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The Story Behind the Obama Law School Speech Video (PBS Damage Control)
Frontline - PBS ^ | Wednesday, March 7, 2012 | Andrew Golis

Posted on 03/07/2012 5:13:50 PM PST by kristinn

The web is abuzz today about video of a speech Barack Obama gave in 1990 (some reports have incorrectly identified the speech as occurring in 1991) at Harvard Law School defending the actions of Professor Derrick Bell. Bell, the law school’s first tenured black professor, had protested Harvard’s failure to offer tenure to women of color as law school professors. Online publisher Andrew Brietbart, who died last week, had said he possessed the speech and hinted that he would release it, arguing that it provided evidence that Obama has long held radical political beliefs.

Today, the website BuzzFeed published a clip of the speech along with an article explaining some past and current context for Obama’s remarks. The website claimed the clip was “not previously available online.” The editors at Brietbart.com responded that the video on Buzzfeed had been “selectively edited” and said that they would release the full footage tonight on Fox News.

But there’s nothing new about the clip or Obama’s role in the controversy at Harvard Law School. In 2008, as a part of our quadrennial election special The Choice 2008, FRONTLINE ran the same footage of the speech as a part of an exploration of Obama’s time at Harvard Law School, where he graduated in 1991. It’s been online at our site and on YouTube since then. You can see that part of the film below.

(Excerpt) Read more at pbs.org ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: 1990; 1991; breitbart; derrickbell; harvard; harvardlaw; obama
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1 posted on 03/07/2012 5:13:58 PM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn

I can’t wait to hear allegations that obama is being “swiftboated.” LOL


2 posted on 03/07/2012 5:22:37 PM PST by matt1234 (Bring back the HUAC.)
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To: kristinn

The real issue to focus on is selective libstream media editing.
I look forward to seeing what they cut out. Their spin is based on
the sanitized version.


3 posted on 03/07/2012 5:22:51 PM PST by rfp1234 (RFP's Law: Whoever blames Bush first shall lose the argument.)
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To: kristinn

Since Breitbart hasn’t released the video yet, how do they know what’s in it?


4 posted on 03/07/2012 5:22:57 PM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: kristinn

I knew I saw the edited clip prior to today’s re-release. This documentary film is where I probably saw it. IIRC, Initially, it was reported Breitbart had possession of “videos”. Tonight his group is supposed to release an un-edited 14 minute long video clip. In less than an hour, we’ll know more. Typically, Breitbart would release bits and pieces of damning information, permitting progressives to formulate a response which inevitably buries them in the deception of their own making. It will be interesting to learn if there is more than just this one tape as well.


5 posted on 03/07/2012 5:24:01 PM PST by wtd
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To: kristinn

This liberal tripe is courtesy of our earnings confiscated via taxes for liberals. Truly, State controlled and funded media. Fluke them.


6 posted on 03/07/2012 5:28:31 PM PST by ConservativeInPA (Newt makes me want to become a better American. There are no bounds to greatness.)
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To: kristinn

See? “We’ve plowed this field already”.


7 posted on 03/07/2012 5:29:52 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: kristinn

See? “We’ve plowed this field already”.


8 posted on 03/07/2012 5:30:23 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: kristinn

I’ll wager 0bama was made Editor of the Harvard Law review BECAUSE, of the on campus protests.
The Dean had to appease the leftist rabble


9 posted on 03/07/2012 5:30:37 PM PST by Steven Tyler
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To: wtd

I wonder if this one will be a “not much to see here”. The MSM will get all full of itself knocking Breitbart and then WHAM! More video


10 posted on 03/07/2012 5:30:45 PM PST by Mygirlsmom
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To: ConservativeInPA

“Fluke them”

Very funny....sure hope it catches on


11 posted on 03/07/2012 5:31:07 PM PST by Gettin Betta
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To: ConservativeInPA

Great response!!!


12 posted on 03/07/2012 5:35:45 PM PST by SueRae (Tale of 2 Towers - First, Isengaard (GOP-e), then, the Tower of Sauron on 11.06.2012)
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To: Gettin Betta

Fluke you, PMS-BS!

You can’t spell “PBS” without “BS”.


13 posted on 03/07/2012 5:40:54 PM PST by JediJones (The Divided States of Obama's Declaration of Dependence: Death, Taxes and the Pursuit of Crappiness)
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To: Steven Tyler

I’ll wager 0bama was made Editor of the Harvard Law review BECAUSE, of the on campus protests.
The Dean had to appease the leftist rabble

You are so right.


14 posted on 03/07/2012 5:44:43 PM PST by dandiegirl
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To: kristinn

I don’t care what “Frontline” has to say about anything. A leftist show for leftist viewers.


15 posted on 03/07/2012 5:45:48 PM PST by popdonnelly (Socialism isn't going to work this time, either.)
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To: Mygirlsmom

The guys that are running Brietbart.com said that this is just the tip of the iceberg of many more things to come. Drip drip drip..... I hope they are careful.


16 posted on 03/07/2012 5:46:29 PM PST by dandiegirl
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To: kristinn

I watched the clips they have posted. The second one has this above it, “...Breitbart.com editors’ claims that the footage had been edited, we pulled the full archived tape. In includes not just Obama’s speech, but other footage from the rally”

Thier “archived tape” is edited as well. After about 6 minute of B roll footage, Obama’s speech starts in the middle of a sentence. Then it has at least 2 other edit points. One of them right after he says, “and speaking the truth”


17 posted on 03/07/2012 5:50:26 PM PST by Gettin Betta
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To: kristinn

If this were such a nothing burger, the lib media would not be going to such lengths to defend.


18 posted on 03/07/2012 5:51:31 PM PST by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else (Maybe Tim Thomas))
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To: kristinn

I’ll bet they edited out the part where Zero asks Harvard to provide
free rubbers and K-Y [/s].


19 posted on 03/07/2012 6:03:20 PM PST by rfp1234 (RFP's Law: Whoever blames Bush first shall lose the argument.)
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To: kristinn
Nothing that will sway one single vote for or against Obama.
20 posted on 03/07/2012 6:08:49 PM PST by FerociousRabbit
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