Archive for November, 2007

Student describes how she became a Clinton plant

November 14, 2007

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From Chris Welch and David Schechter

GRINNELL, Iowa (CNN) — The college student who was told what question to ask at one of New York Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign events says “voters have the right to know what happened” and she wasn’t the only one who was planted.

Student Muriel Gallo-Chasanoff said a staffer told her what to ask at a campaign event for Sen. Hillary Clinton.

In an exclusive on-camera interview with CNN, Muriel Gallo-Chasanoff, a 19-year-old sophomore at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, said that giving anyone specific questions to ask is “dishonest,” and the whole incident has given her a negative outlook on politics.

Gallo-Chasanoff, whose story was first reported in the campus newspaper, said what happened was really pretty simple: She says a senior Clinton staffer asked if she’d like to ask the senator a question after an energy speech the Democratic presidential hopeful gave in Newton, Iowa, on November 6.

“I sort of thought about it, and I said ‘Yeah, can I ask how her energy plan compares to the other candidates’ energy plans?'” Gallo-Chasanoff said Monday night.

“‘I don’t think that’s a good idea,” the staffer said, according to Gallo-Chasanoff, “because I don’t know how familiar she is with their plans.” Watch the student describe how she was approached »

He then opened a binder to a page that, according to Gallo-Chasanoff, had about eight questions on it.

“The top one was planned specifically for a college student,” she added. ” It said ‘college student’ in brackets and then the question.”

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Topping that sheet of paper was the following: “As a young person, I’m worried about the long-term effects of global warming. How does your plan combat climate change?” Watch the student ask the planted question »

And while she said she would have rather used her own question, Gallo-Chasanoff said she generally didn’t have a problem asking the campaign’s because she “likes to be agreeable,” adding that since she told the staffer she’d ask their pre-typed question she “didn’t want to go back on [her] word.”

Clinton campaign spokesman Mo Elleithee said Clinton had “no idea who she was calling on.”

“This is not acceptable campaign process moving forward. We’ve taken steps to ensure that it never happens again,” she said in a written response to CNN.

Gallo-Chasanoff wasn’t so sure.

“I don’t know whether Hillary knew what my question was going to be, but it seemed like she knew to call on me because there were so many people, and … I was the only college student in that area,” she said.

In a separate statement in response to the campus article, the campaign also added, “On this occasion a member of our staff did discuss a possible question about Senator Clinton’s energy plan at a forum. … This is not standard policy and will not be repeated again.”

Gallo-Chasanoff may have some doubts about that one as well.

“After the event,” she said, “I heard another man … talking about the question he asked, and he said that the campaign had asked him to ask that question.”

The man she references prefaced his question by saying that it probably didn’t have anything to do with energy, and then posed the following: “I wonder what you propose to do to create jobs for the middle-class person, such as here in Newton where we lost Maytag.”

A Maytag factory in Newton recently closed, forcing hundreds of people out of their jobs.

During the course of the late-night interview on Grinnell’s campus, Gallo-Chasanoff also told CNN that the day before the school’s newspaper, Scarlet and Black, printed the story, she wanted the reporter to inform the campaign out of courtesy to let them know it would be published.

She said the “head of publicity for the campaign,” a man whose name she could not recall, had no factual disputes with the story. But, she added, a Clinton intern spoke to her to say the campaign requests she “not talk about” the story to any more media outlets and that if she did she should inform a staffer.

“I’m not under any real obligation to do that, and I haven’t talked to [the campaign] anymore,” Gallo-Chasanoff said, adding that she also doesn’t plan to.

“If what I do is come and just be totally truthful, then that’s all anyone can ask of me, and that’s all I can ask of myself. So I’ll feel good with what I’ve done. I’ll feel like I’ve done the right thing.”

The Clinton campaign’s acknowledgment that it planted a question re-enforces a widely held criticism of the senator — that she is not entirely honest, said Bill Schneider, CNN’s senior political analyst.

“It’s the same criticism often made of her husband,” Schneider said. “Most Americans never felt Bill Clinton was honest and trustworthy, even when he got elected in 1992 — with only 43 percent of the vote. His critics called him ‘Slick Willy.’ … Will her critics start referring to the New York senator as `Slick Hillary?'”

Asked if this experience makes her less likely to support Clinton’s presidential bid, Gallo-Chasanoff, an undecided voter, said, “I think she has a lot to offer, but I — this experience makes me look at her campaign a little bit differently.”

“The question and answer sessions — especially in Iowa — are really important. That’s where the voters get to … have like a real genuine conversation with this politician who could be representing them.”

While she acknowledged “it’s possible that all campaigns do these kind of tactics,” she said it still doesn’t make it right.

“Personally I want to know that I have someone who’s honest representing me.”

Gallo-Chasanoff’s story comes at a time when a second person has also come forward with a similar one. Geoffrey Mitchell of Hamilton, Illinois, a town located on the Iowa border, told CNN the Clinton campaign also wanted him to ask a certain question at an Iowa event in April.

