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NYT Reports Kos, Facebook Posts As News

From the Obama campaign outlet, the New York Times:

Obama volunteers from Columbus, Ohio, who have adopted the middle name Hussein include J. T. Marcum, left, Aaron Barclay, Alex Enderle, Norm Shoemaker and Chelsey McCune. They use the name on the Internet and in greeting one another.

Obama Supporters Take His Middle Name as Their Own

By JODI KANTOR
Published: June 29, 2008

Emily Nordling has never met a Muslim, at least not to her knowledge. But this spring, Ms. Nordling, a 19-year-old student from Fort Thomas, Ky., gave herself a new middle name on Facebook.com, mimicking her boyfriend and shocking her father.

“Emily Hussein Nordling,” her entry now reads.

With her decision, she joined a growing band of supporters of Senator Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, who are expressing solidarity with him by informally adopting his middle name.

The result is a group of unlikely-sounding Husseins: Jewish and Catholic, Hispanic and Asian and Italian-American, from Jaime Hussein Alvarez of Washington, D.C., to Kelly Hussein Crowley of Norman, Okla., to Sarah Beth Hussein Frumkin of Chicago.

Jeff Strabone of Brooklyn now signs credit card receipts with his newly assumed middle name, while Dan O’Maley of Washington, D.C., jiggered his e-mail account so his name would appear as “D. Hussein O’Maley.” Alex Enderle made the switch online along with several other Obama volunteers from Columbus, Ohio, and now friends greet him that way in person, too.

Mr. Obama is a Christian, not a Muslim. Hussein is a family name inherited from a Kenyan father he barely knew, who was born a Muslim and died an atheist. But the name has become a political liability. Some critics on cable television talk shows dwell on it, while others, on blogs or in e-mail messages, use it to falsely assert that Mr. Obama is a Muslim or, more fantastically, a terrorist.

“I am sick of Republicans pronouncing Barack Obama’s name like it was some sort of cuss word,” Mr. Strabone wrote in a manifesto titled “We Are All Hussein” that he posted on his own blog and on dailykos.com.

So like the residents of Billings, Mont., who reacted to a series of anti-Semitic incidents in 1993 with a townwide display of menorahs in their front windows, these supporters are brandishing the name themselves.

“My name is such a vanilla, white-girl American name,” said Ashley Holmes of Indianapolis, who changed her name online “to show how little meaning ‘Hussein’ really has.”

The movement is hardly a mass one, and it has taken place mostly online, the digital equivalent of wearing a button with a clever, attention-getting message. A search revealed hundreds of participants across the country, along with a YouTube video and bumper stickers promoting the idea. Legally changing names is too much hassle, participants say, so they use “Hussein” on Facebook and in blog posts and comments on sites like nytimes.com, dailykos.com and mybarackobama.com, the campaign’s networking site

What a hoot of a news article this is. Even by the execrably low standards of the New York Times.

Some critics on cable television talk shows dwell on it…

Name one, Ms. Kantor.

But isn’t it all too telling to see the "newspaper of record" passing off the juvenile claims of a handful posters at Daily Kos as national "news"?

It is of course somewhat tricky to limit a search to reveal the full extent of this alleged activity.

But the following returns may give some indication of just what an enormous phenomenon we are talking about:

(Click on images to enlarge.)

Gee, there are about 388 mentions of this practice on the whole internet — including various permutations of the New York Times article. (In fact, most of the hits in the second search are due directly or indirectly to the NYT piece.)

This is obviously "news that is fit to print." — And not an attempt to drum up support for a juvenile idea. That wouldn’t do at all.

Well, at least The Times didn’t just make the whole story up out of whole cloth, as they are wont to do.

By the way, this is the self-same Jodi Kantor who tried to "whitewash" Reverend Wright for the New York Times’ few remaining readers.

So it is just another Times reporter doing the bidding of their masters at the DNC.

Still, do you remember when the New York Times was a real newspaper and not merely a propaganda sheet for the Democrat Party?

I don’t either.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Saturday, June 28th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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