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Anatomy of a smear....

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http://www.thenation.com/doc/20080331/berman

he's a muslim. he was sworn into office on the koran. he doesn't say the pledge of allegiance. his pastor is an anti-semite. he's a tool of louis farrakhan. he's anti-israel. his advisers are anti-israel. he's friends with terrorists. the terrorists want him to win. he's the antichrist.

by now you've probably seen at least some of these e-mails and articles about barack obama bouncing around the internet. they distort obama's religious faith, question his support for israel, warp the identity and positions of his campaign advisers and defame his friends and allies from chicago. the purpose of the smear is to paint him as an arab-loving, israel-hating, terrorist-coddling, radical black nationalist. that picture couldn't be further from the truth, but you'd be surprised how many people have fallen for it. the american jewish community, one of the most important pillars of the democratic party and us politics, has been specifically targeted [see eric alterman's column in the march 24 issue, "(some) jews against obama"]. what started as a largely overlooked fringe attack has been thrust into the mainstream--used as gop talking points, pushed by the clinton campaign, echoed by the likes of meet the press host tim russert. falsehoods are repeated as fact, and bits of evidence become "elaborate constructions of malicious fantasy," as the jewish week, america's largest jewish newspaper, editorialized.

what floods into one's inbox these days bears little or no relation to obama's record.

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I have had to publicly correct some members of my own family - whom I love dearly - for sending out those stupid emails.

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