Fired ABC Consultant Who ‘Scammed’ Obama and Other Interviews Also Linked to Dubious Newspaper Stories

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By: E&P Staff

An emerging scandal involving a consultant to ABC News, who admits he was “scammed” in an interview with Sen. Barack Obama, also calls into question the use of the man as a source for many newspaper stories concerning the U.S. and Iran.

The man is Alexis Debat, a former French defense official who now works at the Nixon Center. In The Washington Post today, Howard Kurtz reported, “A former consultant to ABC’s investigative unit admitted yesterday that he put his name on a purported interview with Barack Obama that he never conducted.”

But “that’s not the only red flag about Debat’s credibility,” as he has been “pounding the drums for a U.S. attack on Iran,” relates Will Bunch in his Attytood blog at the Philadephia Daily News site.

Brian Ross reports on ABC News’ web site this afternoon, “Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan have added their names to the list of people who say they were the subjects of fake interviews published in a French foreign affairs journal under the name of Alexis Debat, a former ABC News consultant. ‘This guy is just sick,’ said Patrick Wajsman, the editor of the magazine, Politique Internationale, a prestigious publication that has been in business for 29 years. Wajsman said he was removing all articles with Debat’s byline from the magazine’s Web site.

See the Attytood take on this complex tale here

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