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Friday, March 28, 2008
Even More Stuff Wrong With Klein's Reporting
Topic: WorldNetDaily

We've found yet another thing wrong with Aaron Klein's attack reporting on Barack Obama.

Klein's March 20 WorldNetDaily article claimed that Obama's church "reprinted a manifesto by Hamas [actually, just a Los Angeles Times op-ed] that defended terrorism as legitimate resistance, refused to recognize the right of Israel to exist and compared the terror group's official charter – which calls for the murder of Jews – to America's Declaration of Independence." While Klein claims that "Obama's campaign also did not reply to phone and e-mail requests today for comment," Media Matters notes that a March 20 Jewish Telegraphic Agency article quotes Obama as saying: "I have already condemned my former pastor's views on Israel in the strongest possible terms, and I certainly wasn't in church when that outrageously wrong Los Angeles Times piece was re-printed in the bulletin."

Obama is further quoted as saying, "Hamas is a terrorist organization, responsible for the deaths of many innocents, and dedicated to Israel's destruction, as evidenced by their bombarding of Sderot in recent months. I support requiring Hamas to meet the international community's conditions of recognizing Israel, renouncing violence, and abiding by past agreements before they are treated as a legitimate actor."

Klein doesn't get around to mentioning this until a March 22 article, claiming that the statement was made "following WND's story." He offers no evidence to support the assertion.

Klein also referenced the Hamas "manifesto" in the church bulletin in a March 23 article -- but not Obama's condemnation. 

We've added this to our ConWebWatch article on Klein. 

Posted by Terry K. at 1:15 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, March 28, 2008 1:19 AM EDT

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