“Exercise of editorial control” makes Obama 100 percent responsible for his site’s hate speech against Jews, pro-Clinton Black people, and seniors
We created our own blog at my.barackobama.com, which carries the following disclaimer: “Content on blogs in My.BarackObama represents the opinions of community members and in no way should be interpreted as endorsed or approved by the campaign.” By deleting our blog and disabling our account, the Obama campaign just blew its disclaimer and can now be held 100 percent responsible for the anti-Semitic, racist, misogynist, and ageist hate speech it allowed to stand (in some cases for more than a year). “Exercise of editorial control” is the EXACT issue that forced MoveOn.org to disable its prized Action Forum in 2006, and almost resulted in the organization’s total destruction.
First, it is necessary to understand the moral (and in some cases legal) meaning of “exercise of editorial control.”
The general rule regarding vicarious liability for the publication of defamatory material is that “publishers” are strictly liable for defamatory content in material they publish; mere “distributors,” on the other hand, cannot be liable for defamatory content unless they “knew or had reason to know” of that content. Thus, if defamatory material appears in one of my columns, for example, the American Lawyer will be held liable, on the grounds that its exercise of editorial control gives it both the opportunity to screen material prior to distribution and leads readers to conclude that it stands behind whatever it does choose to publish. …
So when Stratton moved for summary judgment on the question of Prodigy’s liability, the question before Judge Stuart Ain of the New York State Supreme Court was: does Prodigy more closely resemble a bookseller, in which case Stratton’s claim against it must be dismissed, or a newspaper?
The latter, Judge Ain declared: Prodigy “exercise[d] sufficient editorial control over its computer bulletin boards to render it a publisher with the same responsibilities as a newspaper.”
© 1996 David G. Post. Permission granted to redistribute freely, in whole or in part,with this notice attached.
We have just established that the Obama campaign exercised editorial control over its computer bulletin boards, thus making Obama the proud owner of material like “Zionist Thought Police,” “Jewish Lobby,” “House N*****s [for Clinton],” and similar hate speech.
On Thursday, we created an account at my.barackobama.com under this name, with no effort to disguise ourselves as anything but an opponent of Obama. We posted several entries of the following nature, and our account was closed within forty-eight hours.
SMEAR EMAIL From Dreams From My Father: ‘I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mothers race.’ We found no such statement in Dreams From My Father
The indicated page numbers are for the paperback edition of “Dreams From My Father,” ISBN 978-1-4000-8277-3
It contradicted the morality my mother had taught me, a morality of subtle distinctions–between individuals of goodwill and those who wished me ill, between active malice and ignorance or indifference. I had a personal stake in that moral framework; I’d discovered that I couldn’t escape it if I tried. And yet perhaps it was a framework that blacks in this country could no longer afford; perhaps it weakened black resolve, encouraged confusion within the ranks. Desperate times called for desperate measures, and for many blacks, times were chronically desperate. If [Black] nationalism could create a strong and effective insularity, deliver on its promise of self-respect, then the hurt it might cause well-meaning whites, or the inner turmoil it caused people like me, would be of little consequence.
If nationalism could deliver. As it turned out, questions of effectiveness, and not sentiment, caused most of my quarrels with Rafiq.
“Dreams From My Father,” pp. 199-200
The truth was that I understood [Joyce], her and all the other black kids who felt the way she did. In their mannerisms, their speech, their mixed-up hearts, I kept recognizing pieces of myself. And that’s exactly what scared me. Their confusion made me question my own racial credentials all over again. …To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets.
“Dreams From My Father,” pages 99-100
Needless to say, the Obama campaign had every right to delete this hostile material and the account that went with it but, by doing so, it “exercised editorial control” over the nature of the material it allows to appear. This means that its failure to delete the entries about “Zionist Thought Police,” “Jewish Lobby,” “Hillary Clinton is a b****,” McCain is an “old man” who should pay a “well-deserved visit to the undertaker,” Clinton supporters are “house n*****s” means that they at least tacitly approved of this material. That is, the Obama campaign’s action rendered meaningless the disclaimer “Content on blogs in My.BarackObama represents the opinions of community members and in no way should be interpreted as endorsed or approved by the campaign.”
Our material was clearly not approved or endorsed by the campaign, and it deleted it. Here is the kind of material that was allowed to stand, in some cases for more than a year. (It was removed only when it became a public issue in other blogs such as this one.) We have now established that the Obama campaign is 100 percent responsible for this material. If its moderators could find and delete our factual albeit hostile material within two days, they could have found and deleted Tony Wicher’s material within six months; the following was online through spring of 2008.
- My Favorite Antisemite (from “The Rootless Cosmopolitan”)
By Tony Wicher – Oct 11th, 2007 at 11:33 pm EDT
Also listed in: 10 groups The utterly charming thing about the Zionist Thought Police is their apparent inability to restrain themselves, even from the very excesses that will prove to be their own undoing. Having asked sane and rational people to believe that Jimmy Carter is a Holocaust denier simply for pointing out the obvious about the apartheid regime Israel maintains in the occupied territories, the same crew now want us to believe that Archbishop Desmond Tutu is an anti-Semite. No jokes! That was the reason cited for Tutu being banned from speaking at St. Thomas University in Minneapolis. “We had heard some things he said that some people judged to be anti-Semitic and against Israeli policy,” explained university official Doug Hennes.
