Although Media Matters published this article
last May, it came to my attention just now.
In the piece, author Terry Krepel castigates World Net Daily for reviving (sans any new evidence) the claim that Michelle Obama once went on a tirade against "whitey" while a video camera whirred. According to rumor, a conspiracy has kept the tape suppressed.
Obama’s campaign has stated that “No such tape exists. Michelle Obama has not spoken from the pulpit at Trinity and has not used that word.” Even conservative blogger Michelle Malkin noted that the purported tape was being hyped by “buffoons” whose claims about it were constantly shifting.
The primary buffoon (and very buffoonish he turned out to be) was CIA-guy-turned-blogger Larry Johnson. Originally an agnostic on this score, I tried my best to see if there was any substance to Johnson's claims, but came up goose eggs.
Here's where it gets interesting: Johnson eventually confessed that he first heard the "whitey tape" rumor from Sy Hersh and...wait for it...David Brock
. Brock, of course, runs Media Matters for America.
Now, please do not misunderstand what I'm saying here: I do not
believe that the fabled tape actually exists. But I still want to know why Larry Johnson says he first got the story from David Brock. I've written to Brock more than once, asking for some clarification on this issue: Did he or did he not talk to Larry Johnson?
Nuthin'. No response.