The San Francisco Chronicle is standing by its columnist’s report that President Barack Obama recently held a get-out-the-vote teleconference with his anti-American former pastor, Jeremiah Wright.
The report appeared Oct. 20 in a column by Willie Brown, the city’s former Democratic mayor and a 15-year chairman of the state assembly.
The purpose of Obama’s teleconference, according to Brown, was to talk with faith leaders about ways to spur turnout among African-Americans.
“Brothers and sisters aren’t among the top turnout groups … [compared to 2008] this time it’s not going to be that easy,” Brown wrote.
The Obama campaign promptly denied that report.
“It is not true. … The story is totally incorrect,” Lis Smith, the campaign’s rapid-response director, said in an email to The Daily Caller.
But a senior editor at the newspaper tentatively endorsed the column’s claim on Thursday.
“We stand by what was in the column, and if that changes we will clear it up for our readers,” Trapper Byrne, the Chronicle’s deputy metro editor, wrote to TheDC.