Obama Campaign Says Michelle Obama ‘Interview’ on ‘African Press’ Web Site Is 100% Bogus

By Natalie Gewargis

Oct 15, 2008 11:42am

Some conservative blogs are all atwitter about a bizarre interview allegedly with Michelle Obama on a Web site called "African Press International."

“My husband was born in Hawaii and adopted by his stepfather — does that make him unpatriotic," she supposedly said "on a direct telephone to API" the "interview" hypes. It goes on from there.

This morning my inbox is filled with the "WHY ARENT YOU COVERING THIS?" e-mails on the subject. The answer is: because it doesn’t appear to be in any way real.

Obama campaign senior adviser Robert Gibbs says the interview is a complete and utter fabrication. "It’s bogus, she didn’t call, it’s all a lie," he says.

And I have to say — I find their pushback quite believable. The Obama campaign does not tend to directly engage fringe Web sites making wild charges, and if they were to do so, they certainly wouldn’t have Michelle Obama make the call.

Maybe the folks at API were taken in by an imposter. Maybe they made it up, I don’t know.

In these last three weeks, there is going to be a lot of dung thrown at the wall. Lots of charges and counter-charges and counter-counter-charges.

A word to the wise, my friends. I don’t know if you know this, but not everything that appears on the Internet is true.

(Counting down now to the explosion of insane comments that will inevitably post below. Three…two…one…)

- jpt

UPDATE: Little Green Footballs takes issue with the first line of this blog, believing I was lumping ALL conservative blogs in with the use of my word "all" in "all atwitter." For the record, by no means did I mean to suggest every or even most conservative blogs had hopped on the story — any more so than I would be implying that every liberal blog slimed Gov. Sarah Palin with some of the rumors I’ve criticized "liberal blogs" for spreading.

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