When the news ain’t good enough, just make something up

According to the Times of London, “Hillary Clinton believes that Barack Obama has finally handed her a real opportunity to win the Democratic nomination after his comments that ‘bitter’ small-town Americans ‘cling to guns or religion’, perhaps the greatest blunder of his presidential campaign.” So what did he actually say? That comes farther down in the story:

It emerged on Saturday that Mr Obama had, before an audience in the liberal bastion of San Francisco, tried to explain his trouble winning over white, working-class voters, the fabled “Reagan Democrats” who will be crucial in the general election.

He said: “You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And it’s not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

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