Barack Obama Fanatics Still Fixated On Perceived Threat
If Real Threats Emerge, Will Talk Radio Take The Blame?
Why is the left obsessed with the idea that Barack Obama is in grave physical danger? We've been tracking this issue for some time, especially since some of these phantom "threats" have been blamed on conservative media figures.
And should any real menace emerge, there's no doubt talk radio hosts would be slammed for supposedly inciting Obama's would-be stalkers or assassins.
Remember how Democrats blamed the Oklahoma City bombings on the medium and its major personalities? Get ready for a repeat.
It's a controversy that has been manufactured entirely by liberals, with no evidence to indicate the Illinois senator is in any extraordinary danger. Is there a reason to believe he's more at risk for attacks than Hillary Clinton, President Bush or other major political figures?
Let's call it Obama Supporters' Head Trauma Syndrome.
Last month, for example, Harry Smith of CBS News rendered Ted Kennedy nearly speechless with an unexpected question about the senator's safety, while two incidents involving Bill O'Reilly have been used to advance the idea that both Barack and Michelle Obama are in danger.
And every time the issue begins to fade, our liberal media friends find an excuse to resurrect it, with the New York Times providing today's example:
In Painful Past, Hushed Worry About Obama
By JEFF ZELENY
DALLAS — There is a hushed worry on the minds of many supporters of Senator Barack Obama, echoing in conversations from state to state, rally to rally: Will he be safe?
In Colorado, two sisters say they pray daily for his safety. In New Mexico, a daughter says she persuaded her mother to still vote for Mr. Obama, even though the mother feared that winning would put him in danger. And at a rally here, a woman expressed worries that a message of hope and change, in addition to his race, made him more vulnerable to violence.
“I’ve got the best protection in the world,” Mr. Obama, of Illinois, said in an interview, reprising a line he tells supporters who raise the issue with him. “So stop worrying.”
Yet worry they do, with the spring of 1968 seared into their memories, when the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Senator Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated in a span of two months.
Not long ago, his advisers worried that some black voters might not support his candidacy out of a fierce desire to protect him. It was a particular concern in South Carolina, but Mr. Obama said he believed the worry was also rooted in “a fear of failure.”
Now that he has won a string of primaries and caucuses in all corners of the country, and built a coalition of black and white voters, failure would seem to be less of an issue. The fears, however, remain.
The common flaw in all of the coverage so far is that no one can point to any credible threats against Mr Obama, instead, the stories merely echo a fear that he will be targeted. What about the significant level of Secret Service protection he's been given since last year?
Another key point: by raising the issue so often, do lefty Obama backers risk turning this into a self- fulfilling prophecy?
Conservative talkers, including cable hosts, should be prepared for a heavy helping of media- led criticism the first time any random nut escapes from an institution and threatens the Democrat presidential front- runner. This will provide the opening they've been seeking to blame talk radio's "irresponsible" tone for the potential demise of their deity.
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