Monday, October 13, 2008

Back to the echo chamber. .

You know, whatever to the whatever that some people persist in smearing Obama by spouting that he is secretly a Muslim, trained to overthrow the government, etc.  There will always be crazy people.  

But isn't it just fucking LOW, and DESPERATE, that this has become an actual, utilized line of attack for more "legitimate" conservative outlets?  And so funny how it is done:

1. Tool Andy "Never-Saw-A-Lawsuit-I-Didn't-Like" Martin, an "independent and contrarian columnist," claims that Obama is a closet Muslim.  (Martin filed so many frivolous lawsuits that he has been barred by multiple state and federal courts from filing further suits without preliminary approval)

2. The "story" is picked up by, a pretty insular and rather extreme right-wing site.  Quote: "Andy Martin, will publish a column and hold simultaneous news conferences ... to disclose he believes Barack Obama is a political fraud who "lied to the American people." [emphasis added]    Seriously?  Seriously???  "To disclose he believes" - and people take this seriously??

3. As explained by Salon's Glenn Greenwald, Martin then appeared on FoxNews:

Over the weekend, Sean Hannity hosted a show on Fox News entitled Obama & Friends: The History of Radicalism. The star of Hannity’s smear fest was none other than Andy Martin, who was featured as an honored, credible
 investigator and source to expose “the real Barack Obama.” There wasn’t a hostile or adversarial word uttered by Hannity about or towards Martin. To the contrary, Martin’s claims were the basis for many of the Fox News show’s allegations against Obama.

4. And now Martin's claims can stand as a legitimate source in Hannity's own expose on Obama and his "History of Radicalism":

Et voila!  Just a few simple steps from kook to "Author & Journalist".  

Update: Martin's claims have surfaced in other places as well.  Love that echo chamber.

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