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Saturday, February 26, 2011
Newsmax Channels Drudge in Obama Smear
Topic: Newsmax

Newsmax apparently believes that Moammar Gadhafi is a credible spokesman after all.

Two days after Newsmax published an article headlined "Crazed Gadhafi Babbles as Libya Burns," Dan Weil apparently decided that Gadhafi was perfectly sane by authoritatively quoting his opinion on Obama in a Feb. 24 Newsmax article headlined Flashback: Gadhafi Bragged — Obama Is My Friend."

In Weil's sleazy smear, he asserts that Gadhafi "has been happy with Obama," citing statements in a year old interview at the conservative Israeli news website Ynet.

Weil did not think of this on his own, of course; as Michael Scherer points out, Matt Drudge did the exact same thing, citing the exact same article. Unlike Weil, Scherer details the history behind Gadhafi's remarks, noting that they appear to be "a public relations ploy, an attempt by the self-described 'king of kings' to associate himself with the popular American president. According to secret State Department cables, it did not describe a friendship that actually existed."

Such is the state of "reporting" at Newsmax -- Weil can't even come up with his own original Obama smears, and certainly can't be bothered to put them in their accurate historical context.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:45 AM EST

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