Jerome Corsi wrote a book which according to reports compiles all the rumors and suspicions about Senator Barack Obama, his history, his politics and his religion. An article written by the Associate Press (AP) editorializes about the book’s contents while reporting on the 40 page Obama tome responding to and purportedly debunking the contents of the story. See the story at ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5j-xORhpHhivePOAxUDF3U1xmjlAD921BGSG1.
One must question the objectivity of the media when the widely accepted source of news writes an article which fails to cite authority for statements and instead asserts information as a fact which the author makes sounding in commentary.
The article takes issue with Corsi’s recitation of fact. I have not read Corsi’s book and the contents of Corsi’s book are not the issue. What is troubling is that the media do not see the lack of objectivity. The AP challenges what it reports as Corsi’s “book is a compilation of all the innuendo and false rumors against Obama — that he was raised a Muslim, attended a radical, black church and secretly has a “black rage” hidden beneath the surface.” In response to this summary, the AP reports “In fact, Obama is a Christian who attended Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.” Really? Regardless of the religion, does the AP know what is in the heart of Obama? The report should read-Obama attended Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago for (however many) years and claims to be Christian. The author SHOULD NOT be asserting his or her opinion about anything. Further, the AUTHOR of the article asserts:
Corsi suggests, without a shred of proof, that Obama may be using drugs today. Obama has acknowledged using marijuana and cocaine as a teenager but says he quit when he went to college and hasn’t used drugs since.
Corsi makes an issue of the fact that, before he quit smoking cigarettes, Obama didn’t want it widely known that he smoked. “If Obama takes pains to hide his smoking from us, what else does he take pains to hide?” Corsi asks in the book.
Corsi also dwells on Obama’s mother marrying Obama’s African father and later marrying someone from Indonesia — whom Corsi describes as “a second man of color to be her mate.” The Obama campaign says the description is one of many examples of Corsi’s “offensive language” in the book.
He claims Obama received extensive Islamic religious education as a boy in Indonesia, education that was only offered to the truly faithful. Actually, Obama is a Christian and asboy he attended both Catholic school and Indonesian public schools where some basic study of the Koran was offered.
He accuses Obama of wanting to weaken the military even though Obama’s campaign calls for adding 65,000 soldiers and 27,000 Marines.”
The author only makes attribution to the Obama campaign’s response in one of the five claims above. Reporting should be as neutral as possible. This article passed the scrutiny of an editor. How is that possible?
Because the media not only fail to question Obama, they are also protecting Obama. Obama, impossibly, is above reproach in the eyes of the media.
In an on FOXNEWS this morning Corsi answered questions about the threats he has received as a result of writing and publishing this book. We do still live in a free country? Right?
The media’s behavior is an abomination. Who monitors their ethics? Who monitors their objectivity? No one. Those would impede the free press? Maybe. Shouldn’t they just police themselves?