[reddit-me]In the aftermath of Ms. Clinton’s “3 AM” ad, this photograph of Barack Obama began to circulate with this message:
When you are faking a pose for a camera photo opportunity, at least you can get the phone turned in the right direction! And Obama wants to be President??????
I got it in an email a few weeks ago, checked out Snopes and other places to see what the real deal was and found nothing.
Today, my dad emailed me with this reference to Snopes. As suspected the photo has been altered. The original:
Snopes points to a very interesting difference between the photos. The altered photograph has the time on the clock changed to 3 AM.
So to be clear: a viral email conveying a very Clintonian message began to circulate in concert with Ms. Clinton’s ad campaign underlining the message of the campaign itself.
This email comes after a series of emails earlier this year and last year. At the time of the previous emails, I asked:
The real question this email should bring up is this: Who is making this stuff up, and who are they trying to fool?
The claims behind the email are demonstrably false, and have been widely reported as such. These smears have appeared in a number of emails, although they all follow the same story line. Someone is obviously deliberately perpetrating a falsehood – and the lies have come up during the Iowa caucuses, as well as from a campaign staff of one of Obama’s rivals.
Someone is betting on the laziness and gullibility of the American people. The question is: Who?
It’s still the question.