WASHINGTON – An African news agency claims Michelle Obama placed a surprise call to to protest its coverage of WND investigative stories about her husband – characterizing the source of the material as “racist” and Jerome Corsi as “evil.”
The call was placed to African Press International, according to a report in the publication today. It said Michelle Obama accused API of “colluding with American Internet bloggers in an effort to bring down her husband.”
The report said Mrs. Obama had hoped the African media “was mature enough to be in the front to give unwavering support to her husband, a man Africans should identify themselves with.”
API’s account said it was “only relaying what the American bloggers and other media outlets had discovered through their investigations.” This, according to the story, angered her.
WND senior staff writer Jerry Corsi
“African Press International is supposed to support Africans and African-American view,” she reportedly said. “It is strange that API has chosen to support the racists against my husband. There is no shame in being adopted by a stepfather. All dirt has been thrown onto my husband’s face and yet he loves this country. My husband and I know that there is no law that will stop him from becoming the president, just because some American white racists are bringing up the issue of my husband’s adoption by his stepfather. The important thing here is where my husband’s heart is at the moment. I can tell the American people that my husband loves this country and his adoption never changed his love for this country. He was born in Hawaii, yes, and that gives him all the right to be an American citizen even though he was adopted by a foreigner.”
The Obama campaign immediately denied the telephone call happened.
Tommy Vietor, a campaign spokesman, told Byron York on the National Review Online blog “The Corner,” the conversation didn’t happen.
“The answer is no, it’s not real, the report is made up. She did not speak to the organization,” Vietor said.
However, in an e-mail to WND, a man who identified himself as API’s “Chief Editor Korikr” confirmed the exchange.
“API hereby confirms to you that the story is true and if
the huge interest on this particular story continues, we will post the recording
on our website in the next immediate days.
“When we published the story we did not intend to cause any
chaos but we are shocked by the huge interest the story is receiving from the
Americans and the American media,” he continued.
“Mrs. Obama called us just to ask API to stop joining the
mainstream hate online media that is trying to destroy her husband’s opportunity
to get the presidency,” he wrote.
He said his editorial board would meet to discuss how best to release the audio.
AFI asked Michelle Obama to comment on the detention of Corsi during his visit last week to Kenya, where he was investigating the presidential candidate’s links to a controversial strongman serving as prime minister.
“When API asked Mrs. Obama to comment on why Dr. Corsi was arrested by the Kenyan government and whether she thought Kenya’s prime minister, Mr. Raila Odinga, was involved in Dr. Corsi’s arrest, she got irritated and simply told API not to dig [into] that which will support evil people who are out to stop her husband from getting the presidency,” the publication reported.
AFI also said the first lady in waiting had some clear instructions for the publication.
“Mrs. Obama asked API to write a good story about her husband and that will earn API an invitation to the inauguration ceremony when, as she put it, her husband will be installed as the next President of the United States of America next year,” the report said.
Michelle Obama had one other point to make – regarding the endorsement of her husband by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, which she deemed “unfortunate.”
She reportedly told AFI that it was unfortunate that the highly controversial Farrakhan made his support known before the election.