Michael Dobbs at The Washington Post actually writes the following when fact-checking the new McCain ad about Obama's ties to politically connected Fannie Mae exec Franklin Raines:
The McCain video attempts to link Obama to Franklin Raines, the former CEO of the bankrupt mortgage giant, Fannie Mae, who also happens to be African-American. It then shows a photograph of an elderly white woman taxpayer who has supposedly been "stuck with the bill" as a result of the "extensive financial fraud" at Fannie Mae.
So what evidence does the McCain campaign have for the supposed Obama-Raines connection? It is pretty flimsy, but it is not made up completely out of whole cloth. McCain spokesman Brian Rogers points to three items in the Washington Post in July and August. It turns out that the three items (including an editorial) all rely on the same single conversation, between Raines and a Washington Post reporter, Anita Huslin, who wrote a Style section profile of the discredited Fannie Mae boss that appeared on July 16. The profile reported that Raines, who retired from Fannie Mae four years ago, had "taken calls from Barack Obama's presidential campaign seeking his advice on mortgage and housing policy matters."
"Pretty Flimsy?" Let's look at the text from the ad about Obama getting advice from Raines on mortgage and housing policy matters:
The Post says it's Franklin Raines, for "advice on mortgage and housing policy."
So the Post is telling us to not to trust their own reporting. Instead, we're supposed to trust a guy who oversaw a company that committed major financial fraud, all under the watchful eyes of Senator Chris Dodd and Barry Obama.
nah... nuance. context. framework.
No word on the WaPo's fact check regarding the Johnson ad. No doubt they'll say that he really didn't have that much to do with Obama's Vice Presidential selection process.
ARC: St Wendeler