The wingnuts and Obamabots in the blogosphere were abuzz this morning about a video clip from the movie “The War Room,” of Mickey Kantor, a former Clinton advisor, purportedly saying derogatory things about the residents of Indiana. The clip has been doctored.
In a clip from his film on the 1992 Clinton campaign, posted to YouTube today, Clinton advisor Mickey Kantor is — according to subtitles — seen referring to Indianans with an expletive and to his colleague George Stephanopolous with a racial slur.
“He does not say that. He does not say that,” said Pennebaker, after viewing the clip.
He said the initial expletive referred to the anticipated reaction in the Bush White House to the fact that Ross Perot’s polling numbers were holding strong.
“What he says is he’s surprised Perot’s numbers are holding,” said Pennebaker in a brief phone interview. “He says they must be shi**ing in the White House.”
The second expletive, he said, appeared to have been entirely fabricated, with new audio dubbed onto the original movie.
Now that the truth has come up, some clean up is being done. The stir causing video is gone, a post on DKos that garnered 1432 comments has vanished and Big Tent Democrat notes on Talk Left that “AmericaBlog pulls its Drudge following post,” and points out that “the Moral of the story” is that “the Left blogs have lost their way.” BTD is right.