Stories Media & Internet from March, 2008
Why are some African bloggers calling Barack Obama a liar? And what do they have to say about the presidential hopeful's Race speech, campaign issues and foreign policy. John Liebhardt, who brings us other campaign news, looks into African blogs for reactions.
For African bloggers checking in on the Democratic race, long gone are the pithy remarks about Clinton and Obama and the hopeful interest in U.S. presidential politics. A certain new tone has entered into the fray: Perhaps itâ€™s irritability or defiance. If I had to pick an adjective to tag these posts, Iâ€™d label them as â€œpartisan.â€ You are either for us or against us; itâ€™s as simple as that, writes John Liebhardt in this review of African blogs.
Barack Obama has been challenged by the American right for several reasons - refusing to put his hand over his heart during the National Anthem, for attending an Islamic school as a child, and for being born to a Muslim father. Now he is under attack for his middle name - Hussein, a name made famous by Iraq's former leader, Saddam Hussein.