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Metropolitik: Did Barack Obama offer ’08 hush money?

Sunday, 13 May 2012

President Barack Obama tried to "bribe" radical pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright into silence during the 2008 campaign, according to a report given to the New York Post.

Based on the forthcoming book "The Amateur"?by former journalist Edward Klein, the story claims that the fledgling Obama organization offered Wright $150,000 to keep his mouth shut at the height of the contentious 2008 campaign. "'I wish you wouldn't speak,"?Wright quotes Obama as saying during a private meeting in Chicago. "It's gonna hurt the campaign if you do that."

Excerpted directly from Klein's book, the exchange gets even more damning:

"Barack said, 'I'm sorry you don't see it the way I do. Do you know what your problem is?' And I said, 'No, what's my problem?' And he said, 'You have to tell the truth.'"

The Klein account paints Obama as a liar, and Wright as an inveterate truth teller, but there's another person in this account who needn't always tell the truth, and that's Klein. The media have described Klein's work as "contrived and stretched," "devoid of credibility",?"poorly thought, poorly sourced" and "too good to be true in every particular."

Nor is "The Amateur" Klein's first book about the historic president. His last, called "The Obama Identity: A Novel (Or Is It?)" [Editor's note:?It is], details a conspiracy to prop up the president and claims?that Obama: is a Muslim; was born in Kenya; was funded by our enemies; plans to add his face to Mount Rushmore.

Obama's handling of his former pastor always struck us as disingenuous in the name of political expedience, and this incident may yet be worth looking into. But there's reason to take Klein's reporting with more than just a grain of salt.

We've got something else to add to the laundry list of media Klein complaints: "Financially self-interested." Trying to sell books is certainly no crime, but selling fiction as fact definitely blurs the lines.

Follow Brayden Simms on Twitter @metropolitik

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