“He asked me if I would ask Sen. Clinton about ways she was going to confront the president on the war in Iraq, specifically war funding,” said Geoffrey Mitchell, a supporter of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois. “I told him it was not a question I felt comfortable with.”

No questions were taken at the event. Elleithee said this incident was different than what happened with Gallo-Chasanoff in Newton. Elleithee said the staffer “bumped into someone he marginally knew” and during a conversation with Mitchell, “Iraq came up.” Elleithee denied the campaign tried to plant him as a friendly questioner in the audience.

Mitchell said he had never met the staffer before the event


Senator Obama’s support for abortion incompatible with Bible

November 13, 2007

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Christian leaders from across a wide spectrum of theologies and missions are rising up together to urge Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren to rescind an invitation to Sen. Barack Obama to speak from Warren’s pulpit.

The Illinois Democrat, an enthusiastic supporter of abortion, is scheduled to speak at a seminar Dec. 1 called, “We Must Work Together” at Warren’s 30,000-member California church. The seminar is about coordinating efforts to address the AIDS crisis worldwide.

“You cannot fight one evil while justifying another,” a joint statement from dozens of leaders of Christian groups said in condemning Obama’s support for abortion and Warren’s support for Obama.

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“The evangelical church can provide no genuine help for those who suffer from AIDS if those involved do not first have their ethic of life firmly rooted in the Word of God,” the group said. “Accordingly, we call on Pastor Rick Warren to rescind his invitation to Sen. Obama immediately.

“The millions of silent victims who have died because of the policies of leaders like Sen. Obama demand a response from those who believe that life is a gift from God.”

It’s the second round of criticism for Warren in just days. Earlier criticisms arose because of Warren’s recent trip to Syria, where he described the government and its policies as “moderate” even though the U.S. government describes Syria as “terrorism-sponsoring,” and Mideast experts confirm it has punitive policies discriminating against Christians and Jews.

“It is clear Rick Warren would never have a racist or sexist speak at his church concerning any topic,” said Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, a spokesman for the Christian Defense Coalition. “In light of that fact, why would he feature a speaker who supports violence against women and children?”

“Having Sen. Barack Obama speak on issues of social justice is like having a segregationist speak on civil rights. Mr. Obama supports partial-birth abortion and has voted against bills prohibiting taxpayers paying for abortion. It is hypocritical at best for him to speak out against the horror of AIDS on children and then support abortion which has killed 50,000,000 children in America alone,” Mahoney said.

The Who’s Who list of names joining in the call to Warren included Phyllis Schlafly of Eagle Forum, Judy Brown of American Life League, Tim Wildmon of American Family Association, Joe Scheidler of Pro-Life Action League, Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue, Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth, Ken Silva of Apprising Ministries, Chris Rosebrough of Capo Valley Church in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., Kevin McCullough of WMCA Radio, Ingrid Schlueter of Crosstalk Radio, Vic Eliason of VCY American Radio Network and Cal Zastrow of Christian Action for the Preborn and others.

“Pastor Rick Warren, who is one of the most influential evangelical leaders in the world, should realize the terrible signal he is sending by inviting a speaker who tramples on the historic teachings of Christianity and the Bible,” Mahoney said.

“Sen. Obama’s policies represent the antithesis of biblical ethics and morality, not to mention supreme American values,” said Rev. Rob Schenck, who heads the National Clergy Council and serves as chairman of the Committee on Church and Society for the Evangelical Church Alliance.

“As a supporter of abortion, Sen. Obama nullifies the first of all human rights, the right to life. Only God gives life, and only God can determine when life ends. Our founders assured this when they enumerated in the Declaration of Independence the rights endowed to us by our ‘creator,’ among them ‘life,'” Schenck said.

The National Clergy Council executive committee includes representatives from African Methodist Episcopal, Assemblies of God, Baptist, Catholic, charismatic, evangelical, Lutheran, Methodist Episcopal, Orthodox, Presbyterian and Reformed denominations.

“If pastor Warren cannot find the courage to rescind his invitation to Sen. Obama, he must at least make clear through a public statement that the senator’s support of abortion stands in contradiction to what the Bible teaches and what the Christian church has historically taught on the sanctity of life,” Schenck said.

Operation Rescue, one of the front-line organizations battling abortion today, said Obama “is disqualified from speaking from a Christian pulpit” because of his “blatant disregard for human life.” The senator, the group said “lacks moral credibility to speak about AIDS victims.”

Also signing up to protest Obama’s appearance were Matt Trewhella of Missionaries to the Preborn, Brannon Howse of Worldview Weekend, Janet Folger of Faith2Action, Greg Cunningham of the Center for Bioethical Reform in Lake Forest, Calif., and Peggy Hamill of Pro-Life Wisconsin.

“As those who have worked to defend preborn children from the horrors of abortion in America and who have stood uncompromisingly against the legalized slaughter of an estimated 50 million Americans in the womb since 1973, we join with one voice in expressing our indignation and opposition to Rick Warren’s welcoming of Sen. Barack Obama to his church,” the group’s joint statement said.

