Is Sidney Blumenthal spreading right-wing smears about Obama?

Ari Berman says so in The Nation. Let’s have a yes-or-no answer from Blumenthal, or from the Clinton campaign.

Ari Berman reports in The Nation:

John Batchelor, a right-wing talk-radio host for KFI-AM in Los Angeles … has written a series of outlandish columns about Obama for the conservative magazine Human Events and repeatedly pushed the Obama smears on his radio show. According to an e-mail of Batchelor’s obtained by The Nation, Batchelor says that information about Obama and Khalidi came via “oppo research.”

Even if the false claims about Obama originally emanated from the neoconservative right, the Clinton campaign has eagerly pushed them. Clinton operative Sidney Blumenthal has e-mailed damaging stories about Obama to reporters, including a recent article by Batchelor.

If I were a reporter, I would ask Blumenthal to confirm or deny this. And if I didn’t get an answer, I would start asking the Clinton campaign. False accusations of anti-Semitism should be about as far off limits as anything could be in Democratic politics, and I for one am curious about how low the Clinton machine is willing to go.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: