Thursday, June 12, 2008

Obama rebuts rumors on new Web site

By Brian Knowlton Published: June 12, 2008

Will Obama's Anti-Rumor Plan Work?
Thursday, Jun. 12, 2008 By KAREN TUMULTY/WASHINGTON,8599,1813663,00.html

Obama Anti-Rumor website

Headlined on 3/24/08:
New Anti-Obama Smears in Tabloids Owned by Staunch Clintonista

by Skeeter Sanders

It turns out that American Media Inc., the parent company of the Enquirer, Globe and the Examiner, is, in turn, controlled by Evercore Partners, whose founder, chairman, co-CEO and principal owner is Roger Altman, a prominent New York investment banker.

Altman is also a former deputy treasury secretary in the administration of President Bill Clinton -- and a key economic advisor of Hillary Clinton's campaign for the White House.

Enquirer Claims Obama Behind Murder of Gay Choir Director of His Church

The Enquirer, in dramatic fashion, published a story in its March 17 issue claiming that Obama may have had something to do with the murder last December of Donald Young, the choir director at the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, to which Obama has been a member for more than 20 years.

Yes, it's the same church whose former pastor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, made headlines with his inflammatory sermons -- a controversy that threatened to derail Obama's campaign and forced the Illinois senator to confront the race issue head-on in a powerful speech last Tuesday that evoked memories of John F. Kennedy's 1960 speech on the controversy over his Roman Catholic faith.

The 47-year-old Young was found dead in his South Side apartment two days before Christmas, the victim of multiple gunshot wounds. A spokesperson for the Cook County medical examiner's office would say only that Young's death was ruled a homicide and that Chicago police were investigating the incident.

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