Director Gigi Gaston has put together a documentary alleging that there was some funny business at the polls in the last presidential election. Specifically, Gaston’s clear message is that Hillary Clinton should have been the Democrat’s candidate. Oh, and that Obama totally stole the election.
Amidst recent charges that the New Black Panther Party intimidated voters outside a Philadelphia polling place in 2008, a new documentary called We Will Not Be Silenced charges that this was not an isolated incident. The film’s director Gigi Gaston appeared on Fox and Friends this weekend and was introduced by host Alyson Camerota who claimed that “the 2008 primary race between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton was rife with stories of voter intimidation and voting violations.”
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that this all came out on the infamously conservative Fox News Channel. They are ridiculously anti-Obama (which is, of course, their prerogative … and I do realize that he’s given perhaps more benefit of the doubt on other news networks than another candidate would), but it seems to me that this might cross a line into propaganda when you put Camerota’s clearly biased introduction into the mix.
But Obama must be really bad if the anti-Clinton Fox is on Hillary’s side about anything.
Anyway, the film’s website is pretty interesting.
We believe The Democratic National Committee (DNC) made a grave error by depriving American voters of their choice of Hillary Clinton as Democratic nominee. Senator Clinton, by all accounts, except caucuses, won the Primary Election and, therefore, should be the 2008 Democratic Nominee. That didn’t happen, due largely to illegitimate and illegal acts. We have interviews of many accounts from caucus states recounting threats, intimidation, lies, stolen documents, falsified documents, busing in voters in exchange for paying for “dinners,” etc. There are at least 2000 complaints, in Texas alone, of irregularities directed towards the Obama Campaign, that have lead to a very fractured and broken Democratic Party.
So my first thought was, “There are 2000 Democrats in Texas?” Okay, but seriously, it seems to me that these issues would have been more publicized had they deserved the credence Gaston apparently gives them. Whether you like him or not, Barack Obama was under the strongest possible microscope during his entire campaign. If he had any part in this sort of intimidation, I am absolutely positive that the media would have been all over it back in 2008. I mean, the guy was scrutinized from every possible angle, and something this juicy would have definitely come out.
Right of center media outlets and websites have already begun promoting this film rather aggressively, ostensibly to delegitimatize the Obama administration. The director’s pedigree is noteworthy, particularly to those who are aiming to present the film as non-polemical – a lifelong Democrat and granddaughter of a former Governor of Massachusetts.
Politics is a dirty business. Nobody is without a closet skeleton or two, and everybody says things they wish they hadn’t. I really feel like some politicians (Barack Obama and Sarah Palin come to mind) have had to withstand every word, every action, every potential misstep being grossly overanalyzed. Is this fair? No. It is, however, the way it is with an African-American and a woman being such big players in national politics.
This documentary bothers me though, I’m not going to lie. The issue seems to me less a question of whether or not there was intimidation — there probably was on some level — but why Obama is being blamed for “stealing the election from Hillary Clinton” when the odds are that he had no knowledge of what was going on? I mean, that’s kind of like blaming the Beatles for the Manson murders, or blaming JD Salinger for the death of John Lennon!
What do you think?