October 15th, 2008
12:34 PM ET

Candidates hit back on Web attacks

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Barack Obama is not a Muslim, and John McCain did not tell the television show "60 Minutes" he was a war criminal who intentionally bombed women and children in Vietnam.

Joe Biden is not planning to step aside in favor of Hillary Clinton as vice president, and Sarah Palin did not order books banned from the library when she was mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.

But if you have spent any time browsing the Internet this year, you may have read rumors to the contrary.

All these stories - and more - are being e-mailed to friends and family and posted on blogs.

And they are all false.

Heard that Obama was really born in Kenya and thus not eligible to be president? Wrong.

Heard that Palin was a member of the Alaska Independence Party? Nope, she wasn't.

But these stories are potentially damaging to the presidential campaigns of Obama and McCain, Washington communications expert Ron Bonjean warned, so it is critical to rebut them as firmly as possible.


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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. jill

    God help us...we will become a socialist country if Obama geta in.

    October 15, 2008 at 1:08 pm |
  2. Joe

    So, instead of the typical cat and dog fights they lean on each other so those at the top playing the game can't be toppled. The Illumiate, those people whomever they are, are the real players in this game. You see if one stands alone the resistance will blow them over, so both parties have to conspire.

    October 15, 2008 at 12:37 pm |
  3. Maria

    To advance political race, put spices, it might help.

    October 15, 2008 at 12:35 pm |
  4. Arachnae

    Sarah Palin did not order books banned from the library when she was mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.

    No, she just asked the librarian what the PROCESS was to ban books; the librarian told her there wasn't one because books could not be banned. Isn't it likely to assume that Palin had at least some idea of books she wanted removed? If she didn't, why even ask? She later tried to fire the librarian and only backed down when the entire town reared up in defense of her. Unrelated?

    Heard that Palin was a member of the Alaska Independence Party? Nope, she wasn’t.

    No, she wasn't, but her husband was, as recently as 2002, and Palin herself gave a video-taped welcome to the '06 AIP convention as governor. This isn't something someone did forty years ago or when someone was young and impressionable – this was two years ago that Palin was speaking admiringly of the aims of a secessionist group. And her relationship with her own husband is, one would hope, closer than Obama's with a guy he sat on a few committees with. Yet this isn't worth discussing?

    I admire CNN's attempts to rebut the smears, but in these two cases at least, your answers are incomplete enough to leave an impression that is at odds with the truth. I know CNN know the parts of these stories it chose to leave out, so it raises questions about CNN's intentions that these contextual facts are left out.

    October 15, 2008 at 12:21 pm |
  5. Annie Kate

    If Obama is elected to the Presidency and serves 8 years even if he went to a Christian church each Sunday and showed in other ways that he is Christian there are always going to be those who believe he is Muslim and nothing will dissuade them. Unfortunately some people think that because it is written down some place it is true – there does not seem to be any realization that some people just put up stuff true or not to advance their own agenda.

    I've seen emails on both Palin and Obama and I have them automatically set to go to the spam folder and be deleted. Life is just too short to pay attention to this junk.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    October 15, 2008 at 12:17 pm |
  6. Bob Kummeth

    Why don't the candidates just tell us what they will do instead of running down everybody connected with the other party. I don't believe the people like all this negative stuff and that is why Obama is winning.

    October 15, 2008 at 12:14 pm |
  7. Cindy

    I have received every one of these false statements in emails. But all you have to do is look on the net and they are easily proven wrong. But I guess there are some who choose to believe this mess and don't look into it's authenticity. Hopefully people won't be voting on this rhetoric anyway, but on the issues.


    October 15, 2008 at 12:11 pm |