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Thursday, August 23, 2007
NewsBusters Thinks Michelle Obama's Remarks Targeted Hillary
Topic: NewsBusters

An Aug. 22 NewsBusters post by Geoffrey Dickens, as well as the Aug. 23 "Gaggle" cartoon takeoff on the post, declares something as fact for which they have no evidence: that Michelle Obama's remark that "If you can't run your own house, you certainly can't run the White House," was, as Dickens wrote, a "slam of Hillary Clinton."

But if one listens to the whole quote, the word "Hillary" is never mentioned (nor is the name of any other candidate), and Obama frames the remark by talking about her own family.

While NewsBusters and "Gaggle" artist Greg Sheffield seem to have arbitrarily chosen Hillary as the purported target of Obama's words, they certainly weren't alone. How do they know she wasn't referring to Rudy Giuliani, who can't even get his own kids to campaign for him?

UPDATE: The MRC CyberAlert version of Dickens' post softens it a tad, calling Obama's remarks a "presumed slam of Hillary Clinton." On what evidence is that presumption being made?

Posted by Terry K. at 12:55 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, August 23, 2007 12:55 PM EDT

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