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NYT Claims Obama Rejects Clark Comments

From the New York Times owned International Herald Tribune:

Gen. Wesley Clark at YearlyKos conference in Chicago, Aug. 3, 2007.

Obama rejects criticism of McCain’s military service

By Jeff Zeleny
Published: July 1, 2008

INDEPENDENCE, Missouri: Senator Barack Obama rejected the comments from a leading Democrat and campaign military adviser who diminished Senator John McCain’s service as a naval aviator in Vietnam when he declared, "I don’t think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president."

As Obama delivered a speech here Monday on patriotism that tried to defuse attacks on his own background, he responded to the remarks of Wesley Clark, the retired general and onetime Democratic presidential candidate who suggested on Sunday that McCain had not been tested as a wartime commander.

"For those like John McCain who have endured physical torment in service to our country, no further proof of such sacrifice is necessary," Obama said. "And let me also add that no one should ever devalue that service, especially for the sake of a political campaign – and that goes for supporters on both sides."

Asked whether he wanted an apology, McCain said, "That’s certainly up to Senator Obama." Later, he added, "I know that General Clark’s comment is not an isolated incident." …

"I will never question the patriotism of others in this campaign," Obama said, speaking over the applause of hundreds of supporters. "And I will not stand idly by when I hear others question mine." …

Er, that is a pretty mild "rejection."

And yet our watchdog media is chock full of headlines about how Mr. Obama has "rejected" or "disowned" Clark’s remarks.

Why is that?

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