Obama Campaign Accused of Fake European Reporting.

Veteran news reporter Andrea Mitchell has cried foul on the Obama campaign for staging fake interviews and footage from his European tour.

Like everyone, I’ve watched the video of Barack Obama meeting troops expecting that it was shot by the mainstream media covering the event. Turns out that the images we are seeing are carefully staged campaign theatrics. No reporters were present.

Said Andrea Mitchell on the Hardball with Chris Matthews program:

Let me just say something about the message management. He didn’t have reporters with him, he didn’t have a press pool, he didn’t do a press conference while he was on the ground in either Afghanistan or Iraq. What you’re seeing is not reporters brought in. You’re seeing selected pictures taken by the military, questions by the military, and what some would call fake interviews, because they’re not interviews from a journalist. So, there’s a real press issue here. Politically it’s smart as can be. But we’ve not seen a presidential candidate do this, in my recollection, ever before.

Being a reporter who was not present in any of those situations, I just cannot report on what was edited out, what was, you know, on the sidelines. That’s my issue. We don’t know what we are seeing.

Mitchell makes the point that nobody knows how many outtakes it took to make a basketball hoop and nobody knows if he was heckled elsewhere. Matthews wonders why most of the faces in the crowd shots are black. In reality most of the troops in Afghanistan are white. Read the entire transcript here.

What kind of reception did Obama really get? Our information is that the troops gave him a chilly reception minus the staged basketball chicanery.

You can see what Andrea Mitchell calls the “faked” videos below.

Obama Afghanistan Videos – Faked?