Zombie Lie: WND Still Pushing Falsehood That Obama Campaigned For Kenya's Odinga
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It seems WorldNetDaily just can't stop telling lies about President Obama, no matter how many times they've been debunked.
The latest example is a January 4 article promoting WND editor Joseph Farah's "premium online newsletter" G2 Bulletin. It states:
It was Obama who barnstormed on behalf of Raila Odinga, the socialist who hails from the same tribal heritage, the Luo, as Obama, when Odinga was seeking the presidency in Kenya.
Appearing with Odinga at campaign stops, Obama gave speeches accusing the sitting Kenyan president of being corrupt and oppressive.
As we've previously detailed, PolitiFact.com found "no evidence to indicate that Obama 'openly supported' Odinga" during his 2006 trip to Kenya – in fact, Obama made a point of saying that he tried to "meet with all parties" during his visit, including Odinga's opponent, Mwai Kibaki. While Odinga clearly wanted to associate himself with Obama by attending some of Obama's events during the visit, PolitiFact wrote, Obama "remained neutral in Kenyan politics, and did not support Odinga during his trip."
This latest attack, by the way, comes while noting that Odinga -- whom WND called "Obama's African buddy" -- was helping to negotiate a conclusion to turmoil in a presidential election in the Ivory Coast. WND portrayed the controversy as a conflict between "opening practicing Christian" Laurent Gbagbo, who is trying to cling to power and resist being unseated by his Muslim opponent, Alassane Quattara, amid allegations of vote fraud and the Gbagbo-controlled constitutional council's overturning of the country's electoral commission to declare Gbagbo the winner.
But WND leaves out one pertinent detail: The United Nations and the European Union have certified the vote declaring Quattara the winner as free and fair, despite some isolated incidents of violence. Further, National Security Council spokesman Mike Hammer noted that the provisional results were in favor of Quattara, adding, "Credible, accredited electoral observers have characterized the balloting as free and fair, and no party should be allowed to obstruct further the electoral process."
WND does write that the constitutional council that declared Gbagbo the winner is headed by "a loyal Gbagbo ally," but focuses instead on claims of "massive vote-rigging" in Quattara strongholds and presents the controversy as a religious one in which "outsiders" are supporting "an attempt by a Muslim to unseat a Christian president."
So, to sum up: WND is not only pushing zombie lies, it's siding with an African leader who has demonstrated contempt for the principles of democracy.