Syndicated columnist Robert Novak is standing by his unsourced reporting that agents for Hillary Clinton spread a rumor that she had â€œscandalous informationâ€ about Barack Obama but wasnâ€™t going to release it. â€œThis is very similar to the kind of trick that Richard Nixon used to pull, where he would say, â€˜I know some very bad information about the communists supporting George McGovern, but I canâ€™t put that out because it wouldnâ€™t be right, but Iâ€™m just too good of a guy,â€™â€ Novak told Fox News.
Obama called on Clinton to â€œeither make public any and all information referred to in the item or concede the truth: that there is none.â€ But Clintonâ€™s camp suggested that the rumor was spread by Republicans, fed to â€œa columnist of questionable credibility,â€ and that Obama was naive to fall for the trap.
Novak said thatâ€™s standard operating procedure. â€œThe whole method of the Clinton campaign is when anything derogatory comes up, they say the Republicans are spreading it,â€ he said. â€œBut there was no Republicans involved in any of my reporting on this.â€
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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