Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Paul Goldman smears Oprah and Obama

When I saw this yesterday I could hardly believe my eyes. Paul Goldman, previously of Doug Wilder fame, had launched an incredibly sleazy smear against Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama.

Goldman falsely attributes the following words to Oprah Winfrey: he claims that Winfrey has referred to Obama as "the chosen one" and then draws an extended comparison to that "quote" and the furor over the late John Lennon's offhand remark in 1966 that the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus now." I'm a big Beatles fan and John Lennon fan myself, but I find Lennon's statement to be offensive and I wish he had not said such a thing.

That's where Goldman's big lie comes in: Oprah Winfrey never said that Barack Obama was "the chosen one" and never drew a comparison between Obama and Jesus. Goldman's entire post is an extended comparison of the quote Goldman falsely attributes to Winfrey and the quote from Lennon, which he retracted and apologized for in 1966. Why then does Goldman push such a false and hurtful comparison?

I don't know, could it be he is a supporter of another candidate? Shouldn't Goldman disclose his preference for another candidate if he is going to launch himself headfirst at Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama?

Why is WWBT-12 in Richmond providing a platform for false and malicious political attacks? Should WWBT-12 have fact-checked Goldman's post to ensure that he didn't make any false claims? What is WWBT-12 thinking, providing a platform for political smears disguised as "commentary"?

A final note: this past Saturday, December 8th, was the 27th anniversary of John Lennon's murder in 1980. I think that it's incredibly tacky to exploit a low point in Lennon's career on the anniversary of his death to smear Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey. Shame on you Mr. Goldman.

You can read Paul Goldman's incredibly offensive "Jesus vs. Oprah" at WWBT 12's website.

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