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I have become increasingly disgusted with the power the US media has to distort, manipulate and otherwise manage their version of truth that they present to the public, regarding the campaign of Senator Obama.

Several years ago I read a comment that said “The 100% American is 99% an idiot.” Regardless of how you feel about that comment, it is clear through their actions that the media believes this to be true.

So from now until the election, I will be surfing for articles in the foreign press that present a more balanced view of Senator Obama’s campaign and when I find them I will be posting them on my blog because if as they say “Knowledge is Power” then we can’t afford to allow others to force feed us with their version of facts.

Before Senator Obama went on his overseas trip the discussion that consumed the talking heads was what would happen if he made a mistake. Given the tremendous success of his trip, to include the 200,000 plus who saw him speak in Berlin, the discussion now is that he is presumptuous and arrogant. The following is from another perspective the Jerusalem Post.

Obama on Iran, Syria and Jerusalem

Two months ago in the Oval Office, President George W. Bush, coming to the end of a two-term presidency and presumably as expert on Israeli-Palestinian policy as he is ever going to be, was accompanied by a team of no fewer than five advisers and spokespeople during a 40-minute interview with this writer and three other Israeli journalists.

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Obama interviewed by Jerusalem Post Editor-in-Chief David Horovitz.
Photo: Ariel Jerozolimski

In March, on his whirlwind visit to Israel, Republican presidential nominee John McCain, one of whose primary strengths is said to be his intimate grasp of foreign affairs, chose to bring along Sen. Joe Lieberman to the interview our diplomatic correspondent Herb Keinon and I conducted with him, looked to Lieberman several times for reassurance on his answers and seemed a little flummoxed by a question relating to the nuances of settlement construction.

On Wednesday evening, toward the end of his packed one-day visit here, Barack Obama, the Democratic senator who is leading the race for the White House and who lacks long years of foreign policy involvement, spoke to The Jerusalem Post with only a single aide in his King David Hotel room, and that aide’s sole contribution to the conversation was to suggest that the candidate and I switch seats so that our photographer would get better lighting for his pictures.

Several of Obama’s Middle East advisers – including former Clinton special envoy Dennis Ross and ex-ambassador to Israel Daniel Kurtzer – were hovering in the vicinity. But Obama, who was making only his second visit to Israel, knew precisely what he wanted to say about the most intricate issues confronting and concerning Israel, and expressed himself clearly, even stridently on key subjects.

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