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Rumor Mill Takes Aim at Presidential Candidate Barack ObamaCody Sheets Salem-News.com
E-mails based on political agendas, are causing the facts to be blurred and changing the real picture to one of forcefully mistaken identity.
(SALEM, Ore.) - With less than twenty-four hours before the New Hampshire Primaries are conducted, an old rumor has resurfaced that threatens to confuse uninformed readers.
Formerly posted on rumor filled websites, and only circulated minimally through e-mail, the dirty political rumors of the Internet have returned full scale to combat the serious rise of Barack Obama's chances to be President Elect.
If you have opened up your e-mail recently, you may have noticed two things were new. One, there is a new person listed under your contact list, Mary, and two, Mary has sent an e-mail claiming that Barack Obama is actually a Muslim extremist.
Mary then goes on to list a site, Snopes.com, that would tell you why Barack is actually a Muslim extremist, and why you should not vote for the man who will "destroy this country from the inside out."
The e-mail attacks his birth to Muslim parents, and a random picture where Obama did not have his hand on his heart during the national anthem. They also attack his repeated comments that he is not, nor ever was, a follower of Islam. They bring up the school he went to as a child, and claim it was a madrassa an Arabic secular or religious school often referred to in this country as an "Islamic religious school." The e-mail goes on to call him a liar, and say he is "an instrument of terrorism".
These e-mail rumors were presented sparsely in January of 2007, but made their way to the attention of the Washington Post who reported that, "The rumors about Obama have been echoed on Internet message boards and chain e-mails... Human Events, another conservative magazine, published on its Web site a package of articles called 'Barack Obama Exposed.' One of them was titled 'The First Muslim President?'"
But a closer examination of the Snopes.com data under 'Barack Obama' tells a very different story than the e-mail. The site in fact specifically states that the information in the e-mail is not true, as cited in the graphic below.
What do yesterday's rumors have to do with today's elections?
Everything. Because this time, the e-mail chain lettering and falsified rumors about Obama's religion have been re-issued with no time for New Hampshire voters to re-evaluate the truth.
When the rumors first came, they could be found and debunked, long before any real damage could be done. But, in light of the elections, and with little time to fight back, it seems that these new e-mails may affect voters before those voters will know the truth.
These e-mail senders are putting forth their own political agendas by causing the facts to be blurred, and changing the real picture to one of forcefully mistaken identity. Do not let these lies cloud the vision of what's real, or allow the words of rumor mills to change true history.
Despite repeated e-mail attempts to the sender, Mary, no reply has been received. The people will give an honest response to Mary when tomorrow's elections are at an end, and that will require no reply.
The video below from CNN takes the viewer to Barack Obama's school in Indonesia which the bogus email claims is a "radical Muslim" school, and shows that the allegation couldn't be any farther from the truth.
Cody Sheets is the latest addition to the Salem-News.com writing staff. President of Verbatim et Litteram at Chemeketa Community College's Writing Organization, Cody brings a fresh perspective to Salem-News as a freshman college writer. Cody's experience in the field of journalism is extensive for a person his age. He has served as the Editor-in-Chief of two papers, including both his middle school, and high school newspapers. We at Salem-News.com welcome Cody aboard and we are very excited about featuring stories that appeal to a younger audience through the eyes of a dynamic young student writer. If you would like to reach Cody Sheets, you can email him at this address: LordTekrin@live.com
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