Did Michelle Obama Say "Whitey?" Is McCain A "War Hero?"

By: Stephanie Shoop -- News Director
By: Stephanie Shoop -- News Director

Are you frustrated yet this election year?  It seems like the information overload...  some of it true, some of it not... is as aggressive as it's ever been.

In recent months, we've heard it all... people have questioned everything Barack Obama's religious beliefs to John McCain's military service. The internet accusations are so prevalent Obama's campaign has set up a web site to address them. The campaign is now responding to a claim that Michelle obama used the word "Whitey" in a speech. The campaign says she did not. McCain called the allegations about his military service a "smear campaign." 

We hear a lot about the "media" portraying candidates in a favorable or unfavorable light. We can't speak for our national journalistic brethren. But at WITN-TV, we work really hard to balance our coverage as fairly as possible. (You can check out blogs from the "Big Chair" about recent political coverage.)

With other sources, we have to guard against incorrect information and rumors being accepted and believed as correct.  For example, bloggers write posts that appear to be the gospel truth. But a little research often uncovers the discrepancies.

There is no doubt... we are fortunate to live in a democracy. Elections often showcase America at its finest. But they can also spotlight America at its worst, as innuendo, speculation and rumors about candidates and their families are discussed and even accepted.

We certainly have to shine a bright light on our future leaders, to determine who they really are. But we need to do it fairly and accurately.

 

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  • by christine Location: washington on Oct 21, 2008 at 02:14 AM
    don't be on michelle obama. please stop the hate.oh yea what the lady name that are running with mccain, it doesn;t matter, she can't control her daughter how can she run a country and she run her on household. what about this joe the plumber, that's somebody that mccain, had gotten to ask obama a stuiped question.that's just like mccain campaine to do some dirty trick. but it didn't work. what plumber you know that make 250,000.00 a year. that don't even sound right, if he is making that much money he need to spread it around to the joe's plumber. thank-you
  • by KDW Location: Goldsboro,N.C. on Oct 5, 2008 at 02:44 PM
    This is DOUBLE STANDARDS!!! ANYTHING McCain or Palin say against Obama they are crucified and the liberial media jumps on it !!! They want to keep this quiet!!! I guess we're suppose torealize that Michelle Obama doesn't know any better!!! She just knows she can get away with anything!!! This is a perfect example the media is biased.I agree with Jesse THE WHOLE OBAMA FAMILY CREEPS ME OUT TOO !!! They are really a scarey bunch!!!
  • by Jesse Location: Greenville on Aug 26, 2008 at 10:18 AM
    The whole entire Obama family creeps me out...
  • by Shirley Location: Penna. on Aug 10, 2008 at 01:37 PM
    Are we going to let this happen---we can't let it happen!!!!aWhen the price of gas reached $4.00 a gal. what an outrage we heard from the people of this country and you know it got the aattention of the Pres. and the leadership of this great country--now slowly the pricae of gas is coming down and are our leaders going to sit back and and forget the promised they made on how we aren't going to be dependent on other countries and it is time we did something about it--if ignore the problem it is going to hit home again and guess what we are not going to solve our problem if we ignore it--make sure our voice is heard again so they don't forget what our real problem is and lower gas prices aaren't the answer--thanks
  • by Nel on Jul 28, 2008 at 06:13 AM
    Michelle Obama is a woman who worked for what she has. I think she is full of class. She is real, not a fake barbie like Mrs. McCain who has had everything all of her life.
  • by PJ Location: Down East on Jul 16, 2008 at 07:47 PM
    Melissa, if she was white and said darky, she would have been crucified. AA's can say whatever they want and it gets a soundbite and its then swept under the carpet. Theres a big ole double standard in the USA these days
  • by Tim Location: Greenville on Jul 16, 2008 at 01:45 PM
    Both of them are idiots and America is pretty much wasted. I just hope we can survive another 4 years until maybe we have another idiot a bit better than these two to choose from. Yes melissa, McCain is another Bush and that IS BAD!!! However, Obama is another CARTER that is WORSE! McCain will hand the country to the rich and Obama will hand it to the Will-nots. Not the have-nots, the will-nots. I am sick of working 3 months a year to pay for those that refuse to get off their duff and contribute. They sit on thier mama's porch drinking her kool-aid while I work my keester off to pay their bills. If you are 100% behind either of these crooks you need your head examined!
  • by Dave Location: Greenville on Jul 16, 2008 at 07:04 AM
    Obama is a smooth talker and his wife is just plain ignorant. If these two move into the White House, I'm moving to Mexico and starting my own buisness.
  • by melissa Location: greenville on Jun 28, 2008 at 08:31 PM
    I wish people would stop nit picking about what Mrs.Obama says.If she were white ya'll wouldn't care what she said.McCains is another Bush,shame on you if you .vote for him
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on Jun 13, 2008 at 01:53 AM
    So doesn't posting the story on your web site add more creedence to the rumor? It's like the whole Koran or Muslim rumor...you post a story saying they're not true, but half the people who read it don't get it and still think it's the truth and the rumor just spreads.
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