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The Obama-Bell hug and the manufacturing of scandal March 12, 2012

Posted by rmshepard in Uncategorized.
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Just before he tragically died, conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart claimed to possess a video showing Barack Obama as a law student embracing a political extremist. The video, which showed Obama introducing black Harvard professor Derrick Bell at a rally years ago, was released after Breitbart’s death but it has not had the impact that he had hoped. Breitbart’s website called the Obama-Bell connection “the latest in a pattern of Barack Obama’s associations with individuals who promoted a racially divisive America.” The video has been called race-baiting by some critics, and a manufactured controversy by others.

For more criticism of Breitbart’s last smear campaign, see the following analysis from Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks:

Discussion Questions:

1.  Why did the Obama-Bell hug fail to be the scandal that Breitbart hoped it would be?

2.  Was Breitbart’s “leak” of the tape racially motivated? Why, or why not?

3.  Breitbart was famous for these kinds of announcements. In light of this, should he be remembered as a journalist, or something entirely different?

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