Drudge and Tucker Carlson Aren't the Only Clowns in the Circus: 8 Ridiculous Right-Wing Pseudo-Scandals About Obama
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THE PRESIDENT: We've got a bunch of examples of the differences, the choice in this election. When the American auto industry was on the brink of collapse, more than 1 million jobs at stake, Governor Romney said, let's "let Detroit go bankrupt."
AUDIENCE: Booo --
THE PRESIDENT: I said I believe in American workers, I believe in this American industry, and now the American auto industry has come roaring back and GM is number one again. (Applause.) So now I want to do the same thing with manufacturing jobs not just in the auto industry, but in every industry. I don't want those jobs taking root in places like China. I want them taking root in places like Pueblo. (Applause.)
Here's how Drudge pitched it, and the right caught it:
5. Someone Made a Mistake... Gate
In 1991, Obama's former literary agent published a bio for the future president which said he was Born in Kenya. This became a huge story on the far right, and remained so even after the former agent clarified that it was a simple error.
6. It's A Recession
When times are tough, as they have been since the crash of 2008, food stamp usage goes up. That's what it's supposed to do – provide a nutritional backstop.
The National Review dubbed this, “ The Food Stamp Scandal.” And they were probably surprised when nobody else bit.
7. Obama Once Made a General Statement That Kind of Contradicted Something that Would Later Happen
This one's not only obscure, but boring.
During the restructuring of the auto industry, 20,000 non-unionized retirees at Delphi, a parts supplier, saw their pensions cancelled. That's truly awful, but it's not the scandal on the right. For Tucker Carlson's Daily Caller, the scandalous bit is that the Treasury Department was consulted about the restructuring. Also, in 2008, Obama said that “pension protection … [is] something we ought to put at the top of our priority list.” So, he was totally lying – scandalous!
8. Obama Hugged a Black Man
The last really big scandal for the right was when the Breitbart crew "unearthed" a video -- which had been online for years -- of Barack Obama saying nice things about, and then hugging, Derek Bell, the first tenured law professor at Harvard University. Why was this scandalous? Honestly, we have no idea.