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Rove Misrepresents Obama While Again Pretending To Be Neutral Pundit

Reported by Ellen - April 30, 2008 -

Karl Rove once again visited Hannity & Colmes tonight (4/30/08) without revealing his ties to John McCain's presidential campaign. Instead, he was presented as a dispassionate observer of the Democratic race. In a predictably critical assessment of Barack Obama, Rove went out of his way to smear Obama over the flag lapel issue. In his efforts, Rove misrepresented Obama's statements about why he doesn't wear a flag pin and then distorted his obvious intent. With video.

During a two-part interview, Sean Hannity told Rove, “I can't help but link the issues together – Tell me if you think I'm being unfair. Michelle Obama: America in 2000 is a downright mean country (as if white-rights advocate and Neo-Nazi sympathizer Hannity has displayed anything but meanness toward her and her husband!), I've never been proud of my country in my adult lifetime (which is a distortion of what she said), and then his comments from San Francisco, bitter people in Pennsylvania are clinging to their guns and religion with antipathy towards those who are not like them.” Hannity was obviously goosing Rove to attack the Obamas on their patriotism.

Rove complied but he made sure to add, “Well, and then true patriotism consists not of wearing a flag lapel pin but in speaking out on the issues.”

That's not what Obama said. As The New York Times reported,

“My attitude is that I’m less concerned about what you’re wearing on your lapel than what’s in your heart,” Mr. Obama told an audience here. “You show your patriotism by how you treat your fellow Americans, especially those who served... I wore it right after 9/11,” Mr. Obama said. “But after a while, you start noticing people wearing a lapel pin, but not acting very patriotic. Not voting to provide veterans with resources that they need. Not voting to make sure that disability payments were coming out on time.”

Rove continued by falsely asserting, “(Obama's) impugning the integrity of anybody who wears a flag lapel pin. I'm sort of wearing mine in solidarity with the people who did so deliberately and as a statement of their personal patriotism.”

As Think Progress has noted, this was Day 85 without any disclosure from Rove or FOX News about his ties to the McCain campaign.