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jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 12:15 AM
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AP Picks Up McCain Gaffe Story: "Obama campaign: McCain flubs on Iraq timeline"
Edited on Wed Jul-23-08 12:23 AM by jefferson_dem
Obama campaign: McCain flubs on Iraq timeline
1 hour ago

WASHINGTON (AP) Republican presidential candidate John McCain says Democrat Barack Obama is wrong about the Iraq war.

But Obama's campaign says McCain was wrong about the war's timeline during a nationally televised interview Tuesday.

Asked about Obama's contention that a Sunni revolt against al-Qaida combined with the addition of thousands of U.S. combat troops that were sent to Iraq contributed to the improved security situation there, McCain scoffed.

"I don't know how you respond to something that is such a false depiction of what actually happened," McCain told "CBS Evening News," adding that Col. Sean MacFarland was contacted by a major Sunni sheik.

"Because of the surge we were able to go out and protect that sheik and others. And it began the Anbar awakening," McCain said, referring to the U.S.-backed revolt of Sunni sheiks against al-Qaida in Anbar province. "I mean, that's just a matter of history."

The problem with McCain's statement as Obama's campaign quickly noted was that the awakening got under way before President Bush announced in January 2007 his decision to flood Iraq with tens of thousands of additional U.S. troops to help combat violence.

In March 2007, before the first of the additional troops began arriving in Iraq, Col. John W. Charlton, the American commander responsible for Ramadi, a city in Anbar province, said the newly friendly sheiks, combined with an aggressive counterinsurgency strategy and the presence of thousands of new Sunni police on the streets, had helped cut attacks in the city by half in recent months.

A spokesman for McCain did not immediately respond to an e-mailed request for comment.

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http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iNCWjmQMaGvYwsHkcXn8...
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 12:17 AM
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1. Excellent!
I guess Anderson Cooper played the clip, too - and KO did a bit on it.

Has anybody asked CBS why they cut that part of the interview? That smacks.
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Rosa Luxemburg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 12:19 AM
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2. If McCain repeats so many gaffes until November Obama will walk in
it just shows McBush is not up to the job but what do we care. Just keep making the gaffes McCain!
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TwilightGardener Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 12:22 AM
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3. Bwahh! Kick the old cruster in the nerts!
Good on you, Team Obama, this is a big boo-boo!
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 12:22 AM
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4. Good news.
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Ichingcarpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 12:23 AM
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5. Good they finally picked that up after the internet bloggers caught it
Now lets see if the TV media pick it up.
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Newsjock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 12:25 AM
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6. Jesus Christ on a trailer hitch, AP!
Edited on Wed Jul-23-08 12:25 AM by Newsjock
It's not "Obama campaign says" -- it's a freakin' bloody fact. I thought the new, bolder AP was supposed to not be afraid of calling things as they are.

Oh yeah, that's only when it helps the Republicans. Silly me.

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Muttocracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 12:25 AM
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7. I hate the headline though - McCain flubbed all on his own and media caught it
This is bigger than a back-and-forth between the campaigns.
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jillan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 12:28 AM
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8. Give the man more media attention - please!
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aint_no_life_nowhere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 12:43 AM
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9. The McGaffer strikes again
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 01:01 AM
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10. The media is waiting for Obama to mess up on foreign policy, not McCain.
It doesn't fit the story they are trying to tell so they bury it.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 01:12 AM
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11. So is cbs trying to cover up something..
with katy as the interviewer?
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Ichingcarpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 01:16 AM
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14. They just didn't cover it up, they edited it and changed the sequence
Pravda......
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 01:21 AM
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15. Too bad they weren't fast enough
before they got busted. :wtf: les moonves?
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Ichingcarpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 01:49 AM
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16. The attacks and lies will become worst- The Net is what saving the truth
The millionaire media heads don't get it or can't stop it, because the feeds
are out there for now with people to see the truth.

Obama knew the power and truth of the web more than any democratic or republican candidate.
Sorry hillary........... truth is a powerful weapon on the tarmac or reality.

Sometimes with the web, it reminds me of going to the greatest libarary on earth
that even the librarian doesn't' know or even have control on what is there.



The Net and education must remain FREE


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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 02:00 AM
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17. Don't I know it and Al
Gore can be proud of a couple of things.
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SemiCharmedQuark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 01:13 AM
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12. I can't believe it.
Edited on Wed Jul-23-08 01:13 AM by SemiCharmedQuark
:o
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 01:13 AM
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13. McGaffe. nt
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CitizenLeft Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 02:11 AM
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18. "I mean, that's just a matter of history."
Alrighty then.

I don't believe McCain is stupid. Or senile. I think he's a liar who's fooled a lot of people with his "maverick" bullshit. He makes shit up as he goes along, not caring if he's caught or not because his contempt for both voters and the media trumps anything else.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 02:31 AM
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19. The bigger they are the
harder they fall..and mccain's in for a doozy.
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CitizenLeft Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 02:57 AM
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21. I'll be watching, popcorn in hand...!
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Major Hogwash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 02:34 AM
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20. Why did CBS edit the interview?
Edited on Wed Jul-23-08 02:35 AM by Major Hogwash
Or is that something we should just come to expect from the main stream media?
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Ichingcarpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 02:59 AM
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22. I've seen it since the 70s
Pointed it out to my professors back then with evidence
during a 'riot' in Ocean Beach California how the media
changed the 'timeline' on what happened

What is nice now, is everyone can video it and the cameras
are getting smaller and can put it on the web.




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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 03:11 AM
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23. hmmm recall Andrea Mitchell saying something about needing professional
journalists to have real interviews and to just record people talking was a fake interview
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