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Larry Johnson - NO CREDIBILITY (update x 3)
Posted by: McQ on Monday, June 02, 2008

If the alleged Michelle Obama tape exists, Larry Johnson doesn't have it despite promises to post it by 9am today. From one of his co-bloggers at "NO QUARTER":
FYI, for those expecting to SEE the tape, GET REAL. Read Larry Johnson’s description of what is ON the tape. That is the story.
Heh ... don't you love the "get real". For all the skeptics, point made. For Larry Johnson, the new name of your blog is in the headline.

UPDATE: Finally got back into Johnson's original post and it says:
New and dramatic developments. This is a heads up. I’ll post the news Monday morning by 0900 hours. Now I know why people who have seen the videotape say it is stunning. Barack’s headaches are only starting.
Sure wish I had a screen cap of it from when I first read that line. I seem to remember the word "video" where "news" now resides.

Searching ...

Hmmm ... James Joyner apparently had the same understanding of what Johnson was going to produce as I:
Larry Johnson’s propaganda effort has worked. His promise to produce a “stunning” and “dramatic” video of Michelle Obama ranting about “whitey” has overloaded his servers.
So either we both misread it or something has changed. Still searching ...

Curt at Flopping Aces - same impression:
Larry Johnson appears to have the videotape of Michelle Obama that has been rumored to exist. He is gonna post it tomorrow.
UPDATE II: Dale just called to confirm the word "news" was in the original post. It was the rest of the language that implied he had or had at least seen the tape, i.e. "Now I know why people who have seen the videotape say it is stunning."

Yeah? If you haven't seen it or don't have it, how do you know why people say that?

Anyway, mea culpa for reading what I wanted to see in the Johnson thingie.

UPDATE III: The supposed "whitey" quote allegedly said by Michelle Obama:
Reported verbiage from Michelle Obama’s tape

“Once again, the white man keeps us down, what’s up with Whitey, Why’d he attack Iraq, Why’d he let Katrina happen, Why’d he leave millions of children behind. This is the legacy the white man gives us”
Booman Tribune explains it away thusly:
From what I understand, it is a tape of Michelle Obama criticizing the Bush administration.

How you'd write it:

Why did Bush cut folks off medicaid?
Why did Bush let New Orleans drown?
Why did Bush do nothing about Jena?
Why did Bush put us in Iraq for no reason?

How you'd say it:

Why'd he cut folks off medicaid?
Why'd he let New Orleans drown?
Why'd he do nothing about Jena?
Why'd he put us in Iraq for no reason?

How Larry Johnson wants you to hear it:

Whitie cut folks off medicaid?
Whitie let New Orleans drown?
Whitie do nothing about Jena?
Whitie put us in Iraq for no reason?
Note that the defense apparently assumes the "whitey" references concern the questions about medicaid, New Orleans, Jena and Iraq. In fact, the quote only talks about Katrina and Iraq (and children) and does indeed use "why'd" and not "whitey". "Whitey" shows up prior to the litany and there are two references to "the white man".

If Booman has it right, I'd probably buy into their defense. If the other site has the accurate quote, Booman's got it wrong. But regardless, without a video or audio, this is all an exercise in speculation.
 
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To me, watching the reactions of Democrats to the mere rumor is almost a interesting as the tape itself.
 
Written By: Bithead
URL: http://bitsblog.florack.us
Yeah, this is a bit irksome. Not only does he not have the tape, now he says he hasn’t even seen it. Essentially, his story is that some guy told him there was a tape, and its, you know, icky.

That’s his big story. We had to wait through the weekend for "this dude saw the tape and told me it’s damaging?" What a crock.
 
Written By: Dale Franks
URL: http://www.qando.net
I guess he got what he wanted: a lot of traffic! Another thing is to read the comments to the post, they actually eat it raw ... hilarious! This primary is getting more and more funny—pleas stay in the race Billary!
 
Written By: Jon Herstad
URL: http://idioten.blogspot.com/
so when, exactly, are we going to see this tape?

or is this the red herring of 2008?
 
Written By: Joel C.
URL: http://
...or is this the red herring of 2008?
It’s going to be as big as "Sealed vs. Sealed"...
 
Written By: CR
URL: http://
It’s going to be as big as "Sealed vs. Sealed"...


I think the tape is in the same place as "Sealed vs. Sealed"
 
Written By: Twicedimed
URL: http://
I guess I am not surprised. He and Leopold were pushing the imminent Rove indictment so nothing new.

