Thursday, August 21, 2008


Context is King

The Washington Examiner had a pull quote from Obama's younger half-brother where he was quoted as saying that he denied being related to Obama because he was ashamed.

Later, I picked up The Washington Post and read this:

George Hussein Onyango Obama, 26 -- the youngest of Barack Obama 's many half siblings -- living in a ramshackle hut on the outskirts of Nairobi. According to a translation in the U.K.'s Telegraph, the younger Obama said he does not like to admit his relation to the candidate because he is ashamed of his poverty.

The Examiner quote managed not to capture the part about his poverty, thus leaving one to think that George Obama was simply ashamed of Barack.

4 comments:

~RnR, RegalandRegular said...

I'm not surprised. The media has a way with words.

Mutt said...

LOL and then in a CNN report, George is quoted defending himself saying he is not THAT poor and that he would refuse any money from his brother. Gotta love the news.

jb said...

I hadn't heard the part about CNN...a brother does have to preserve some pride...

MMS said...

Of course they have to hunt down any and all "ashamed" half-siblings of the Obamas; otherwise, Cindy McCain's sister would get all the "I hate my sibling AND her husband and I'm voting for the other guy" press.