Accuracy in Media

Michael Smerconish, a contributor for CNN, gave his opinion on a recent story surrounding former President Barack Obama.

A photographer admitted that he suppressed a photo of Obama with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan at a Congressional Black Caucus meeting. Smerconish’s take is that it would have had an impact on the 2008 presidential race, but then defended Obama by labeling him a moderate liberal president.

Farrakhan is known to be a controversial and radical leader, with quotes like these, first published by The Daily Caller:

  • “Some of you think that I’m just somebody who’s got something out for the Jewish people. You’re stupid. Do you think I would waste my time if I did not think it was important for you to know Satan? My job is to pull the cover off of Satan so that he will never deceive you and the people of the world again.”
  • “The Jews have been so bad at politics they lost half their population in the Holocaust. They thought they could trust in Hitler, and they helped him get the Third Reich on the road.”
  • “…There were many Israelis and Zionist Jews in key roles in the 9/11 attacks…many Jews received a text message not to come to work on September 11.”

The story of the photo’s suppression, which would have come out during Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, led one main question: Would the photo have stopped an Obama presidency, considering Obama’s past ties with radical figures such as Reverend Jeremiah Wright and former Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers?

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