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Kristol Admits Another Error -- This One on Obama Smear

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Kristol Admits Another Error -- This One on Obama Smear

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Bill Kristol, columnist for The New York Times, had to offer another correction today.

Kristol wrote in today's column, in attempting to debunk Sen Barack Obama's denial that he was ever present when his Chicago pastor made some of his most "offensive" remarks: "But Ronald Kessler, a journalist who has written about [Rev. Jeremiah] Wright's ministry, claims that Obama was in fact in the pews at Trinity last July 22. That's when Wright blamed the 'arrogance' of the 'United States of White America' for much of the world's suffering, especially the oppression of blacks. In any case, given the apparent frequency of such statements in Wright's preaching and their centrality to his worldview, the pretense that over all these years Obama had no idea that Wright was saying such things is hard to sustain."

He did not identify Kessler as writing for a conservative Web site NewsMax, and that Kessler had a single source. …

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