming about his Muslim heritage?

This is the question Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s camp is asking about Sen. Barack Obama.

An investigation of Mr. Obama by political opponents within the Democratic Party has discovered that Mr. Obama was raised as a Muslim by his stepfather in Indonesia. Sources close to the background check, which has not yet been released, said Mr. Obama, 45, spent at least four years in a so-called Madrassa, or Muslim seminary, in Indonesia.

"He was a Muslim, but he concealed it," the source said. "His opponents within the Democrats hope this will become a major issue in the campaign."

When contacted by Insight, Mr. Obama’s press secretary said he would consult with “his boss” and call back. He did not.

Sources said the background check, conducted by researchers connected to Senator Clinton, disclosed details of Mr. Obama's Muslim past. The sources said the Clinton camp concluded the Illinois Democrat concealed his prior Muslim faith and education.

"The background investigation will provide major ammunition to his opponents," the source said. "The idea is to show Obama as deceptive."

In two best-selling autobiographies—"The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream" and "Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance"—Mr. Obama, born in Honolulu where his parents met, mentions but does not expand on his Muslim background, alluding only to his attendance at a "predominantly Muslim school."...

Conyers prepares impeachment hearings against Bush
Issue: - Jan. 9-15, 2007

Rep. John Conyers, the new chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is preparing to conduct impeachment hearings against President Bush later this year.

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