How Obama’s Laugh Turned Into Part of a Smear Campaign

How Obama’s Laugh Turned Into Part of a Smear Campaign

How Obama’s Laugh Turned Into Part of a Smear Campaign

The workings of a build-up to a fake-scandal over President Obama’s laughter on 60 Minutes.


Over forty minutes of interview with Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes, President Obama discussed the economy, torture and terrorism yet the day after the special aired the media began to focus on the least of these items–the president’s demeanor. The construction of the smear began immediately following the piece and provided grist for the scandal machine for the rest of the news cycle.

Gabriela Resto-Montero

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