“Will Michelle Obama tape ‘change political atmosphere in America’?” “African news agency says she should ‘come clean’ on critical telephone call”

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Why Do We Go To Confession?

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The African Press International news agency, which reported that Michelle Obama called to protest its coverage of WND investigative stories about her husband, characterizing the source of the material as “racist” and describing WND senior investigative reporter Jerome Corsi as “evil,” now is calling on the possible first lady of the United States to “come clean” about her call.

As WND reported, the Norway-based API said Michelle Obama called to accuse the agency of “colluding with American Internet bloggers in an effort to bring down her husband.”

The Obama campaign immediately denied there was any telephone call, and API later announced it had recorded the conversation. Besieged by demands from both sides of a campaign that has reached the white-hot stage, the agency said although it had the tapes, it would not release them immediately.

Now, in a statement dated Friday because of the time difference, API Chief Editor Korir has promised that the tape will be made available after his lawyers clear it for publication, and he denied being an advocate either for or against Obama’s campaign.

He said the delay also is intended to allow Michelle Obama to explain her actions first.

There was no response to a WND call to the Obama campaign headquarters in Chicago tonight to request a comment.

“A number of Americans who are die-hard Obama followers have tried their best to intimidate API using all kinds of threatening methods when they call in and when they e-mail us,” the API statement said. “They are implying that API is planning to destroy Obama’s chances to become the next U.S. president. API does not have a direct interest in the U.S. presidential elections and we want Obama supporters to understand that. However, when someone who may become the next first lady makes such comments as in the story we have published, the public have the right to know. Intimidation directed to the publishers of the story is not the answer.

“The delay to make public the recordings is expected to give time to Mrs. Obama to come clean and tell the American people that her comments were not meant to harm anyone but that she was reacting to the media pressure on her husband. She should also come out and tell the American people that she will not discriminate those who are not Obama fanatics if she becomes the first lady,” the statement said.

Those on the other side of the political fence also were told to back off.

“Those who do not support Obama are actively pushing for the release of the recordings also, and we understand them very well. In many telephone conversations with them we, however, get disturbed when we realize that most of them want the recordings to be released because they want to use it to stop Senator Obama from being elected president. They state clearly that if the story is true and released now, the contents will sa[v]e America from a constitutional crisis that may come if things come out after the elections that proves Obama was adopted by a foreigner, thus, disqualifying him from the presidency,” Korir wrote.

The statement confirmed that API “has recordings of the conversation between API and Mrs. Obama” and “we confirm that the audio will be released to the public.”

“In the last 24 hours, API has been consulting legal advisers on the way forward in order to avoid being sued by the Obama camp. API has realized that the contents of the tapes if made public may change the political atmosphere in America for ever, especially in the next few days,” the statement said.

“API now understands the impact of the statements made by Mrs. Obama. The American people have reacted in a way we in API would never have expected.

“Many have question[ed] why Mrs. Obama would choose a little known online media group instead of the American media. API was chosen because of a Nairobi contact that did not like the way API was covering Barack Obama using information collected from American media outlets. The Nairobi contact prevailed upon Mrs. Obama to talk to API,” the statement said.

“The only thing API may have done wrong is not informing Mrs. Obama that the conversation was being recorded. This is why it is taking time to release the recording while consulting a legal team because API wants to be legally safe from any Obama camp law suit,” Korir wrote.

“API is not out to convince the American public of anything. We do not want to influence the outcome of the U.S. presidential elections. API got a true story and published it. The fact that the story has caused a stir was unexpected, but that does not mean API must rush in a manner that will cause problems to itself, just to satisfy those who want the audio tapes so badly,” the statement said. “When the legal concerns are cleared, which is happening in a short while, API will make public all the recordings available. This will also include comments, not yet published, which will most certainly put the Obama campaign spokesperson who had dismissed the story off balance.

