Earlier today we showed you the short clip from 1991 of Barack Obama speaking at a protest on behalf of a radical Law Professor Derrick Bell.
It was interesting in that it showed Obama as a law-student involving himself in the racial politics of academia, and supporting a professor whose views were pretty radical.
The clip had been put out by video-maven Andrew Kaczynski of Buzzfeed. And it scooped Breitbart.com’s story today, one in their series “The Vetting” , which Andrew Breitbart was touting before his untimely death last week
Immediately, the reporters at Breitbart.com accused Buzzfeed of “selectively editing” the video. (We’ll put both videos below) Breitbart.com spent a good portion of the day touting the appearance of its two reporters on Hannity tonight to reveal the TRUTH about the video.
“It was spliced and diced by the media to avoid showing just how close Obama was to Bell,” says the latest story on Breitbart.com.
What was the part that Breitbart.com thinks Buzzfeed didn’t want you to see because of their biased views? The last two seconds when Barack Obama greets Professor Bell with a quick hug.
Seriously. The hug.
This little squeeze is supposed to be the earth-shattering scoop about the president, and an indictment of the entire media establishment.
The idea that Buzzfeed was hiding something on Derrick Bell is also ridiculous. Hours before Breitbart.com’s reporters went on Hannity, Kaczynski followed up with a small archive of Derrick Bell videos.
The whole thing is just so… lame.
In any case, Twitter and the blogosphere are erupting in outright mockery of this giant “scoop” on the hug.
Here’s just a few reactions at random:
People are even passing around other hugs that will cause trouble for Obama, like this one:
Anyway, here’s Buzzfeed’s video:
And here is the last few seconds of the video as played by an Obama ally, Prof. Charles Ogletree, who notes that “We hid this this throughout the 2008 campaign.”
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