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Obama’s Office Replies to Fox News January 25, 2007

Posted by Dan in Must Read, News, Politics.
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Recently, Obama’s office released the following letter in response to the ridiculous reporting of Fox News:

In the past week, many of you have read a now thoroughly-debunked story by Insight Magazine, owned by the Washington Times, which cites unnamed sources close to a political campaign that claim Senator Obama was enrolled for “at least four years” in an Indonesian “Madrassa”. The article says the “sources” believe the Madrassa was “espousing Wahhabism,” a form of radical Islam.

Insight Magazine published these allegations without a single named source, and without doing any independent reporting to confirm or deny the allegations. Fox News quickly parroted the charges, and Fox and Friends host Steve Doocy went so far as to ask, “Why didn’t anybody ever mention that that man right there was raised — spent the first decade of his life, raised by his Muslim father — as a Muslim and was educated in a Madrassa?”

All of the claims about Senator Obama raised in the Insight Magazine piece were thoroughly debunked by CNN, which, instead of relying on unnamed sources, sent a reporter to Obama’s former school in Jakarta to check the facts.

If Doocy or the staff at Fox and Friends had taken [time] to check their facts, or simply made a call to his office, they would have learned that Senator Obama was not educated in a Madrassa, was not raised as a Muslim, and was not raised by his father – an atheist Obama met once in his life before he died.

Later in the day, Fox News host John Gibson again discussed the Insight Magazine story without any attempt to independently confirm the charges.

All of the claims about Senator Obama’s faith and education raised in the Insight Magazine story and repeated on Fox News are false. Senator Obama was raised in a secular household in Indonesia by his stepfather and mother. Obama’s stepfather worked for a U.S. oil company, and sent his stepson to two years of Catholic school, as well as two years of public school. As Obama described it, “Without the money to go to the international school that most expatriate children attended, I went to local Indonesian schools and ran the streets with the children of farmers, servants, tailors, and clerks.” [The Audacity of Hope, p. 274]

To be clear, Senator Obama has never been a Muslim, was not raised a Muslim, and is a committed Christian who attends the United Church of Christ in Chicago. Furthermore, the Indonesian school Obama attended in Jakarta is a public school that is not and never has been a Madrassa.

These malicious, irresponsible charges are precisely the kind of politics the American people have grown tired of, and that Senator Obama is trying to change by focusing on bringing people together to solve our common problems.

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1. Brent - January 25, 2007

I read about this far before Fox or Insight said anything about it. This is not new news. It was timed for Clinton to announce her candidacy, make no mistake about it. If you think that the Clinton machine was not involved in this revelation, you are mistaken.

I’m not concerned about Obama being a Muslim. I’m more concerned that he is a socialist. However his inexperience is enough for him to not get the nomination, let alone the election. Besides, if he thinks he can beat the Clinton Machine, watch out!

And yes he is one of the furthest to the left that is in the Senate. Do you know why many like Sorhos and other far-left/communist groups support this guy? It’s because his record is not well known, or even exists at all. But I am in Illinois, and I know how he has voted in the past. This guy is not going to be good for America, that is unless you espouse communism.

2. One more - January 25, 2007

Thank you for publicizing another side of the “story.”


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