If most of the CIA analysts are like Larry, then it would explain a lot.
 
Written By: capt joe
URL: http://
heh

perhaps we can get Giraldo on this...turn it into another Capone’s Vault
 
Written By: Joel C.
URL: http://
There is no tape.

If you read LJ stuff, it’s clear that he is trying his best to believe his own rumours .. and still doesn’t believe it himself.

Nobody has gone on record as having seen it (except perhaps LJ).
Nobody knows if Karl Rove, Lee Atwater, E. Howard Hunt or Donald Segretti have a copy of the tape, that’s only LJ spinning.

Have a good laugh .. but don’t expect any tape .. ever
 
Written By: Neo
URL: http://
Nobody knows if Karl Rove, Lee Atwater, E. Howard Hunt or Donald Segretti have a copy of the tape, that’s only LJ spinning.

Have a good laugh .. but don’t expect any tape .. ever
Good laugh had! And I really, truly don’t expect the tape — ever — from Atwater or Hunt. If either of them have it, it’s melted by now for sure.
 
Written By: Linda Morgan
URL: http://
This isn’t even credible gossip anymore. Why are you wasting your time on it?
 
Written By: timactual
URL: http://
This isn’t even credible gossip anymore. Why are you wasting your time on it?
Not reality? Add perception.

But regardless, without a video or audio, this is all an exercise in speculation.
Then you must be pure tuckered out by now.
Without any video, audio, or written word, this whole notion that the Obama’s are racists has been nothing but an exercise in speculation.

You best get in shape though. Because it’s quite possible that the next four years will require old-style, nineteen-nineties endurance from the Right.


Frankly, I don’t know why some of you want this tape to exist. The man could be running our country for the next four years. Why would anyone want him to be a racist? These “I hope the tape exists” comments from some of you are disheartening.

Wouldn’t you want the two candidates to be good people? I know I do. It’s policy differences that one would hope the American people would be voting on.

It’s a strange desire from some of you.

Cheers.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
URL: http://
Frankly, I don’t know why some of you want this tape to exist. The man could be running our country for the next four years.
Not if that tape exists - QED.

And I’m sorry if this seems the least bit unPC, but I don’t want that man anywhere near the reigns of power because he is about as far left as one can get and, if you haven’t picked up on it yet, a purveyor of politics which are completely opposite mine. Ted Kennedy is less liberal than Barack Obama. John Kerry is ... well you get the picture.
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.QandO.net
What I’d like to see and hear, assuming it’s "Why’d he" and not "whitey", is what the other folks like uncle Louie F. who are sitting at the same table have to say on that video...

And I’d like to know where Sen. Obama is sitting... :)
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
URL: http://
I’m just waiting for LJ to say ..

MADE YOU LOOK
 
Written By: Neo
URL: http://
Without any video, audio, or written word, this whole notion that the Obama’s are racists has been nothing but an exercise in speculation.
I’m not so much concearned that Obama’s racist as I am concearned that he’s an anti-American leftist. And there is more than speculation on that point: he associates with a lot of anti-American leftits, so he obviously is comfortable with their beliefs.
Wouldn’t you want the two candidates to be good people? I know I do.
Want? Yeah, I guess with you Obama zombies, want carries a lot of weight . . .
It’s policy differences that one would hope the American people would be voting on.
It isn’t just policy differences. It’s ability and personality and character.

The best candidate may not have the best policy positions. For example, I’d vote Rudy any day over Ron Paul, even though Paul is probably closer to me on domestic policy . . .
 
Written By: Don
URL: http://
Apparently, at least one version of the transcript is as follows
Once again, the white man keeps us down. What’s up with Whitey? Why’d he attack Iraq, Why’d he let Katrina happen, Why’d he leave millions of children behind. This is the legacy the white man gives us.
It contains the "See, it isn’t ’whitey’, you racists" part, but includes "The White Man" as the Noun that "he" is used in place of...

This version, if accurate, would be just as damning as
Whitey attack Iraq, Whitey let Katrina happen, Whitey leave millions of children behind.
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
URL: http://
Want? Yeah, I guess with you Obama zombies, want carries a lot of weight . . .
So wanting both candidates to be good people makes me an Obama zombie!?
It isn’t just policy differences. It’s ability and personality and character.