“Even if our recordings or any other recordings had surfaced after the elections and if the contents were damaging to the elected person that still could have caused any elected president to vacate the White House. We all know that the tapes released in the U.S. in 1974 forced President Richard Nixon out of office. The truth is the truth. The tapes during Nixon time did not lie. The same here. The recordings that API will release soon will not lie to the American people. Most probably, it will change the political landscape, something the Americans should start getting prepared to face,” Korir suggested.

API’s original report said Mrs. Obama said she had hoped the African media “was mature enough to be in the front to give unwavering support to her husband, a man Africans should identify themselves with.”

API’s account said it was “only relaying what the American bloggers and other media outlets had discovered through their investigations.” This, according to the story, angered her.

“African Press International is supposed to support Africans and African-American view,” she reportedly said. “It is strange that API has chosen to support the racists against my husband. There is no shame in being adopted by a stepfather. All dirt has been thrown onto my husband’s face and yet he loves this country. My husband and I know that there is no law that will stop him from becoming the president, just because some American white racists are bringing up the issue of my husband’s adoption by his stepfather. The important thing here is where my husband’s heart is at the moment. I can tell the American people that my husband loves this country and his adoption never changed his love for this country. He was born in Hawaii, yes, and that gives him all the right to be an American citizen even though he was adopted by a foreigner.”

After the initial API report, Tommy Vietor, an Obama campaign spokesman, told National Review’s Byron York the conversation didn’t happen.

“The answer is no, it’s not real, the report is made up. She did not speak to the organization,” Vietor said, according to York’s report on National Review Online’s blog “The Corner.”

Korir, however, responded to WND’s e-mail confirming the report is accurate.

“API hereby confirms to you that the story is true and if the huge interest on this particular story continues, we will post the recording on our website in the next immediate days,” his e-mail said.

API asked Michelle Obama to comment on the detention of Corsi during his visit last week to Kenya, where he was investigating the presidential candidate’s links to a controversial strongman serving as prime minister.

“When API asked Mrs. Obama to comment on why Dr. Corsi was arrested by the Kenyan government and whether she thought Kenya’s prime minister, Mr. Raila Odinga, was involved in Dr. Corsi’s arrest, she got irritated and simply told API not to dig [into] that which will support evil people who are out to stop her husband from getting the presidency,” the publication reported.

API also said the Democratic candidate’s wife had some clear instructions for the publication.

“Mrs. Obama asked API to write a good story about her husband and that will earn API an invitation to the inauguration ceremony when, as she put it, her husband will be installed as the next President of the United States of America next year,” the report said.

See also:

http://africanpress.wordpress.com/2008/10/17/recordings-and-information-leading-to-recent-api-story-on-michelle-obamas-telephone-call-is-now-being-cleared-for-release/

https://rosettasister.wordpress.com/2008/10/16/%e2%80%9crecordings-and-information-leading-to-recent-api-story-on-michelle-obama%e2%80%99s-telephone-call-is-now-being-cleared-for-release%e2%80%9d/

Mrs Obama saga: I fear the power you are wielding against our Country. You sir are scaring the hell out of me.

http://africanpress.wordpress.com/2008/10/18/mrs-obama-saga-i-fear-the-power-you-are-wielding-against-our-country-you-sir-are-scaring-the-hell-out-of-me/

Let me say that I don’t speak for the Media, I speak for American’s. Hard working folks that are suffering and never had political agendas. I am a Military Wife and Mother, my husband and my son our willing to lay their lives down for the Media to have their freedom of speech.

Well it is time we exercised our right to free speech. Regardless of the political agendas here, the truth is the truth and let it be told. I sense the hesitancy in your writing and cannot believe that one person has the power to effect our elections so much and because of the racial tension created by politics I fear the power you are wielding against our Country.

You sir are scaring the hell out of me. I have read some very good suggestions here. Why not release part of the tape to verify Mrs. Obama called API.

I just want to know if who we are voting for are even legal candidates. If you have this tape and what you have said is true then let the healing begin for our people and let us get on with a fair election.

By Tonya Franklin
USAF Wife
USMC Mom
USA Citizen

To the writer above.

From the Chief Editor

We understand your sentiments and take your words seriously. The needfull will be done as soon as possible. Hurry hurry has no blessings you know.

