Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Here's why people say Obama is getting a free ride from the national news media

Obama Talks of Family's Military Service - From The Road: "Obama also spoke about his uncle, who was part of the American brigade that helped to liberate Auschwitz. He said the family legend is that, upon returning from war, his uncle spent six months in an attic. “Now obviously, something had really affected him deeply, but at that time there just weren’t the kinds of facilities to help somebody work through that kind of pain,” Obama said. “That’s why this idea of making sure that every single veteran, when they are discharged, are screened for post-traumatic stress disorder and given the mental health services that they need – that’s why it’s so important.”"
That is a report from CBS News' Maria Gavrilovic. She unquestioningly reports what he said, but what he said is not true. His American uncle couldn't have been involved in liberating the Auschwitz concentration camp, because Auschwitz was in Poland and it was liberated by the Soviet Army. Here is what Wikipedia says: "On January 17, 1945 Nazi personnel started to evacuate the facility; most of the prisoners were forced on a death march to the camp toward Wodzisław Śląski (German: Loslau). Those too weak or sick to walk were left behind; about 7,500 prisoners were liberated by the 322nd Rifle Division of the Red Army on January 27 1945."

This gaffe is being widely reported on the web, but I will bet that you don't see it reported in the major media. Ask yourself what would happen if John McCain or Hillary Clinton had said this. Remember what happened to Clinton over the imagined Tuzla sniper fire?

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