The shocking Michelle Obama telephone interview attributed to African Press International has caused a political firestorm not seen since the Jeremiah Wright tapes. Get the full story here and read about the supposed audio recording that may rock the U.S. election.

Editor’s Update: The failure of the organization to provide a promised audiotape to the public, after stalling and stalling, helps us believe that this story from API was a hoax. We do not believe there was a Michelle Obama interview.

Michelle Obama allegedly called African Press International (API) on October 15th, 2008 and unleashed a short but angry tirade questioning the motives of “white” people that was then published on their website. They appear to have had no idea what would happen next as conservative political blogs picked up the story.

Michella Obama: “African press International is supposed to support Africans and African-American view,. It is strange that API has chosen to support the racists against my husband. There is no shame in being adopted by a step father. All dirt has been thrown onto my husband’s face and yet he loves this country. My husband and I know that there is no law that will stop him from becoming the president, just because some American white racists are bringing up the issue of my husband’s adoption by His step father. The important thing here is where my husband’s heart is at the moment. I can tell the American people that My husband loves this country and his adoption never changed his love for this country. He was born in Hawaii, yes, and that gives him all the right to be an American citizen even though he was adopted by a foreigner.�?

Within hours of the published interview the Obama campaign issued a denial that the conversation had even taken place. At least one of their chief cheerleaders in the mainstream press accepted their denial of a published news article without asking any questions. In this case the blogs are less quick to rush to judgment.

The potential problem for ABC and the Obama campaign is that API is sticking with the Michelle Obama interview story, and they appear to be angry about the denial. They claim that they will release the audio tape recording within 24 hours.

Later from API: “Owing to the importance of the story – now that we have realised – API will do the needfull in a day or two. While doing so, we will seek not to hurt any one with the information we have.

The truth will come out soon and the Obama campaign spokesperson(s) will have a problem to deny that API actually had a telephone conversation with Mrs Obama. Mrs Obama should open up to the campaign spokesperson(s) now so that they do not continue denying what they do not know.

By Chief Editor Korir
African Press International – API

So what is this curious group called African Press International? I confess to have never heard of them before today. But in reality they appear to have a strong editorial board and large team of 19 international correspondents and reporters. They have been in business for two years promoting Africa-first causes around the world, based in Norway and the United Kingdom. This is not a right-wing website or even a news organization focused on the U.S. election. They appear to have published the Michelle Obama telephone call as a footnote.

The reason that Michelle Obama might choose to phone an African-centric news outlet is clear to those who have studied her background. She is often, and perhaps unfairly, accused of racism based on her radical college papers and some polarizing speeches. Her choice of Trinity United Church, to which she introduced Barack, is an African-centric church in America.

Michelle Obama API Audio (Video)