Obama Was Vetted By The Mainstream Media Before Running For President. Here’s The Proof.

It is now an article of faith amongst the right that President Obama’s background was not “vetted” by the mainstream media prior to his first run for the presidency in 2007. This is false.

In reality, the mainstream media exhaustively covered Barack Obama’s background. The mainstream press sent reporters to Chicago, Hawaii, and Jakarta, Indonesia in order to interview Obama’s friends, family, coworkers, teachers, and classmates. They visited Harvard and those involved with the Harvard Law Review, they probed his religious upbringing and his affiliation with Rev. Jeremiah Wright, they went to the apartment building where he grew up.

As conservatives complain that the media is probing the backgrounds of Republican presidential and congressional candidates too closely, it’s worth compiling and taking note of the exhaustive coverage of Obama, rather than the non-coverage that exists solely in their imaginations.

What this really is about is that many of the right’s myths about Obama failed to pan out or penetrate with the American people. Having heard tall tales about Obama being born overseas, a communist, a socialist, a black nationalist, a Muslim, and worse – the country overwhelmingly chose him to be its 44th president and did so again four years later. That’s why conservatives have kept telling themselves he wasn’t “vetted” and now largely appear to believe one of their own lies.

The Media Covered Obama’s Background

2007 5,000+ Word NY Times Magazine Piece Covered Obama’s Background. [NY Times, 11/4/07]

NY Times 2007 Profile Spoke To Obama Classmates, Teachers At Harvard Law. [NY Times, 1/28/07]

2007 NY Times Profile Covered Relationship Between Obama, Jeremiah Wright. [NY Times, 4/30/07]

The Media Covered Obama’s Life In Chicago

2,600 Word NY Times Report On Obama’s Unsuccessful Run Vs. Bobby Rush. [NY Times, 9/9/07]

The Media Covered Obama’s Life In Hawaii

In 2007, “More Than A Dozen” News Outlets Sent Reporters To Hawaii To Investigate Obama. “So far, the candidacy of the man known by his high school friends as Barry Obama has been good for the Hawaii economy and bad for newsroom budgets. Since January, more than a dozen news organizations from around the globe, from the BBC to TV Asahi to People magazine, have dispatched reporters to Oahu.” [Politico, 3/13/07]

NY Times Sent Reporter To Hawaii In 2007, Interviewed Obama Family, Friends. “But Mr. Obama’s family here in Hawaii saw a more complex young man, a person whose racial confusion and feelings of alienation were matched with equal parts ambition, disquietude and lofty notions about where his internal struggles might lead.” [NY Times, 3/17/07]

Associated Press Went To Hawaii, Interviewed Obama Friends In 2007. “At Punahou, Barack Obama was known primarily for his appealing personality, his honesty and his aggressive play on the basketball court. “It was a good melting pot. There were people from all different races,” said Eric Smith, a friend and classmate of Obama’s in the 1970s. “Everyone seemed to meld together.”” [Associated Press, 2/6/07]

Honolulu Star-Bulletin Interviewed Obama Classmates In 2007. [Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 2/8/07]

The Media Covered Obama’s Life In Indonesia

Los Angeles Times Went To Jakarta In 2007 And Interviewed Obama Friends & Teachers About His Time In Indonesia. “JAKARTA, INDONESIA — As a boy in Indonesia, Barack Obama crisscrossed the religious divide. At the local primary school, he prayed in thanks to a Catholic saint. In the neighborhood mosque, he bowed to Allah.” [LA Times, 3/15/07]

CNN Went To Jakarta In 2007 To Investigate Obama. “But reporting by CNN in Jakarta, Indonesia and Washington, D.C., shows the allegations that Obama attended a madrassa to be false. CNN dispatched Senior International Correspondent John Vause to Jakarta to investigate.” [CNN, 1/23/07]

Chicago Tribune Went To Jakarata In 2007 To Investigate Obama, Interviewed “Classmates,Teachers, Neighbors And Friends.” “Interviews with dozens of former classmates, teachers, neighbors and friends show that Obama was not a regular practicing Muslim when he was in Indonesia, despite being listed as a Muslim on the registration form for the Catholic school, Strada Asisia, where he attended 1st through 3rd grades.” [Chicago Tribune, 3/25/07]

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  • KarenJ

    “…not a regular practicing Muslim when he was in Indonesia, despite being listed as a Muslim on the registration form for the Catholic school, Strada Asisia, where he attended 1st through 3rd grades.”

