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March 10, 2008


I suppose this must be a slow news day for political/media commentators. In September 2005, when the Enquirer published a report about Bush's Booze Crisis, Brendan was too busy with other issues to note his outrage.

Readers of this blog can always count on Rob's ability to justify bad behavior by referencing other bad behavior. I guess in Rob's mind if Brendon doesn't blog about it then he MUST be saying that it's OK.

Rob, even you have to admit that being painted as a terroristic treasonous Muslim is much worse than being painted as a boozer.

Stacy, I wasn't try to justify the Enquirer's bad behavior, I was pointing out an example of previous bad behavior by the Enquirer that never received a mention in this blog--part of my continuing attempt to raise Brendan's consciousness and help him achieve the even-handedness he values. (And btw, I don't agree with you that the story about Bush was any less damaging than the story about Obama, though certainly the Obama story received more prominent placement.)

But perhaps the most interesting aspect of the Enquirer article is the fact that the Enquirer is owned by Bill Clinton's good buddy Ron Burkle. The Enquirer, of course, also published the story about John Edward's "love child." Do we discern a pattern here?

Brendan: given you called them "ugly smears," but if you are really going to help the National Enquirer disseminate these lies, I'd like a little bit more analysis about why exactly these claims are untrue (so that googlers who come here can be set straight - or you can just link to http://obamapolitics.com/node/65) and/or what exactly the impact of this is likely to be given the circulation of the Enquirer.

More generally, will this ugliness - and the Enquirer stuff pales in comparison to Steve King's "terrorists will be dancing in the streets" comment - consume America or will it be so obvious that we will transcend it? Is the Enquirer giving the Kings of the world enough rope to hang themselves? And, yes, the metaphor is intentional.

I appreciate Mr. Nyhan bringing this to my (and his other readers') attention. I can't remember the last time I looked at an issue of the National Enquirer. It's good to be aware that this kind of garbage is out there in the undernews. It lets Obama supporters know that they need to maintain (or increase) their counter-efforts.

Obama is CORRUPT, his slogan of change an ILLUSION.

1) A houseowner wants to sell both a house and adjoining land. Obama can afford to buy only the house. No problem, the criminal Rezko to the rescue. Rezko pays full price for the land, whereas Obama gets a discount of $300,000 on the house. Nice to have criminal friends like this!!! (reference ABC News)

2) Exelon Corporation had not disclosed radioactive leaks at one of its nuclear plants in Illinois. Obama, a senator for Illinois introduces a bill to make disclosures mandatory. Seems like Exelon doesn't like it. Each draft of the new bill by Obama goes more and more towards Exelon till disclosures end up being "voluntary". What gives? How about $250,000+ donations by Exelon to Obama's campaigns!!! Obama is not change, he is WASHINGTON BUSINESS AS USUAL. (reference New York Times)

People need to stop believing their fantasies about Obama and realize that Hillary is the one who has been fighting for them all along. All the way back to 1993 when she tried to introduce universal health care (before it became politically fashionable).

Ugh, this is exactly the kind of manipulative nonsense and scare tactics that made people hate the Clintons (and GWB) in the first place.

Please stop treating us like idiots and assuming anytime the word "terrorist" is mentioned we're going to believe whatever crap you put in front of us.

Someone needs to sue the enquirer for libel or defamation. I'm sick of seeing the media try to drag a good man through the mud.

I agree with Rob. Brendan, you should definitely spend more time reading the National Enquirer. I'm disappointed you let Bush's boozin' slip through the cracks. On the other hand, Bush's recent displays of his dance moves while touring Africa and waiting for McCain to arrive at the White House do lend credence to this particular story.


The enquirer was alot more believable in the days they wrote about babies born with two heads and other abnormal happenings.

Legal threat from the Enquirer ... hahaha ... for a company that puts out lies for them to offer to sue is funny. MAKE them take legal action against you. Put them on the spot.

Guess if someone scaned the Enquirer and posted it all over the internet. And did this week in and week out that would be really funny stuff.

I did a double-take on first reading the words, "my post on the National Enquirer smearing Barack Obama." I couldn't imagine that Brendan would post to the National Enquirer, nor that he would smear Obama. Then I read Brendan's words again the right way.

Anyhow, I fully agree that this sort of post is disgusting.

The National Enquirer told the truth about Obama. He was not "smeared". PROVE that the Enquirer lied, or shut your pie hole, and stop smearing the Enquirer. Obama is corrupt and those with eyes to see, and ears to hear KNOW IT. Wake up. *SLAP*

I say the John Rambo is a child-molesting Shia fanatic catamite of Ahmadinejad . PROVE this isn't true. PROVE IT.

The National Enquirer has as much credibility as a one-eyed, ten-legged hound dog claming to be Elvis from a previous life. Obama has my vote in 2008!

For once in a long time I am so glade to have a smart President in office.No where in history has a pres. elect took off running like Obama.When I seen this dirt in this magazine it made me sick.If you like him or not have some respect for our country.All of you people that are against him please when you receive your stimulus check please send it BACK I would think you would not want anything from a terroist!!

Makes you wonder, the National Enquirer was "right" on everything they stated regarding John Edwards.

Right about BO as well?????

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