Friday, August 8, 2008

Just Asking...

Marc Ambinder asks the following question:
If there were a group of questionable donations all with the name Abdullah
that were funneled through a guy in Jordan
who is a Jordanian national
who is under investigation for war profiteering
and it were Barack Obama
instead of John McCain
would this be a bigger deal?
Marc, the answer to that question is a resounding "no"!

For indeed, Barack Obama did receive questionable donations - about $30,000 worth - from two Palestinian nationals living in Gaza - and neither the New York Times or anyone else in the mainstream media bothered covering that story.

And the Jordanian national you refer to merely contacted Arab Americans living in California and asked them to contribute to Senator McCain's campaign, he did not donate any of the money himself. So let me rephrase your question for you:

If there were a group of questionable donations - over $30,000 worth - all with the name Edwan
that were donated by 2 Palestinian nationals living in Rafah
and it were John McCain
instead of Barack Obama
would this be a bigger deal? Would the New York Slimes choose to ignore this story? Or would they splash it all over the front page - as they did with the Abdullah story - and pose a more troubling question: Where did the Edwan's $30,000 really come from?
Double Standard? I think so.

And Marc, was it just a mere coincidence that the New York Times published their story on McCain only a few days after the Obama/Edwan story broke? Hmmm?... Marc? I'm "Just asking..."

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