Obama Anti-Smear Website Names Alleged Smearers

By Natalie Gewargis

Jul 9, 2008 11:57am

On the Obama campaign’s "Fight the Smears" website the senator’s smear-fighters are now naming names.

"Who is Behind these Lies?" the campaign asks, then listing a group of names — David Bossie, Bob Perry, Floyd Brown, Craig Shirley, Bruce Hawkins, and James Lacy — and organizations that the Obama campaign calls "Smears Inc.," tying them to previous political attacks such as the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, and the Willie Horton ad.

Interestingly, the Obama campaign fails to connect any of the "Smears" it disproves to any of these charter members of Smears Inc.

Not "Michelle Obama Says ‘Whitey’ On a Tape" nor "Barack Obama can’t produce his birth certificate" nor "Obama’s Books Contain Racially Incendiary Remarks" nor "Barack Obama Won’t Say the Pledge of Allegiance & He Won’t Put His Hand Over His Heart."

Nor does the website tie "Smear Inc." to the newest and latest smear making its way around the net: "Fake Maureen Dowd Column Alleging Obama’s Fundraising is Coming from Overseas Non-US Citizens." The fake MoDo column, allegedly from June 29, includes some nonsense about non-American citizens donating to the Obama campaign.

"FACT," says Fight the Smears, "Dowd wrote no such column. Her column on June 29th was about Hillary Clinton supporters."

But again, the MoDo smear is not tied by the Obama camp to Messrs. Bossie et al.

It’s not as if "Fight the Smears" is reluctant to name names; the website ties the "Whitey" rumor to talk radio giant Rush Limbaugh, GOP operative Roger Stone, and Hillary Clinton supporting blogger Larry Johnson.

So what gives?

- jpt

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