Jesse Jackson Denies Obama Slam — Paper Stands By Quote

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By: E&P Staff

The Rev. Jesse Jackson today disputed a comment attributed to him by The State, a Columbia, South Carolina newspaper. It quoted him charging that Sen. Barack Obama was “acting like he’s white” in his alleged lack of response to the case of six black youths arrested in Louisiana.

The newspaper affirmed its report. “We stand by our story,” said Steve Brook, the deputy managing editor.

The State reported earlier today that Jackson had told one of its reporters that Obama had not responded strongly to the controversial arrests of six Jena, La., teenagers in connection with a December attack on a white classmate.

On Wednesday, Jackson issued a statement claiming he was “taken out of context.”

“I commend Sen. Obama for speaking out and demanding fairness on this defining issue. Any attempt to dilute my support for Sen. Obama will not succeed,” the statement read.

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