First, they did it by using what sounded like Obama talking points in a blatantly pro-Obama piece about the alleged GOP “smear machine” back in May, and they’ve done it again this week in a piece that might has well have been written by the Obama campaign itself.
The piece is titled, “His Jewish Problem: A Myth?” and seeks to answer the question by suggesting that no, Obama does not have a Jewish problem. Mark Hemingway at NRO has a devastating dissection of the piece here, noting that it appears Newsweek relied very heavily on information they got from the Obama campaign itself for their “news” story (an aide to Joe Lieberman, who was mentioned in the piece thanks in part to the heated confrontation between the CT Senator and Obama last week, responded here). Hemingway concludes:
If the Obama campaign has this willing a patsy in Newsweek, willing to be spoonfed anything the campaign churns out, and this is all they can say to demonstrate he doesn’t have a Jewish problem, Obama must have a really big Jewish problem.
Make sure to read it in full.
Jennifer Rubin has more.
OBAMA: What they’ll say is, “Well it costs too much money,” but you know what? It would cost, about… It — it — it would cost about the same as what we would spend… It… Over the course of 10 years it would cost what it would costs us… (nervous laugh) All right. Okay. We’re going to… It… It would cost us about the same as it would cost for about — hold on one second. I can’t hear myself. But I’m glad you’re fired up, though. I’m glad.
OBAMA: Everybody knows that it makes no sense that you send a kid to the emergency room for a treatable illness like asthma, they end up taking up a hospital bed, it costs, when, if you, they just gave, you gave them treatment early and they got some treatment, and a, a breathalyzer, or inhalator, not a breathalyzer. (crowd laughing) I haven’t had much sleep in the last 48 hours.
Scott Johnson has the video.