M Catharine Evans
A celebrity gossip website posts a recording of a conversation between an allegedly racist, septuagenarian basketball team owner and a former 20-something girlfriend, and the President of the United States, 9,500 miles away in Malaysia, weighs in with another race speech?
When asked about Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s conversation with someone named V. Stiviano, Obama jumped right into the question without any firsthand knowledge of the situation.
The Harvard-trained lawyer based his opinion on the mainstream media news story which based its story on a gossip site. Did Obama speak to the parties involved before he commented on the incident? Before the voice was even confirmed to be Sterling’s, Obama called the remarks “incredibly offensive.”