Friday, September 19, 2008

Time Magazine: McCain Plays the Race Card

You can watch the ad for yourself and decide whether the sinister images of two black men followed by the frail old white lady is playing to race, but the most important point is that the claims in this ad are, once again, utterly false.

Frank Raines is not an economic adviser to Barack Obama as he himself has made clear.

Statement from Frank Raines on the ad: "I am not an advisor to Barack Obama, nor have I provided his campaign with advice on housing or economic matters."
Obama's camp have issued a statement:
"This is another flat-out lie from a dishonorable campaign that is increasingly incapable of telling the truth. Frank Raines has never advised Senator Obama about anything -- ever. And by the way, someone whose campaign manager and top advisor worked and lobbied for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac shouldn't be throwing stones from his seven glass houses," said Obama-Biden campaign spokesman Bill Burton.
I'm not sure that I agree with Time's reading of this, that race is the point of this ad. It could be argued that both men simply happen to be black. I am much more concerned that, once again, the McCain camp are spreading lies.

Their defence...
McCain spokesman Brian Rogers notes that Obama didn't contradict the claim when it first appeared in the Post.
... is simply pathetic. You can't make claims simply because you read it in a newspaper. A political campaign should have it's own researchers and enough confidence in it's own assertions to stand by it's own claims.

Once again we see that the truth is less important to McCain than the effect he hopes to gain from negative advertising.

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