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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Obama as 'target': Harry Smith raises assassination threat with Ted Kennedy

You can't say that the thought had not already occurred to millions, but still one has to question the tact and taste of CBS morning guy Harry Smith raising today the question of Obama getting assassinated -- with Ted Kennedy, no less. Hey, why not send out a printed invitation to all the nut cases out there? According to my viewing of the video, Smith asked, "When you see that enthusiasm [for Obama] though, and when you see the generational change that seems to be taking place before our eyes, does it make you at all fearful?"

Kennedy seemed to not know what Smith was hinting at -- although he did stutter a bit -- and offered a bland reply about a "new generation." Smith then tried again: "I just, I think, what I was trying to say is -- sometimes agents of change end up being targets, as you well know. And that was why I was asking if you were at all fearful of that." This time Kennedy, who certainly does well know, surely understood what he meant but again evaded the question, just referring to Obama as an "agent of change." Good for him. Smith also tried to get Teddy to reveal what went down in his now-famous phone conversation with Bill Clinton regarding the pending endorsement. Kennedy chuckled heartily and said, no way. Here's complete video of yesterday's Kennedy and Obama speeches:

4 comments:

Carly1477 said...

It is beyond inappropriate to even mention an assasination of Barack Obama. As a media professional you DO NOT EVER mention a treat to anyone's life with no substantial proof that a threat exist.(Law Enforcement even tells us that if there is a treat on our lives to not make it known as it may cause additional false or legitmate threats.) Harry Smith should be put on suspension and made to re-learn the influence of his role as a media professional.

carly1477 said...

It is beyond inappropriate to even mention an assasination of Barack Obama. As a media professional you DO NOT EVER mention a treat to anyone's life with no substantial proof that a threat exist.(Law Enforcement even tells us that if there is a treat on our lives to not make it known as it may cause additional false or legitmate threats.) Harry Smith should be put on suspension and made to re-learn the influence of his role as a media professional.

Lexi said...

Not only do I agree it's inappropriate for Smith to publicly broach the subject in general, I think it's particularly tacky to ask Senator Kennedy that question. I imagine the loss of two brothers to exactly that fate must still be a painful memory expecially in such a close family. For that to happen to Obama doesn't bear thinking about.

Anonymous said...

I'm not too worried about it unless HRC gets on the ticket.