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Jonathan Alter's Alternative Reality

Written By mista sense on Saturday, January 27, 2007 | 1:55 PM

The Mainstream Media are engaged in a Big Lie campaign: The MSM is determined to argue that Fox News, among other outlets, "lied" about Barack Obama's attendance at a Muslim religious school in the 60s.

The latest MSM-er to take a swing at Fox--and to get brownie points from the rest of the MSM and the Eastern Establishment--is Jonathan Alter of Newsweek, who writes that Fox and Insight magazine launched a "pathetic" effort to "swift boat" Obama.

But in fact, as noted here, many certified blue-chip liberals, including Philip Weiss and Juan Cole, have attested that, yes, Obama did attend a madrasah.

But that inconvenient truth doesn't fit the MSM story line, which holds that Fox has somehow maligned Obama by reporting on his schooling in Indonesia four decades ago.

But Alter should know that while the First Amendment protects his right to say incorrect things--to accuse Fox of lying when, in fact, Fox told the truth--it doesn't protect his reputation from being shredded by his own recklessness.

The blunt reality is that Alter, Newsweek, and the rest of the MSM love Obama more than they hate falsehood. Or maybe they hate Fox even more than they hate a lie.

But either way, the country is ill-served by the media's reckless disregard for the truth.

Especially since, in the case of Barack Hussein Obama's presidential campaign, the country is being asked to evaluate someone who is so, shall we say, "non-traditional." Someone who did, in fact, attend a madrasah.

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