In the last 24 hours, the media have scrutinized Notre Dame All-American linebacker Manti Te´o´s life more completely than they did President Barack Obama´s in the last eight years. And that is shameful -- on both counts. The crux of the Te´o story, of course, is whether Te´o conspired to fabricate his seemingly tragic relationship with imaginary girlfriend Lennay Kekua or whether he is a victim of a cruel hoax. Much is at stake -- or so we are told. If Te´o proves to be a willing participant in a hoax, NFL scouts will question his character
I frankly don´t understand the hype behind this "scandal." And I love the concern about "NFL scouts will question his character." Since when has the NFL questioned a player´s character? Seems to me that Vick´s dog fighting prison term is much more significant and didn´t much impede his career.
They are just characters in the fictional story of his life . They add interest and an illusion of being straight and normal. They are like the bible he will use when he takes the oath of office. They were props, temporarily useful.
It became important #3 when it starts to look like people are correctly questioning where the media is/was on the subject of the vetting of Obama. Plus it´s about sex and you know how that sells ratings.
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Howard Adams, 1/18/2013 8:27:54 AM (No. 9123810)
Thank you #6!
But some sex is off limits, such as Frank Marshall Davis; the underwear stain in BHO Poem, Pop, in the Occidental literary mag; a mysterious trip to Pakistan in the early 1980´s; yes, those composite girlfriends from the pre-Michelle days; his "friend" Reggie Love´s leaving the White House, which was on HillBuzz´s "gay-dar".
There is something very wrong with a country that tears up a football player and a bike rider for lying, but makes a philandering, lying ex President rich and names him father of the year. Priorities people!
You hit it on the head #6. I´m not a birther but something really smells with this president. SSN is the same as someone else....knowing that it can only be used once, no college transcripts, doctored birth certificate, made up girlfriends, etc.
Apparently the writers at American Thinker suffer the same type of rental issues as the commenters here who lash out at everyone else whenever one of their heroes is found out to be a slug. In other words, is news that hard to write, that you have to compare the Te´o story with Obama? Really? And how the press is wasting their time and making fools of us because they reported the Te´o story without also bringing obama up in the same story?
I was just listening to the guys on ESPN tearing into the Te´o story, professing disbelief such a lie could be allowed to exist for so long, and I could only think how in a world I am old enough to remember, this vetting would have been applied to a Presidential candidate in 2008.
#13, Jack Cashill has spent the last 5 years debunking all of 0bama´s lies and myths. It´s is just one more in his long series of articles exposing zippy for the complete fraud that he is. THAT´S why this article is on American Thinker.
This 24/7 media coverage of Te´o must make Jack Cashill, who has exposed Obama as a liar, sick. But a college football player doesn´t have other people´s money to throw around, so, it´s fun and safe for the MSM to tear him apart.
#13 Cashill has proven repeatedly there are massive holes and lies about Obama´s history...A gay prostitute Larry Sinclair who Biden had arrested and shut up about his dates before the election...his past dead choir directors among otherss...We have a very blackmailable Down low president ..seems the Muslim Brotherhood uses that fact
Thank you #20 for enlightening #13. Jack Cashill is a methodical, accurate writer, and is known for his detail in whatever subject he is writing about.
His most recent book is Deconstructing Obama. Cashill made the connection, through, diligent examination, of the coincidences of syntax or patterns of expression between Dreams From My Father and Bill Ayers´ 2001 book, Fugitive Days for which Obama wrote a dust-jacket blurb. He doesn´t have to make up anything, because he knows how to "drill down" through stories to get to the truth.
Maybe Manti was on that same plane with Hillary when it crashed. If so, the press should equally respect his right to privacy and a full undisturbed recovery from the concussion/flu/heebeejeebees/whateva before they question him any further.
Reporters have only so much time, and the news decisions must be prioritized. On the one hand you have Obama´s made up girlfriends, on the other you have Sarah Palin´s made up grandson, which of course was really her son...if you are a craven journalist enlisted in the service of the ruling party.
Obama had a composite gf. The press didn´t seem to care. Yesterday I turned the tv off. Enough is enough. I remember when ray Lewis was involved in murder. Now everyone is rooting for him to win a AB. Such a screwed up Country. A little more focus on the doofus in the WH and we may have had a better result last november
Both lying Hawaiians Obama and Te´o went to Punahou School, a private co-ed institution in Manoa, Honolulu. Cash ill is correct. The Obama fraud and the corrupt media are destroying our country. Hitler and Obama had similar backgrounds -lets hope America does not meet the same fate as the good Germans who were destroyed by this narcissistic b------.
Demonstrably corrupt politician BHO is a veritable treasure-trove of documented self-contradictions, saying one thing back then and saying just the opposite here and now. But, how many “journalists” have the fortitude to paint him into a corner and star him in a good old-fashioned game of “Gotcha!?” Barely a handful, if that.
You got it #21! Head injury! Concussion! That´s just what happens when one plays such a violent game! Now we can all relax (nothing to see here, folks; just move on) and go back to watching WWF with Billy and Chelsea.
Ps: nice distraction from the budget deficit, no jobs, falling over the cliff, etc.
It appears that a man with a made-up girlfriend has his NFL career possibly harmed, yet a man with a mostly made-up background can get elected President. What a country this has become. I don´t understand what the big deal about a made-up girlfriend is anyway. I had a (female) friend who was an English professor, and one of her students wrote an essay about his girlfriend who sounded too good to be true. She asked him about that and he was clearly embarrassed, but her response was, oh hell, Anthony, it´s better that way anyway.
Obama had a fake girlfriend. Who´s questioning him? Obama faked all sorts of major details about his family history, like his grandfather in WWII, and his father´s fake arrest and torture at the hands of the evil imperialists. Who´s questioning him?
Plus the donks are grooming Lance to run for offcieand to bring Oprah forward as the interviewer of thefuture. Barbara Walters is heading towards 80yrs old and might need an outlet for their lefties to visit for an interview. In your mind´s eye, think back to the Olympics in the Seventies and the East Germans talking and you can hear them say "Vell Comrade, You have learned, and ve return you to Pock-ee-stanh to get to the vest."
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Gotta figure her lead would be even bigger without Joe Miller in the field here. Her nomination for the taking? Alaska should be a top tier pick up opportunity for Senate Republicans next year…but their top choice of a candidate is Sarah Palin. 36% of GOP primary voters in the state say they’d like Palin to be their standard bearer against Mark Begich to 26% for Mead Treadwell, 15% for Dan Sullivan, and 12% for Joe Miller.
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