“Sen. Obama comes to Rick Warren’s church believing that abortion should be kept, ‘safe and legal,'” the group continued. “Sen. Obama actually supports the barbaric practice of allowing abortionists to kill babies by allowing them to be partially born, their skulls punctured and their brains sucked out. … Killing a child at any stage of life is a violation of God’s clear command, ‘Thou shall do no murder.'”

“In the strongest possible terms, we oppose Rick Warren’s decision to ignore Sen. Obama’s clear pro-death stance and invite him to Saddleback Church anyway. If Sen. Obama cannot defend the most helpless citizens in our country, he has nothing to say to the AIDS crisis,” the group said.

The leaders also noted Obama’s solution to AIDS isn’t a biblically-oriented standard for monogamous relationships, but includes condoms.

“The name of the seminar at which Senator Obama will be appearing is entitled, ‘We Must Work Together.’ No, Mr. Warren, Mr. Obama, we will never work with those can support the murder of babies in the womb.”

Just a day earlier, Brigitte Gabriel, a Lebanese-American who wrote “Because They Hate,” and founded the The American Congress for Truth, suggested Warren’s comment about Syria’s status as a “moderate” nation would better have been left unsaid.

“Rick Warren can do us all a favor and keep his remarks and opinions to himself. When you don’t stand up against and condemn evil, let alone say misrepresented facts about an evil regime, you become an enabler and defender of evil, plain and simple,” she said.

Brigitte Gabriel

“Rick Warren’s comments about Syria are an insult and a slap on the face to every Christian who ever lived under that regime or suffered from Syria’s evil dictatorship not only in Syria but also the Christian Lebanese,” said Gabriel.

“Rick Warren needs to speak to some of the Christians who fled Syria because of the oppression of the Syrian regime and are now here in America. They can tell him about the Syrian troops storming their Christian schools when they were children and burning (the schools) because they were Christians.”

Ergun Mehmet Caner, president of the Liberty Theological Seminary at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., agreed. He said what Warren saw in Syria was “religion toleration.”

“He was shown open churches, and worshiping people. He was not shown a single Muslim who converted to Christianity, he was shown people who are ‘grandfathered in,” Caner continued. “If he would have seen a Muslim convert, the scene would be different, and tragic. He would have seen one of my kinsmen … buried up to his waist in his burial cloth … and then stoned to death. Killed for the sole crime of finding faith in Jesus Christ.

“That is not religious freedom, and that is not tolerance. That is religious genocide,” said Caner, who has authored 14 books on Christian apologetics and world religions, including “Unveiling Islam.”

“To call Syria a moderate peaceful country where Christians and Jews live peacefully protected by the regime is nothing more than a statement of his ignorance, lack of intelligence and lack of grasp and understanding of the Middle East conflict. There are Christians in Syrian prisons now whose families do not know anything about them or if they are still alive or dead. My neighbor’s son was kidnapped over 25 years ago and until today they do not know if he is dead or alive,” Gabriel said.

According to the Syrian Arab News Agency, Warren, who met with various religious and political leaders in Syria including President Bashar Assad, had “hailed the religious coexistence, tolerance and stability that the Syrian society is enjoying due to the wise leadership of President al-Assad, asserting that he will convey the true image about Syria to the American people.”

Warren said he was misquoted by the news agency, but in a recording he describes Syria as moderate.

Global Warming Tutorial Media Should be Required to Watch

November 8, 2007

By Noel Sheppard | November 4, 2007 – 19:34 ET

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While media members fawn over Hollywood productions about manmade global warming such as Al Gore’s schlockumentary “An Inconvenient Truth” and Leonardo DiCaprio’s box office disaster “The Eleventh Hour,” they should take time out of their busy propagandist schedules to view a lecture that Australian research professor Bob Carter recently gave.
In fact, it should be required viewing for any member of the press who wants to report about climate change, for it more thoroughly and concisely explains the science refuting the current alarmism than anything to date.
During the roughly 37-minute lecture given at the Annual Conference of the Australian Environmental Foundation on September 8th in Melbourne (luckily caught on videotape, multiple links to follow), Carter debunked the hysterical claims regularly espoused by warm-mongers such as:

Today’s temperatures deviate from historical norms
Today’s temperatures will cause extinctions
Today’s temperatures are caused by rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.
In fact, and not to give too much away, one of Carter’s rather startling observations is that a greater threat to mankind moving forward is the cooling trend that has likely already started, and that all this hysteria over a nominal warming period is distracting us from preparing for the colder temperatures destined to come.
As an added bonus, although the contents are highly scientific and, at times complicated, viewers will appreciate Carter’s candid, personable delivery, as well as his sense of humor.
As such, without further ado, I strongly recommend NewsBusters readers take about a half-hour of their time to fully understand just how absurd the media’s claims of imminent doom at the hands of global warming are.

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Where does Hillary Stand?

November 3, 2007

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