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Bad fact checking is bad

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in response to reader comment: Filling in the Blanks of Obama's college years.....

Submitted by Jerry (United States), Oct 17, 2008 at 07:22

I'm not even a huge fan of Obama but...this message just sort of comes off as racist. Rezko does seem to be pretty seedy and just happens to have come from Syria. But he helped design Nuclear reactors here in the states. So you know that the state dept. had this guy check out, probably not a terrorist or militant Islamists. I'm not sure why she points out that he's from Syria at all really. I dont even know why she only mentions that... Read More Jarrett is from Iran...

If you actually google Valerie Jarrett you'll see that her grandfather came over in the 1940's and was the Chicago Housing Authority. She spent some time in England. Her mom started a child development institute in Chicago. Her father, a pathologist and geneticist, is Professor Emeritus in Pathology and Medicine, University of Chicago. He ran a hospital for poor children. Valerie herself is the chairman on the board of trustees for the University of Chicago Medical Center. These sound like honorable contribitutions from a family that happened to immigrate her from Iran.

Robert Malley is currently Program Director for Middle East and North Africa at the International Crisis Group in Washington, D.C., and a former Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton for Arab-Israeli Affairs. His job to talk to groups like Hamas and reports his findings to the state dept.

This lady just comes off as xenophobic and label's anyone that came from the middle east or deals with the middle east as less than American. If this was really damaging stuff you know McCain or someone else would've brought it up. I had to look it up for myself because my bro, a photojournalist, has taught me to fact check things before I use them to determine my stance on something...

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