Monday, June 02, 2008

One-Upping Anonymous Sourcing

Larry Johnson's opening paragraph regarding the alleged existence of a "bombshell" Michelle Obama video:
I learned over the weekend why the Republicans who have seen the tape of Michelle Obama ranting about “whitey” describe it as “STUNNING.” I have not seen it but I have heard from five separate sources who have spoken directly with people who have seen the tape. It features Michelle Obama and Louis Farrakhan. They are sitting on a panel at Jeremiah Wright’s Church when Michelle makes her intemperate remarks. Whoops!! When that image comes out it will enter the politcal ads hall of fame. It will be right up there with the little girl plucking daisy petals in the famous 1964 ad LBJ used against Barry Goldwater.
Johnson has spoken to people who have spoken to people who say they saw the tape? His anonymous sources have consulted their own anonymous sources for their anonymous opinions about a video that may or may not exist, or may exist in a radically different form than what Johnson has been advertising. LJ claims that Republican operatives are trying to prevent release of the video until October (and you thought the October Surprise was a Democrat spécialité de la maison).

I'm certainly no Obama fan, but let's keep the gloves above the belt, gentlemen, please. Nobody wants to see a testicle explosion.