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Ingraham again resorts to hypothetical comparison in analysis

Reported by Chrish - June 18, 2008 -

It was "another huge news day" today 6/18/08, so Laura Ingraham led off her show Just In with commentary on a faux pas by the Obama campaign.

On Monday, campaign volunteers prohibited two women wearing headscarves from sitting behind the podium where Barack Obama would be speaking, in Detroit.

One of the volunteers told one of the women's friend “...that because of the political climate and what’s going on in the world and what’s going on with Muslim Americans, it’s not good for [Aref] to be seen on TV or associated with Obama.” In the other instance involving another volunteer, “We’re not letting anyone with anything on their heads like baseball [caps] or scarves sit behind the stage,” the Muslim woman paraphrased the volunteer as saying, an account her friend confirmed. “It has nothing to do with your religion!”

The Obama campaign, upon hearing of the incidents, called her to apologize. Politico.com reported

“This is of course not the policy of the campaign. It is offensive and counter to Obama’s commitment to bring Americans together and simply not the kind of campaign we run,” said Obama spokesman Bill Burton. “We sincerely apologize for the behavior of these volunteers.”

An Obama aide also noted that the campaign has no policy against the candidate’s appearing with women in headscarves: The next morning at Wayne State University, Obama posed for a picture with a student wearing a hijab.

Photographs from a Seattle rally earlier this year also clearly show a couple in Muslim garb behind the candidate. "

Ingraham's reporting of the Politico report was accurate (but loaded with snide comments about how the background looked like a J. Crew ad, and how this is not very "post-racial" of him) but she then resorted to her "imagine if" tactic - "Imagine if the McCain campaign pulled something like this, you know, removing minorities from a camera shot? Sharpton and Jackson would be holding candlelight vigils outside McCain campaign headquarters."

Clearly, she's got nuthin', so has to resort to an invalid hypothetical. The volunteers goofed, the campaign apologized, and it most certainly won't happen again. Hers is exactly the type of non-stop spin that the young volunteers were probably trying to protect against. Although McCain had nothing to do with the story, he's made out to be the poor victim of the unfair media, who are giving Obama a pass (except for the 200+ articles on the subject in the last nine hours.)