The best candidate may not have the best policy positions. For example, I’d vote Rudy any day over Ron Paul, even though Paul is probably closer to me on domestic policy
That’s odd.
So the closest person to your own policy beliefs would lose out to someone with ability, personality, and character? No matter what the policy he/she desires!?
Odd.

It’s like you want a president you can have a beer with? Is that it???

I’ll tell you what. Why don’t we elect someone who might be a first rate assh*le, but is at least competent and honest? That would be good, right? Not suggesting that we have that choice now, mind you. But at least that’s something to strive for, yes?

I’ll take you out for beers. Trust me, you’ll have a ball.

I know a place where the girls really knows what’s fer.
 
Written By: PogueMahone
URL: http://
I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother’s race.
—Barack Obama, Dreams From My Father
As far as I’m concerned, Trinity is a church that teaches racism and anyone who spends 20 years as a devoted member without opposing its racist teachings is to some degree racist himself and should not be president, anymore than a white politician who similarly attends a white racist church.

To cover this up Obama has lied about the nature of his church, his awareness of its racist teachings, and its congregation’s enthusiastic support for those teachings.

No one from Trinity should be president or first lady. I’d like to see a video like the purported one about Michelle Obama that would definitively reveal the sort of people the Obamas are and sink Obama’s shot at the presidency now and forever.
 
Written By: huxley
URL: http://
Why don’t we elect someone who might be a first rate assh*le, but is at least competent and honest? That would be good, right? Not suggesting that we have that choice now, mind you.
Sorry, but I turn but 30 this year... We’d have to wait two cycles for me to be old enough...

But if selected, I would run. :)
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
URL: http://
That’s odd.
So the closest person to your own policy beliefs would lose out to someone with ability, personality, and character? No matter what the policy he/she desires!?
Odd.
I didn’t say "no matter what the policy". Policy is one factor in the decision. In some cases it is the most important, but that assumes a significant gulf in policy between the choices.

Carter was a disaster as president, both because his policy ideas were bad but also due to his personality. In fact, to some extent it appears to me that the office forces policy moderation on the sitting president; Carter was more a leftist than his policy reflected, Reagan was more conservative than his policy reflected.
It’s like you want a president you can have a beer with? Is that it???
No, that’s not it.

I’d probably prefer to have a beer with Ron over Rudy or most of the other competition. I just don’t think Ron would be a good president.

When I say personality, I don’t mean someone I would personally like, but the traits that make for good leadership: seeing the big picture not just the details, leading not following the polls, etc.
 
Written By: Don
URL: http://
Somewhat off-topic, but on the matter of whether Larry Johnson edited his original post and changed the word "video" to "news", such unmarked modification of No Quarter posts has happened before. I noticed one such instance in March during an encouter I had with NQ guest blogger SusanUnPC.

So suggesting that Johnson edited one of his posts without telling anyone isn’t a foreign accusation to that blog. They’ve done it before.
 
Written By: tas
URL: http://commentsfromleftfield.com
Once again, the white man keeps us down. What’s up with Whitey? Why’d he attack Iraq, Why’d he let Katrina happen, Why’d he leave millions of children behind. This is the legacy the white man gives us.
...

This version, if accurate, would be just as damning as
Whitey attack Iraq, Whitey let Katrina happen, Whitey leave millions of children behind.
Sounds to me it was a deliberate homophone for a deliberate dual meaning. Both are meant to be applied. Inserting such devices deliberately in a speach would not be out of place with the speaking style from Trinity’s pulpit.

Someone connected with Obama is a highly skilled speech writer(s). A deliberate homophone to be ’cute’ about having a more defensible version of her statements would probably be within that person’s scope.

 
Written By: jpm100
URL: http://
And it would show a special level of insanity...

If you are going to plan your statement to have a portion that can be cut to sound mor einnocent...

How about you not speak infront of a freaking camera in the first place???

Or not talk?
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
URL: http://
And it would show a special level of insanity...

If you are going to plan your statement to have a portion that can be cut to sound mor einnocent...

How about you not speak infront of a freaking camera in the first place???

Or not talk?
Makes me think of "I didn’t inhale" and "the meaning of ’is’".
 
Written By: Don
URL: http://
And it would show a special level of insanity...

If you are going to plan your statement to have a portion that can be cut to sound mor einnocent...

How about you not speak infront of a freaking camera in the first place???

Or not talk?
Because she gets to insult Whites and Bush at the same time.

If it was an English Lit class, [politics aside] she would get bonus points for doing it.
 
Written By: jpm100
URL: http://

 
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