June 18, 2008

Brit Hume and FOX news pride themselves on his one hour show. A while back---Roger Ailes said on CSPAN that he dared anyone to dispute the fact the Hume's show isn't the most fair and balanced cable news program on TV. (paraphrasing) Roger, I think you need to rethink it. I was repeatedly emailed the alleged story of Obama's half brother calling Obama a Muslim in the Jerusalem Post yesterday. I googled it and found no story.

It was obviously pulled because it wasn't true. ABC did a fact check on it and guess what they found? It was a fraud.

It was a sloppy paraphrase that emerged as false evidence. Malik Obama, the older half brother of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, gave a brief interview to Israeli Army Radio.

The Jerusalem Post listened to the interview, apparently, and produced a story saying "Malik Obama says his brother will be good president for the Jews. Barack Obama's half brother Malik said Thursday that if elected his brother will be a good president for the Jewish people, despite his Muslim background."

Nowhere is Malik quoted. The Jerusalem Post has since taken the story down of its website,

It ended up on Fox News, with anchor Brut Hume saying on June 16 that: "Barack Obama is a practicing Christian, married in a Christian church, whose children were also baptized in that church. His campaign has emphasized his faith in part to dispel what the campaign calls an online smear campaign which contends among other things that Obama was raised a Muslim. There is even a statement on his official campaign website reading, quote, 'Obama has never been a Muslim, and is a committed Christian.' But Obama's half brother is not so sure. Malik Obama tells The Jerusalem Post that, 'if elected his brother will be a good president for the Jewish people, despite his Muslim background.'"

So is it true? No.

Brit Hume reads the smear, repeats the smear because Conservatives pounced on it and once again pushed a false narrative into our airwaves. I watched the next two days of Hume's Political Grape Vine section and he didn't issue a correction. Leave a message in for FOX: Send news tip to FOXNews.com on the bottom right of the page.

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