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Rick Warren Drops Obama-Osama Slip, Media No Longer Cares

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If you caught Rick Warren’s Larry King interview following his dramatic event interviewing the candidates on matters of politics, faith, and values, interviewing the candidates in his church in a bold departure from secular reporting (OK, that’s sarcasm, the major news networks still haven’t decided whether Obama is a Muslim or not), you may have caught him saying Osama while referring to Obama, a fairly common mistake which I have written about in the past.

In CNN’s defense, they have not corrected this mistake in their transcript of the program. However, something as simple as a typographical error changing the meaning of a person’s statement in a newspaper should show up in the retractions/corrections section, but I’ve been unable to find any interest in this matter in the media in general. The only thing I’ve managed to find is that another blogger noticed as well.

When I was watching this interview, I wasn’t even certain I believed my ears when I heard Warren make this all-too-common slip of the tongue.  King and Warren were discussing the question Warren had asked each candidate of whether evil existed and whether it should be negotiated with or “defeated”. Considering the target audience of this civil forum and the amount of time given to a candidate to respond to a question, anything but the same response you would have to a video game villain (it’s evil, kill it) would have been impossible, so the question in itself was completely ridiculous.

Warren, while describing John McCain’s response, dropped the Obama-Osama slip in the most psychologically revealing way possible, while he was talking about McCain’s resolve in defeating evil.

“On the other hand, John was very clear that you can’t negotiate with evil. You have to defeat it. Honestly, I think he was thinking not just of Obama, I think really what was on his heart too was this interest of Russia recently invading Georgia. ”

The placement of the slip-up in the conversation on evil and how McCain plans to defeat it is very interesting here. Is Warren subconsciously thinking of Obama as evil, or as something for McCain to defeat? Is this connection in his own subconscious, or is he deliberately attempting to create this subconscious connection in others? Of all those who have made this mistake in public forums, how many of them made this mistake honestly and how many are attempting to scare voters on a subconscious level? Are they organized?

As much as we all tire of hearing the same news stories over and over again, I think the media should hold people accountable for making this mistake. Although it may not be a deliberate attempt to bring negative associations to a candidate in the minds of the public, a Freudian slip of this kind may reveal where the speaker is coming from, which is just as important as what they actually say.

It will also help prevent subconscious negative association if attention is called to these slips of the tongue. I wonder how many viewers didn’t even notice when it happened.


Apart from the Obama-Osama slip, and the unfortunately simplistic viewpoint our candidatesclaim to have on the subject of evil, the most interesting thing about the Warren event was the candidates’ response to the question on the definition of wealth. I liked Obama’s answer. Warren asked for a number, and he gave it to him. McCain’s answer made me think that Michael Moore might have been right when he described the infection of the American mindset with the Horatio Alger fantasy in “Dude, Where’s My Country”.

He started talking like a poor little rich girl and said he wants us all to be rich.

“MCCAIN: Some of the richest people I’ve ever known in my life are the most unhappy. I think that rich is — should be defined by a home, a good job, an education, and the ability to hand to our children a more prosperous and safer world than the one that we inherited. I don’t want to take any money from the rich. I want everybody to get rich.”

He doesn’t want to take any money from the rich, and he wants us all to be rich. I guess if we were all rich, the government wouldn’t have to take any money from any of us, if we wanted a road, we’d just build it ourselves. But that’s not how the world works, and John McCain knows it as well as I do. I can’t believe that any working human being could swallow the fantasy that the rich should be our heroes and we should do nothing to “harm” them, although taking a small portion of their money from them is about the least amount of harm you can do to a rich person. 

We need a government, and the government needs to spend some money in order to exist and work, and McCain’s only solution is to cut spending (except in war). And now we know, if he had his way, he would prefer to take what little money he believes the government needs from the poor before taking a penny from the rich.


Written by Alex (Capitalocracy)

August 24, 2008 at 12:29 pm

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