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Ms. Stern also cannot confirm cries of "kill him" vs. Obama

Reader comment on item: Predicting the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election
in response to reader comment: Dear American Voter, November 20, 2008 at 16:50

Submitted by AmericanVoter (United States), Nov 26, 2008 at 03:00

Dear Ms. Stern,

You were asked to name when (what days/times) you heard "kill him" directed vs. Obama at a Philadelphia rally, and to reference a supporting Internet account of this Philadelphia rally where "kill him" was supposedly yelled. Instead you write;

"I personally had attended one of the rallies and some of my fellow dog handlers at my training club had attended the same and other rallies. I, and my fellow handlers, are all college-educated from the finest first and second-tier universities. We know exactly what we heard...The fact is that these people were clearly riled up by the speaker at the podium. These crazies were not discouraged; they were encouraged. As a graduate student of political science and Near Eastern studies, I know what I saw and heard..."

I too attended first-tier universities where learned, as a professional historian, to DOCUMENT all potentially controversial assertions. Without such corroborating evidence, it would be foolisth to believe your claim Ms. Stern, based solely on your insistance that you know what you heard After all, I'm sure that the lone rally attendee in Clearwater FL who claimed to have heard "kill him" "knew"--or thought she "knew" what she heard too. But the cries of "tell him" or "tell them" --which is all that the Secret Service could verify from tapes of that Clearwater rally---can honestly be confused with "kill him." The woman could have honestly thought she heard "kill him" when no one in fact yelled this. I advised you to contact the Secret Service about the specific time(s) you (supposedly) heard "kill him" directed against Obama at Philadelphia rallies , but you have apparently not done so. What's wrong? Are you afraid to find out from the tapes that the Secret Service routinely makes that maybe someone said "tell him" instead of "kill him"?

As for your exhortation that the election is over, and we should all "unify" to "fix" public health, hasn't it occurred to Obama supporters (or Obama himself) that it is wrong to accuse opponents of reprehensible acts, such as encouraging death threats, racism etc. without evidence, and that these smear tactics are unlikely to engender a desire to "unify" ? And do you really think any new entitlement program, could be "fixed" if we take the sort of approach to evidence that you take Ms. Stern? I don't have to provide any evidence/ support for why I am entitled to such&such a benefit, since I went to a good university and I "know" what I heard/experienced...

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