McCain vs. The Truth
August 1, 2008 Leave a comment
Why look, a new McCain commercial:
Using the line that was debunked two days ago:
“This is the moment . . . that the world is waiting for,” adding: “I have become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions.”
On Wednesday morning, House leadership aides pushed back against interpretations of this comment as self-aggrandizing, saying that when the presumptive Democratic nominee said, “I have become a symbol of the possibility of America,” he was actually trying to deflect attention from himself.
No tape of the event exists and no one is denying the quote.
But one leadership aide said the full quote put it into a different context. According to that aide, Obama said, “It has become increasingly clear in my travel, the campaign — that the crowds, the enthusiasm, 200,000 people in Berlin, is not about me at all. It’s about America. I have just become a symbol.”
TPM offers a video round up of the media portrayal of Dana Milbank’s inflammatory misquote:
All it took to set off a full 24 hours of cable news hysteria was one quote that the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank attributed to Barack Obama – secondhand, unsourced, out of context, and eventually widely disputed. Nice work, everybody.
and more about the “gross distortion” of the Obama quote.