Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Second thoughts on Obama's 'walkback'

Posted By on Tue, Aug 17, 2010 at 11:56 AM

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Just in case you're under the illusion that the media is treating Obama fairly —¬†or even, as some insist, giving him too much slack — here's NBC's skewed spinning of his remarks this weekend on the so-called "Mosque at Ground Zero."

(For background, you can click here to read last week's IndyBlog post chronicling of the controversy, complete with a very nice Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam video.)

Credited to the upper echelon of NBC's news team, the blog insists Obama somehow "walked back" on his previous stance.

It's a claim that isn't exactly reality-based, as you'll see in this argument from the company's online First Thoughts page as well as the actual CNN clip they're referring to.

Given the dubious logic of NBC's argument, would it really be asking too much from our mainstream media to give important issues some second thought?

First thoughts: Team Obama and D.C. drama
Obama weighing in on mosque controversy — and then walking it back — shows the White House cares more about the cable/DC chatter than it lets on…

Weighing in and then walking it back:
Previously, the White House had declared the issue a local matter (and the mosque was approved locally in New York). But then President Obama weighed in personally, saying: “As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country.” For those of us who have followed Obama since 2004, it was an unsurprising stance, and we guess that George W. Bush would have said something similar if he were still president. But what was surprising to many — including Democrats — was: 1) that Obama decided to get involved in a matter that was already resolved; 2) that he did so without the White House having any surrogates and validators ready to back him up as he departed for a weekend getaway; and 3) that he appeared to walk back his comments on the mosque just a day later. “I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there,” he said. “I was commenting very specifically on the right people have that dates back to our founding.”

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