Here’s a link to a pretty good dissection of the rumor going around that there’s some video of Michelle Obama railing against “whitey” at some forum that seems to keep changing venues depending on who’s dispensing this bit of unfounded conjecture.
The conceit is a video exists of Michelle Obama speaking at an unidentified forum as part of a panel including, once again depending on who is dispensing the rumor, possibly the devil himself, and as part of her rant she denounces “whitey” and how caucasians are keeping others down.
I’m certainly not going to say such a video doesn’t exist, but there’s absolutely no proof she ever made such a statement. Barrack has gone on the offensive to tamp down these rumors, and my personal guess is if this video existed in any form it would be on YouTube, Fox News and media outlets sundry by now.
As it stands the “rumor” has percolated since last week and no video has been produced. All the bloggers and talking heads who bring it up can do no better than talk about how someone they know knows someone who’s seen the video in question.
So far, this is a classic urban legend FOAF story — a Friend Of A Friend told me about …
I wouldn’t call this totally debunked, but given it’s overripe nature time-wise with no tangible proof, I’d say it’s a solid 95%+ debunked.
From the first link:
On Monday I blogged about the rumors of a video that shows Michelle Obama making hateful comments about “whitey.” I’m now convinced that Larry Johnson, the blogger who’s done the most to make the rumors public, is spreading misinformation. At the least, he’s been unable to stick to his story.
Until he comes out with a video tape that shows at least one of the many rumored “Michelle speeches,” I think that’s the last we need to hear from Larry Johnson.
Update: Here’s a little debunking from the right over at the Corner —
Why Does the Michelle Obama Tape Rumor Match a 2006 Novel?
Sometimes, this rumor of this alleged tape of Michelle Obama denouncing “whitey” sounds like something out of a clichéd political thriller novel.
Actually, it sounds exactly like something out of a clichéd political thriller novel. Specifically, Stephen Frey’s The Power Broker, published in 2006 by Ballantine Books.
A major plot line of the novel is the presidential campaign of Democrat Jesse Wood, aiming to be the country’s first African American president — “Wood was handsome, smart, charismatic, and being mentioned increasingly often in the press as someone who could unite a twenty-first century America growing more, not less, racially and economically divided.” (p.35)
From later in the post:
Why is a conservative blogger putting this much effort into dispelling a rumor that, on paper at least, would hurt Obama? Because those who prefer a president besides Obama should not go through the summer and fall convinced that a magic-bullet devastating tape is going to appear as an October surprise to save the day.
Also, there are a lot of good reasons to vote against Barack Obama; but what people claim Michelle Obama says on a tape that no one can produce and no one has seen isn’t one of them.