The Drudge Report is hyping up tonight’s release of a Barack Obama speech caught on video six years ago, promising it will cause “controversy” and “charges of racism.” It will be aired tonight on Fox News’ “Hannity,” which starts at 9 p.m.
And it looks like the Internet has already found the video.
BuzzFeed has posted video of a speech Obama gave at Hampton University in June 2007, which matches the screencap on The Drudge Report. The speech has been online since 2007. In it, Obama gives a shoutout to his controversial pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright:
“I’ve got to give a special shoutout to my pastor — the guy who puts up with me, counsels me, listens to my wife complain about me. He’s a friend and a great leader. Not just in Chicago, but all across the country,” Obama says of Wright.
That quote also matches the banner on the top of The Drudge Report. Obama’s full speech can be seen here.
Here’s video of Obama’s shoutout to Wright, which has been on YouTube since May 2008:
Here’s the banner at the top of The Drudge Report, featuring this description: “The accent…the anger…the accusations.”
The “Hannity” page on Fox News is promoting it, saying the video could “dramatically impact the race for the White House.”
Photo: Fox News
Earlier, Matt Drudge tweeted from his personal account that the tape was “not from Mother Jones,” a reference to the website’s release of videos secretly taped at a May fundraiser.
Drudge added that there is “internal debate” at a news network — now, presumably, Fox News — over whether to air the tape:
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