He [Tutu] has spoken forcefully on human rights struggles around the world, and his statements about the West Bank are based on what he has seen there. The diminutive Bish is a moral giant of our times, and the fact that he is condemning Israel for maintaining an apartheid system on the West Bank should serve as a wake-up call to liberal Americans who prefer not to think about these things.
Mr. Wicher then quotes Tutu, who compares the “Jewish lobby” to Hitler and Stalin.
- “But you know as well as I do that, somehow, the Israeli government is placed on a pedestal [in the U.S.], and to criticize it is to be immediately dubbed anti-Semitic, as if the Palestinians were not Semitic. I am not even anti-white, despite the madness of that group. And how did it come about that Israel was collaborating with the apartheid government on security measures? “People are scared in this country [the U.S.] to say wrong is wrong because the Jewish lobby is powerful – very powerful. Well, so what? This is God’s world. For goodness sake, this is God’s world! We live in a moral universe. The apartheid government was very powerful, but today it no longer exists. Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Pinochet, Milosovic, and Idi Amin were all powerful, but in the end they bit the dust.
Obama for America: McCain is an “old man” who should pay a well-deserved “visit to the undertaker.”
Old McCain the Dinasaur Misbehaving.
By Ejike from Canton, GA – Feb 20th, 2008 at 4:41 pm EST
It is unbecoming of an old man who is a part of the problem America has today to tell us not to hope. What a deaf man? If Mccain has given up on hope and life, the rest of America has not. He should pay a deserved visit to the undertaker. So, someone should please remind McCain there is a place called a zoo where the likes of him should take abode while the rest of America moves on.
Black Clinton supporters are “House Negroes,” and “Negro” is not the word that is used
Perspective on why it is time for Barack Obama
By Kenne – Feb 14th, 2008 at 9:00 am EST
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There is an excellent parody of a dual viewpoint of the perspective of descendents of Africans, on another group blog. it is of supposed black slaves, speaking in the language (Pidgin as it may be) of the antebellum period and further – unfortunately. to sum it up for those of you not on that group list, it tells of a Field [Negro] grateful for Obama’s leading people out of bondage. And the other ‘voice’ was that of a House [Negro], who didn’t want to leave the friendly confines of the Big House for some unknown place.
Misogynist hate speech: Women are not qualified to hold public office
John Edwards for VP!
By Ashley – Jun 3rd, 2008 at 12:50 am EDT
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I’ve watched this election intently waiting for Barack Obama to go all the way. I’m hanging on every word and every move he makes. I’m in awe of his (or perhaps his campaign people’s) wisdom in not fighting dirty the way the Clintons have. But, one thing has worried me for a couple of months now: Hillary Clinton for Vice President. She absolutely cannot become the Vice President because she’s a liar, she gives all politicians a bad name, and she’s a horrible excuse for a woman. To be frank, I refuse to vote for Hillary Clinton even if she’s somehow attached herself to the ’08 Presidental Ticket with Barack Obama.
…Crying, playing victim, and being a villianous bitch all showed that women are not ready to take office yet.
Other material includes the following:
(1) Denial of Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state
(2) Statements that Jews control all the media
(3) Promotion of Walt and Mearsheimer’s “The Israel Lobby”
(4) Anna Hussein’s blood libel that accuses Israel of murdering peace activist Rachel Corrie
(5) Dr. Levant’s blood libel that accuses the United States and Israel of waging war on civilians
This site and others have extensive collections of similar hate speech that was quite welcome at my.barackobama.com until it became an issue here and elsewhere. It has now been established that Barack Obama owns this hate speech lock, stock, and barrel. A similar scandal in 2006, in which Obama’s friends at MoveOn.org were shown to have exercised editorial control in favor of “Jew Lieberman,” “whining, arrogant Jew,” and “the Catholics are raping your children came close to destroying that organization, and forced it to close its prized Action Forum.
Now, Maitland! Now’s your time!
Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, commanding the Grenadier Guards to stand up and pour volleys into Napoleon’s Old Guard at Waterloo.
By discrediting and rendering null and void its disclaimer of responsibility for the content of my.barackobama.com, the Obama campaign has given patriotic Americans a similar opportunity to devastate Barack Obama’s campaign through blogs, viral E-mails, and letters to the editor. This issue came close to putting an end to MoveOn.org, and probably would have done so had the National “Jewish” Democratic Council and ADL not used their nominally Jewish identities to give MoveOn a whitewash. We are confident that it will cause similarly catastrophic results for Obama, but followup is essential. As stated by the Duke of Wellington, Waterloo was hard pounding, and the outcome depended on who could pound the longest.