    Of course the worst RW media has cherry picked “being listed as a Muslim” out of all that and said, “SEE?? We were right!!!!” Never mind that BHO was 6 to 8 years old, about the same time he sampled a bite of dog (as if he had a choice in either situation).

  • We still aint seen those college transcripts though, or any of his work product. He made sure Harvard and Occidental sealed them all up.

    • Ivan Ivanovich Renko

      Why are you interested in his college transcripts? What can they tell you about him that you don’t already know, “Patriot?”

    • Specifically, what information do you believe is contained in college transcripts that might be relevant in this case?

    • SickOfGOPTerrorists

      All college transcripts are “sealed.” Let’s see yours.

  • Lovebandit

    This whole Ben Carson “investigation” is SUCH A JOKE. The mainstream media is combing over every page and story of Carson’s book and they (including Chuck Todd) are trying to claim with a straight face that they have and do scrutinize Democrat candidates and public figures just as thoroughly. Yet Obama’s own literary agent published a pamphlet saying OBAMA WAS BORN IN KENYA! DO ANY OF YOU REMEMBER Obama EVER being asked about that by the press?

    Do any of you remember Bill Clinton EVER getting asked why his own devoted campaign worker (Juanita Broaddrick) accused him of raping her in a hotel room? NBC tried to suppress that story as reported by their own star reporter Lisa Myers for an entire month until Broaddrick gave the story to the Wall Street Journal out of frustration, THEN NBC aired the interview.

    Do you remember Bill Clinton EVER being asked why his brother Roger, an admitted cocaine abuser, while discussing a cocaine deal, said ON TAPE that “my brother’s got a nose like a vacuum cleaner”?
    (Partners in Power, by Roger Morris, 1996, page 325.)

    Have any of you EVER seen Bill or Hillary Clinton asked why they stole historical furniture from the White House when they left it in 2000 and had to return some of the furniture after getting caught? BTW, they also let their outgoing White House staff vandalize the White House for the incoming Bush Administration to the tune of $14,000.

    Does anyone remember either of the Clintons EVER being asked why their close friend and Bill Clinton’s National Security Advisor (Sandy Berger) was caught and convicted of intentionally removing and destroying IRREPLACEABLE copies of a classified document about the Clinton administration’s record on terrorism from the National Archives by stuffing them into his pants (and what were they trying to hide?).

    Have any of you EVER seen Hillary Clinton questioned about why the Rose Law Firm billing records that were subpoenaed by Special Prosecutor Ken Starr (who was appointed by Janet Reno) were never produced in a timely fashion and then mysteriously showed up in the White House living quarters with the fingerprints of Vince Foster and Hillary Clinton on them?

    Do any of you EVER remember Hillary Clinton being asked to explain why that while in the midst of the whole Lewinsky scandal in 1998, she wrote off all the charges and allegations against her husband Bill (that we now know to be TRUE) as a “vast rightwing conspiracy” even though she had known about her husband’s sexual proclivities and marital unfaithfulness for DECADES?


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  • Awake

    And the Media continues to lie and lie again and so does Obama. Obama lies through his teeth and believes the lies he spews. He’s got a few screws loose up in that head of his.

  • SickOfGOPTerrorists

    This won’t quell the conspiracy theorists, many of whom make big money selling Obama myths. My prediction? They’ll try to keep the “he wasn’t vetted” gravy train artificially going even after he leaves office in 2017.