Obama Campaign Censors Own Site Administrator’s “Israel Lobby” Quote
Obama site moderator also calls pro-Clinton group “virulent”
by Bill Levinson
We are no longer talking about the Obama campaign’s tolerance of user-generated hate speech at My.BarackObama.com, which is reprehensible enough. We are now talking about official statements from the official campaign staffers who moderate and administer the site.
We reported previously that Emily, an Obama campaign staffer who moderates My.BarackObama.com, counseled a user to use “Israel Lobby” instead of “Jewish Lobby.” The Obama campaign apparently felt that it had to delete a verbatim quote from one of its own staffers after it appeared here and elsewhere. A screen shot of the posting appears below.
The posting is still available here:
My Reply to your email, with the article in question!
By EMK – Jun 9th, 2008 at 3:59 pm EDT
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Recently, I posted a blog where I had posted the First Read’s MSN Article: World Blog: Obama’s AIPAC speech riles Palestinians (Source Link: http://worldblog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/06/05/1117964.aspx), under the title.
Today, I got the following email:
Your Recent MyBO Comments From: firstname.lastname@example.org on behalf of email@example.com (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sent: Mon 6/09/08 1:45 PM
Thank you so much for your involvement in the My.BarackObama online community. Your voice is valued here; however, we were forced to remove your recent blog post that referred to the “Jewish lobby.” Please use the more specific and accurate term “Israel lobby.” We appreciate your understanding and hope that you continue to be active in our online community.
Obama for America
I don’t remember my personal quotes referring to AIPAC as a “Jewish lobby,” and I agree, AIPAC is an “Israel” lobby, but the offending quote was actually part of the article, not my words. I can’t help it if someone’s quotes within the article uses offensive language!
As of today, the entire Web page, including other participants’ comments, has been removed. The advice to say “Israel Lobby” instead of “Jewish Lobby” did not come from some outside third party, it came from an official member of the Obama campaign with the authority to moderate and administer Obama’s Web site. The Obama campaign apparently had to cover up this latest “problem” by “disappearing” an entire Web page along with the comments of several innocent users.
- IT’S BECOMING DIFFICULT PEOPLE…….
By W.C. – Aug 5th, 2008 at 6:14 pm EDT
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AS MANY OF YOU KNOW, I’VE BEEN POSTING PUMA PROWLS, IN AN ATTEMPT TO LET ALL OF YOU KNOW WHAT PUMA IS UP TOO. YESTERDAY, ONE KATHLEEN OR KATHRYN – COULD OR WOULD NOT UNDERSTAND, AND YOU MUST REMEMBER ‘PUMA PROWLS’ HAVE BEEN POSTED FOR WEEKS!!! IN FACT, SEVERAL OTHER PUMA PROWLS ARE STILL POSTED ON MY BLOG. I’D LIKE YOU TO READ THE RESPONSE I RECEIVED FROM THE CAMPAIGN – IT’S BECOMING DIFFICULT FOLKS….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
—– Original Message —– From: email@example.com To: Sent: Tuesday, August 05, 2008 7:59 AMSubject: Your “AND WHAT IS PUMA, DOING TODAY” Post Hello,
Thank you so much for your involvement in the My.BarackObama.com
community. We appreciate your participation on our site, however we
were forced to remove your recent blog due to the fact that it
contained an email from a virulent anti-Obama political action group.
While we respect all aspects of respectable political discourse and
debate on our site, organizational calls from other groups are not
Thanks for your continued support and understanding,
Obama for America
HERE’S MY RESPONSE TO ‘THEIR’ E-MAIL – CONSEQUENTLY, IT COULD BE # 6!!!
You removed my Puma post because someone didn’t understand. I’ve been posting Puma prowls for weeks -I’M AN INFILTRATOR OF PUMA AND BELIEVE WE NEED TO KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THAT ORGANIZATION IS DOING AND HOW THEY PLAN TO CAUSE HAVOC AT THE CONVENTION!!!
Well, thanks to Ryan at Obama for America, we can now tell PUMA that Obama’s purveyors of party unity regard PUMA as a “virulent” organization.