(Image Source - Florida Political Press)


BY JOSH LANDER
ANCHOR CANDICE AVILES


With the presidential election four days away, we’ve all become used to chanting and cheering at campaign rallies. But a recent rally led by First Lady Michelle Obama stirred some controversy.

Here’s a tweet from Fox-affiliate WOFL reporter Mike Synan while at a rally held by the first lady. It reads quote -- “Crowd for #FLOTUS event in Daytona now chanting ‘Hail Obama’. Wow, just wow #fox35.”

Synan even included the crowds alleged chants in his news report later that day for Fox51 in Texas, saying...

“By far the most boisterous crowd I’ve seen in this election cycle on the Democratic side.  even at a few points I heard a few chants of ‘Hail Obama.’”

Hail Obama.  Like Hail Caesar?  Or Hail Hitler?  The Conservative press went wild with the report.
A writer for Florida Political Press uses Synan’s report to revive an ever-present Obama-Hitler comparison that’s circled among the president’s critics. He writes....

“The level of idolatry and blind allegiance some in this country exhibit toward political leaders is downright scary... When we see firsthand how so many in this country are swept up in the cult of personality ... it then becomes a little easier to understand how events took shape back in the 1930’s.”

This isn’t the first time some members of the conservative media have uttered this “Hail Obama” rhetoric.
Back in 2008, several right-of-center media depictions emerged under that monicker.

In the midst of that election, ATLAH released this video of Reverend James David Manning comparing then candidate Barack Obama to Adolph Hitler. He even used phrases to describe the president as the “ambassador from hell.”

As a result, many are questioning whether these “Hail Obama” chants even occurred.  No other media outlet reported on it.

Freelance journalist Jeffrey Billman directly asked Synan via Twitter: “For real, or are you just Drudge-baiting?”

That’s a reference to the well-trafficked conservative blog The Drudge Report, which did pick up on the story Thursday night.

But a writer for The Guardian Express also points out...

“...there is no video that proves inconclusively that ‘Hail Obama!’ was being shouted at the rally.”

Synan defended his report to conservative blog The Blaze, saying there were four or five other reporters who said they heard “Hail Obama” come from the crowd as well but didn’t think the story was newsworthy.

Florida Journalist Reports 'Hail Obama' Chants at Rally

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Nov 2, 2012

Florida Journalist Reports 'Hail Obama' Chants at Rally

(Image Source - Florida Political Press)


BY JOSH LANDER
ANCHOR CANDICE AVILES


With the presidential election four days away, we’ve all become used to chanting and cheering at campaign rallies. But a recent rally led by First Lady Michelle Obama stirred some controversy.

Here’s a tweet from Fox-affiliate WOFL reporter Mike Synan while at a rally held by the first lady. It reads quote -- “Crowd for #FLOTUS event in Daytona now chanting ‘Hail Obama’. Wow, just wow #fox35.”

Synan even included the crowds alleged chants in his news report later that day for Fox51 in Texas, saying...

“By far the most boisterous crowd I’ve seen in this election cycle on the Democratic side.  even at a few points I heard a few chants of ‘Hail Obama.’”

Hail Obama.  Like Hail Caesar?  Or Hail Hitler?  The Conservative press went wild with the report.
A writer for Florida Political Press uses Synan’s report to revive an ever-present Obama-Hitler comparison that’s circled among the president’s critics. He writes....

“The level of idolatry and blind allegiance some in this country exhibit toward political leaders is downright scary... When we see firsthand how so many in this country are swept up in the cult of personality ... it then becomes a little easier to understand how events took shape back in the 1930’s.”

This isn’t the first time some members of the conservative media have uttered this “Hail Obama” rhetoric.
Back in 2008, several right-of-center media depictions emerged under that monicker.

In the midst of that election, ATLAH released this video of Reverend James David Manning comparing then candidate Barack Obama to Adolph Hitler. He even used phrases to describe the president as the “ambassador from hell.”

As a result, many are questioning whether these “Hail Obama” chants even occurred.  No other media outlet reported on it.

Freelance journalist Jeffrey Billman directly asked Synan via Twitter: “For real, or are you just Drudge-baiting?”

That’s a reference to the well-trafficked conservative blog The Drudge Report, which did pick up on the story Thursday night.

But a writer for The Guardian Express also points out...

“...there is no video that proves inconclusively that ‘Hail Obama!’ was being shouted at the rally.”

Synan defended his report to conservative blog The Blaze, saying there were four or five other reporters who said they heard “Hail Obama” come from the crowd as well but didn’t think the story was newsworthy.

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