Where is the Original McPeak/McCarthy Video Because One Picture Speaks 1,000 Words

After seeing the original video clip of McPeak's comparison of Bill Clinton to Joe McCarthy, I searched the web, and it has gone missing.  These are the sources I searched:  NBC, MSNBC, CNN, Fox, Google, Wonkette, New York Times, Politico, Breitbart, CNN, Youtube.  Although the SECOND McPeak/Obama video clip is available, the FIRST is not.  

Both CNN and MSNBC have edited video reports regarding the incident.  CNN's truncates the FIRST clip just before the offending statement, and claims that McPeak "told an AP reporter", while in fact he made the statement on-stage at a large Obama rally.  MSNBC's  report is entitled "Obama Advisor: Bill Clinton Like Joe McCarthy."  This video report runs Bill Clinton's allegedly egregious comments about Barack, then pans to Buchanan and others, and ends without ever showing the video clip of McPeak actually making the comparison at the rally.

Why is this important?  Because the SECOND video clip shows a toned-down McPeak who does not repeat the Joe McCarthy charge, along with a Barack Obama pensively looking down during most of McPeak's presentation.

But the FIRST video clip shows the actual statement being made, while Barack stands next to him with his arms crossed, and a slight smile on his face, which has been described variously as smug, aloof, or arrogant.  I nearly fell out of my chair when I saw Barack's stance on such a repulsive comparison.

Is it possible that the web has been scrubbed of this video, and if so, why?  Is there any way of getting it back because, like the Wright affair, it sheds light on whether Barack is keeping his commitment for a clean campaign.

Tags: clinton, McCarthy, McPeak, Media Ethics, obama (all tags)



Re: Where is the Original McPeak/McCarthy Video Be

I've been looking for it too.  Our family saw it on CNN if that's a help.  But I didn't find it on the CNN site last night.  Haven't checked today.

by katiebird 2008-03-23 12:12PM | 0 recs
by SevenStrings 2008-03-23 12:16PM | 0 recs
That piece of video...

doesn't include the McCarthy comment - or, at least, I didn't see it.

by Shazone 2008-03-23 12:27PM | 0 recs
Re: Where is the Original McPeak/McCarthy Video Be

Thank you SevenStrings, but there are two videos on that story - the first one is the MSNBC story to which I referred, and the second one is the SECOND video clip. Still searching for the FIRST video clip showing McPeak's actual comparison to McCarthy and Barack's quite different demeanor.

by Mommiablo 2008-03-23 12:28PM | 0 recs
Re: Where is the Original McPeak/McCarthy Video Be

Obama is a dirty politician who attacks personally and has been doing this kind of thing for the whole past year.  He started this campaign by going around this country repeating the Carl Rove lie that Hillary is so divisive.  Now this comment is just so much garbage but after a year of stirring up as much Hillary hatred as he possibly can, he has the audacity to say anything about the politics of personal destruction?  

Obama is awash in the politics of personal distruction, and McPeak is a misogynist who Obama has the nerve to use as some role model and attack dog against Bill Clinton.  The more I see Obama the more I really don't like this man.   I have had enough of the O attacks and the O supporters attacking Hillary personally with the most outrageous and grievious slander and ugly insults.  If O gets this nomination I will not vote for him, I used to think I would never vote for a republican but after this kind of garbage that the O supporters and O himself is doing, I am actually considering it for the first time in my whole life.  I certainly do not want O as president.  that would be a disaster for this country.  I have been against his policies this whole time, but now, I am becoming against the man, and that is a departure for me.  I used to think it was just his policies that I didn't like, but now I think it is his actions.  This division that Obama has promoted in this party will destroy this party.  Before O came on the scene, the democratic party did not have these racial divides.  Now this party is divided by this racial issue.  This is all Obama's doing, and for that I have lost any respect I ever  had for him.

by democrat voter 2008-03-23 12:44PM | 0 recs
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". . . McPeak is a misogynist who Obama has the nerve to use as some role model. . ."

Step back, calm down and then look at the campaigns for what they are.  I'm an Obama supporter, but I think McPeak was wrong to make the comparison.  Obama's campaign should really put a lid on direct attacks of this sort, especially after that great speech he gave.  However, I do see understand they feel they're defending themselves from a sublte character attack by Bill Clinton.  What I don't see is proof that McPeak is now a hater of women.

The honest truth is that both campaigns have done some not so great things during this primary.  Both have supporters that have said some nasty things this primary.  Earlier this week, James Carville compared Bill Richardson to Judas.  Does that make Hillary Jesus?  Both campaigns have accused the other of wrong doing with no proof.  More than anything, both campaigns have shown that they're running as politicians.

So, let's step away from the name calling and ugly insults, that both sides have been guilty of and choose which politician we feel would at promoting our political views.  Let's get back to the issues.

by shalca 2008-03-23 01:09PM | 0 recs
Re: Where is the Original McPeak/McCarthy Video Be

I saw the original footage with McPeak comparing Bill Clinton to McCarthy, and Barack was standing next to him grinning.

Barack is down in the gutter now. That's some pretty negative campaigning from a guy who claims to be taking the high road.

Then today, I was surprised when Tim Russert on Meet the Press showed the footage of Bill's comments, that really were fairly tame, and then only showed the text of what McPeak said.

I went looking for the video on Google just now and that's how I found this page. I can't believe it's not available anywhere.

If anybody has a link, please post it.

by JonW 2008-03-23 10:18PM | 0 recs
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http://www.abcnews.go.com/Politics/story ?id=4505727&page=1

In a radio interview to be broadcast Monday in Philadelphia, Obama says, "This is not a crackpot church. Witness the fact that Bill Clinton invited him [Rev Wright] to the White House when he was having his personal crises."

That is just too friggin funny.

Accuse Bill Clinton of being McCarthy-like, and then find a way to defend Wright, but don't miss the opportunity to mention Monica.

Wow... Barack, you are one class act.

Same old, same old politics is right. You're just not very good at it.

by JonW 2008-03-23 11:00PM | 0 recs


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