Mrs Obama saga: Don’t let the extremists threaten or scare you to reconsider your decision. They are tyrants who suppress information to serve their own cause and are not noble people. Michelle Obama’s Call…Let’s Debate the Relevance

http://africanpress.wordpress.com/2008/10/18/mrs-obama-saga-dont-let-the-extremists-threaten-or-scare-you-to-reconsider-your-decision-they-are-tyrants-who-suppress-information-to-serve-their-own-cause-and-are-not-noble-people-michelle-obamas-cal/

To the writer above:

From Chief Editor Korir

We appreciate your comments and want to let you know that we do not take anything lightly.

Michelle Obama Chief Editor Korir African Press International API

5 Responses to ““Will Michelle Obama tape ‘change political atmosphere in America’?” “African news agency says she should ‘come clean’ on critical telephone call””

  1. rosettasister Says:

    See also:

    http://cinie.wordpress.com/2008/10/16/african-press-international-standing-tall-by-its-story/

    Cinie has been covering this story and I love Cinie’s taste in music.

  2. Rich Says:

    I told API there are no legal rammifications should they release the tapes. If Michelle initiated the call, it can be released immeidately.
    However, since the Obama campaign has denied the existence of the tape, or even the phone call itself, API is free to defend teh fact that it did happen.
    There would be ZERO grounds to sue.

  3. The Haimster Says:

    So what have we got here?

    A newspaper editor that claims he has surreptitiously recorded a phone call, printed direct attributed quotes, and then announced he would release the tapes in an apparent attempt to destroy his credibility and his job?

    Or a power hungry racist that uses intimidation and quid pro quo offers to squelch stories that would be detrimental to her quest for power?

    These both seem like perfectly logical scenarios, so I guess only time will tell.

  4. rosettasister Says:

    “Big, Nixonian-Proportion Trouble Looms For Obama Campaign”

    http://thecanadiansentinel.blogspot.com/2008/10/big-nixonian-proportion-trouble-looms.html

    Michelle Obama: Unhinged, intolerant of inconvenient truths.

    Would she be intolerant of those who don’t agree with her and her husband?

    What would she do to Americans who have a point of view, or value system, that doesn’t adhere to that of the Obamas (or that of their hidden puppeteers)?

    What’s going on with the potential First Lady?

    She practices intimidation against media who speak the inconvenient truth about her husband.

    She attemtps to censor the truth so that American voters will think that her husband is perfect and flawless and fit to be President. Anything, including the truth, which indicates that this isn’t so… she’ll get nasty, nasty, nasty…
    Listen, it’s clear that Obama has been getting a free ride from the American mainstream media.

    But not necessarily from some foreign media which gets information from sources including at-least-as-credible-as-the-big-money-far-left-controlled-MSM non-mainstream media sources in America which don’t get picked up by the American MSM (to protect Obama from the inconvenient, and damaging, truth, which would certainly impact his support level).

    And that’s why Mrs. Obama is so unhinged. She seems desperate to go to the White House. Why? What is her agenda? Hell, we don’t know… nor do we know her husband’s! They won’t tell us, nor will the far-left-controlled American MSM ask them to say!

    The question is: Will the far-left-controlled American MSM hide these recordings from the American People so as to protect the Obamas from the inconvenient truth that there’s something not-so-positive about them and their scary, threatening supporters?

    Most Americans may be unaware that the Democratic Party is responsible for the KKK, their militant wing, which murdered not only Black Americans, but also Republicans (regardless of race), simply because they had a different point of view than the Democrats.

    Do the Obamas have a hidden agenda to deal harshly with those who don’t adhere to their agenda?

    posted by Canadian Sentinel at 5:39 AM

  5. rosettasister Says:

    See also:

    “API Michelle Tape; Delay Explanation”

    http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-116773?ref=feeds%2Flatest

    “WND: News Agency to Release Michelle Obama Tape”

    http://modernjournalist.blogspot.com/2008/10/wnd-news-agency-to-release-michelle.html

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