Monday, July 28, 2008

Obama's Wailing wall prayer was pre-approved for publication.

If this is true, then any respect that I had for Obama (and yes, I had some) and his campaign is gone:

From the Israeli Insider:

What initially seemed to be a journalistic scoop of dubious moral propriety now seems to be a case of an Israeli paper being played by the Barack Obama campaign. Maariv, the second most popular newspaper in Israel, was roundly criticized for publishing the note Obama left in the Kotel. But now a Maariv spokesperson says that publication of the note was pre-approved for international publication by the Obama campaign, leading to the conclusion that the "private" prayer was intentionally leaked for public consumption.

A Ma'ariv spokesman was quoted in the Jerusalem Post as saying that "Barack Obama's note was approved for publication in the international media even before he put in the Kotel, a short time after he wrote it at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem." The paper added that is was "pleased" with its "journalistic accomplishment." It appears that Obama made Maariv an instrument of his will. The paper, of course, was a most willing tool.

A prayer as a campaign prop.

Color me not surprised.