From 2008 — The “Manchurian Candidate” fantastical rumors that just won’t die 7 years later

 

No matter that Mr. Obama’s been in office nearly two full terms the fantastical rumors just won’t die. Birth certificate accusations, faked college-records… the list goes on and on. Even today social media posts, websites and chain-emails just seem to never end. The article below is worth it, taking readers back to November 2008 and then 2011. All this makes one wonder what will happen in 12 months when Mr. Obama is no longer even president?

Background on “The Manchurian Candidate”

The Manchurian Candidate is a 1962 American Cold War suspense thriller directed by John Frankenheimerthat stars Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and Janet Leigh and co-stars Angela Lansbury, Henry Silva andJames Gregory. Its screenplay, by George Axelrod, is based on the 1959 novel by Richard Condon.

The premise of the film is the brainwashing of the son of a prominent right-wing political family as an unwitting assassin in an international communist conspiracy. The Manchurian Candidate was released in the United States on October 24, 1962, at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The film was well-received and was nominated for two Academy Awards. (from Wikipedia)

 

The “Manchurian Candidate” Fantasy:

Paranoia And Irony Abound

Posted: 11/15/2008 then updated 5/25/2011

By William Bradley, Political Analyst

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-bradley/the-manchurian-candidate_b_134855.html

Sean Hannity did an hour-long Fox News documentary last week on Obama as a potential Manchurian candidate. Ironically, The Manchurian Candidate was made as a sardonic indictment of the paranoid style of the far right.

That kicked off a tumultuous week in which McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin, ran around claiming that Obama “pals around with terrorists,” Team McCain launched scathing advertising tying Obama to ex-Weather Undergrounder Bill Ayers (making a few bizarre claims in the process), Fox’s Sean Hannity ran an hour-long documentary about the purportedly shadowy radical Obama, and McCain and Palin addressed increasingly rowdy and angry crowds. Until by the end of the week, McCain had to tell one of his supporters that Obama is a good family man you don’t have to fear if he becomes president. For which he was booed by the crowd. And finally, take the microphone away from another supporter so confused by the witches brew of “Manchurian candidate” stuff about Obama emanating from the far right that she thought “he’s … an Arab.”

It’s ironic it’s come to this, because McCain himself was beaten for the Republican nomination in 2000 by a campaign of vicious innuendo.

For the rest of this OLD story, go here: The “Manchurian Candidate” Fantasy: Paranoia And Irony Abound | William Bradley

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