National Press Club sells out

Dateline: Sun 15 Jun 2008

Guess who's coming to the National Press Club to speak Tuesday?

Larry Sinclair, who, while not a household name, is well-known in some political circles as the man who claims he smoked crack and had oral sex with Barack Obama in 1999, after meeting in a Chicago bar.

Now Sinclair's handlers and backers, whomever they may be, have hired a room for Sinclair to hold a tell-all forum at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Washington D.C.

From the NPC website, in prose that could only have been penned by Sinclair's peeps:

"(Siinclair) will for the first time reveal the corroborating evidence for his claim that on November 6 + 7, 1999, Larry: (i) met Obama at a gay bar where Barrack Obama arranged for the purchase of federal Schedule II drugs, (ii) which Larry and Obama thereafter ingested and (iii) then engaged in hi-risk, homosexual activities.

"Larry's story burst on to the scene on January 18, 2008, when Larry released a short video containing these allegations on YouTube.com. (My comment: odd that Sinclair sat on this story for so long...)

"That video has had close to a million views yet the mainstream media has completely ignored Larry's serious allegations. Thereafter, a clearly orchestrated campaign to discredit Larry began on the internet which forced Larry to resort to federal court to protect his reputation."

The NPC's decision to rent space out to Sinclair is discouraging, but hey, as the Wall Street Journal says: follow the money. Hence some some pro-Clinton bloggers who have made no secret of their disdain for Obama are on this like a hawk on a baby chipmunk.

Most notable is Taylor Marsh, a Los Angeles-based radio talk show host and blogger who is a fierce Hillary partisan.

http://www.taylormarsh.com

But Marsh is no fool, and in Saturday's post, "Who's Helping Larry Sinclair?" she has possibly unearthed Sinclair's moneybags. Marsh notes that the group paying the bill at the press club event is Veritas Federal Media.

She wonders if that group is linked to Veritas Media Group, an LLC political consulting group headed by Joseph R. Giganti, a conservative commentator who served as national media strategist for Alan Keyes, when Keyes ran for the Senate seat against -- hello -- Obama.

Says Marsh:

"Giganti looks like he could, could, be at the head of this nasty piece of business with Sinclair, since Veritas Federal Media, the group sponsoring Sinclair's political porn presser, is obviously quite close in name to Giganti's original group Veritas Media Group, LLC, as well as his other group, 'Veritas Media Group.' Or maybe it's just a coincidence that 'Veritas Federal Media,' with a similar name of other Giganti media groups, popped up to sponsor Sinclair him on June 18th.

"To give you some foundation, Giganti has also been the go to guy in the past for the National Pro-Life Action Center, including several events over the years. He specializes in misinformation and propaganda on all things having to do with women's reproductive health, including places beyond our borders. He refers to these efforts as "so-called family planning," believing in abstinence only, of course, no matter the practical difficulties, the actual evidence, or the dangers to women, including poor women around the world who are especially at risk to HIV/AIDS."

Giaganti has sent an email to Marsh, denying he has any ties to the group sponsoring Sinclair.

As much as I hate to see the National Press Club whore out to Sinclair and his backers' agenda, maybe it's time to get this ugly non-story out in the open and dispose of it in a public setting.

If, that is, anyone will take the session seriously enough to actually cover it. For some reason, the press club is willing to take the money, but media types don't seem much interested in actually exploring the authenticity of the story.

Meanwhile, FiredogLake.org has started a petition drive to pressure the Press Club into canceling Sinclair's sideshow. Their theme song is: "Do Not Feed the Troll."

Your thoughts? Let Sinclair speak and let the national press corps at him? Or don't dignify his b.s. with a forum?

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