ABC News Senior National Correspondent Jake Tapper has taken upon himself in his blog this week the task of debunking the rumors that have been perpetuated by conservative and anti-Obama pundits and newspapers. Various newspapers and blogs have used this interview to perpetuate rumors that Barack Obama was raised a Muslim for the purpose of taking advantage of anti-Islamic beliefs.
The Israeli Army Radio interviewed Barack Obama’s older half-brother, Malik Obama. The Jerusalem Post paraphrased one of Malik Obama’s responses for the purpose of inferring that Barack Obama was raised a Muslim. Listening to Malik Obama’s responses provides no evidence to support Obama being a Muslim.
In a pivotal election year, it is unfortunate that a story without truth-value has been so widely circulated by both mainstream and fringe conservative news sources.