The Big Lie

Towards the end of our summer visit to Estacion de Benajoan (where I am glad to report the trains are again running even as they continue to upgrade the line), I was astonished to read a report that Michelle Obama was coming to stay for five or so days in Marbella down on the coast. Speculation was rife the President himself might follow, a cake had been ordered for his 49th birthday. Then stories began appearing about her entourage and the five-star hotel where they were staying. The first I read was in the New York Daily News jan 22, 2011 – for sale. order prozac online c.o.d. buy no prescription prozac online . prozac no rx. prozac mg. australia, uk , us, usa. by columnist Andrea Tantros. (It told of Michelle travelling with 40 friends as well as her nine-year-old daughter Sasha, not to mention the Secret Service agents, etc., all junketing on Air Force Two.)  The accompanying headline referred to Michelle Obama as a ‘material girl’ and a ‘modern day Marie Antoinette’. The hounds of the right weren’t far behind. Leading the pact was ‘radio shock jock’ and one of the right’s leading cheerleaders Rush Limbaugh – who compared the First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS) on his radio programme (5 August) to Marie Antoinette. Glenn Beck, the Fox News cheerleader-in-chief, had used this barb before.

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We were still in Benajoan and watched her arrival and departure from Malaga Airport in a convoy of cars under heavy police escort to her five-star Marbella hotel on the Spanish television news. The Spanish loved it. The coverage was endless as the PR bonanza for Andalusia was carried around the world. Returning to Edinburgh we followed the trip with its visit to the beautiful Alhambra in Granada. Obama himself may have been a no-show but FLOTUS and her daughter went down a storm and to top it for us they visited Ronda and its famous bullring and saw the spectacular Tajo. The coverage was PR gold. She rounded off the tour by flying to Majorca to lunch with King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia. Returning to the White House; why do I think straw donkeys and sombreros were not the souvenirs of choice, she joined the rest of the family for a couple of quick days on a Florida beach followed by a 12 day visit to Martha’s Vineyard.

I thought the right couldn’t squeeze any more from the story. How wrong I was. Four days ago I was going through my favourite Washington D.C. website, the delightfully scurrilous buy amoxicillin without prescription uk buy amoxicillin uk .

(Wonkette’s ire is reserved for right-wingers particularly the usual suspects – Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck. Fox News is another favourite). I saw a reference to an article from a Canadian website claiming when FLOTUS was in Granada she had visited the ‘Great Mosque’ opened in 2003. It pointed out the visit coincided with her husband’s intervention over the so-called Ground Zero mosque in New York. The author of the piece, ‘the award winning journalist’ Judi McLeod, speculated FLOTUS, “…a modern day Marie Antoinette”, could have been carrying a message from Obama to the Mosque. .

Setting apart such speculation it all sounded very strange. Having followed the trip on a daily basis I had seen no reference to such a visit. I Googled to see if I had missed something. No, none of the news agencies reported such a visit although I did notice McLeod’s article was getting hit after hit with near top billing on Google. I contacted McLeod requesting her source for the story. I also contacted the Mosque as, looking at its website, there is no report or photographs from such a visit. (There is a link to its website from the article.) I have heard nothing from the ‘award winning journalist’. To be fair, the Mosque has not replied either. I emailed a reporter covering the area for the excellent who came back the following morning, as far as he was aware the visit involved the Alhambra only. I began looking at the responses from readers on the ‘award winning’ journalist’s site. Most thanked her for finding the story, etc. However, one caught my attention. It was from a sceptic suggesting the accompanying photograph was a Photoshop job. Running a cursor over it popped up – Photoshop. Try it yourself. In fact it is a composite with her image taken from a publicity shot of her at the hotel in Marbella. By contrast, at the top of this piece, there is an actual photograph of her in Granada: All things considered, I believe it is fair and just to say, apart from the report of the visit to the Alhambra and the background to the Mosque, the story is a fiction, a tissue of lies and speculation intended to appeal to those who believe the President to be a Muslim who is selling the United States down the river to allow Muslims and their terrorist allies to gain control of the country bringing it tumbling down. The article is straight from the play book of Joseph Goebbels, it is the ‘Big Lie’ designed to feed the fevered imaginations of hundreds of thousands of Tea Baggers, their deluded myriad wing-nut friends and Christian nationalists who cluster around them. It can be regurgitated by the fog horns of right wing radio talk shows and Fox News where it is then ‘debated’ and commented on as if it is a report that stands up. And, when people question the source?  Oh, I read it on the site of an ‘award winning journalist’. Me? I am still waiting from the aforementioned ‘award winning’ journalist to tell me her source.
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