The Clinton camp accused the Obama campaign of inflaming and taking out of context Hillary's recent RFK "assassination" remarks.
But both the NY Daily News print edition and the Washington Post's "The Talk" blog have published terrible stories whose headlines claim that Barack Obama is the one being blamed.
The WAPO blog headline screams:
Clinton Camp Stokes RFK Flap by Blaming Obama
But that's not true. The story itself makes it clear that,
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign accused Sen. Barack Obama's campaign of fanning a controversy over her describing the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy late in the 1968 Democratic primary as one reason she is continuing to run for the presidency.nowhere
in this story does Zachary Goldfarb cite anyone blaming Obama for anything. Obama, after all, sided with Hillary on this whole thing. Why would her campaign have the necessity to single him
The New York Daily News pimps the story as follows:
Blame it on who? Let's see what the body of the story itself tells us:
Hillary Clinton's campaign brass blamed their counterparts on Barack Obama's team Sunday for fanning the firestorm over her gaffe last week about Sen. Robert F. Kennedy's assassination.
The Hillary campaign counterpart: The Obama campaign.
Hillary Clinton's counterpart: Barack Obama.
One person was specifically blamed for his response: Bill Burton, and only Bill Burton:
From the Daily News:
Shortly after Clinton's remarks to a Sioux Falls, S.D., newspaper were reported last Friday, Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton fired off a press release: "Sen. Clinton's statement before the Argus Leader editorial board was unfortunate and has no place in this campaign."
Clinton communications chief, Howard Wolfson, appearing on CBS' "Face the Nation," said Burton's missive was "unfortunate and unnecessary and, in my opinion, inflammatory."
Why did neither journalist saw it fit to single out Barack Obama, as the editors did in the headline--arguably the most important part of a story??
If a candidate's campaign is the equivalent of the candidate, why did neither story refer to the "Hillary campaign" as "Hillary Clinton"?
If I say the Yankees suck, I am not saying "George Steinbrenner" sucks. If I say the Yankees have a combined .323 average, i am not saying that Derek Jeter has a .323 average. This for those who would illogically argue that blaming a whole equals blaming each of its parts.
There are persons that specifically released statements that triggered the Hillary camp's reaction. And as you will see by reading the stories (without the headlines), Barack Obama is not one of them.
I assume the editors, rather than the writers, were responsible for these catchy, but deceptive headlines, which are nothing but a lie.
This is not surprising. The media will compromise the truth for a catchy, if untruthful, headline any time.
Contact the Washington Post and the NY Daily News and demand a correction: firstname.lastname@example.org