Newsmax is backing away from “Obama coup” story, fast

I was just contacted by Newsmax – there’s a first – and they asked me to publish their statement regarding the story they printed earlier that discussed a possible military coup against President Obama’s “Marxism.” I have a feeling Newsmax wouldn’t return the favor if the shoe were on the other foot, but perhaps that’s what makes us different than them. Here’s their statement – oh, and as TPM points out, according to Newsmax’s own site, he sounds like a tad more than “some blogger”:

Statement from Newsmax Regarding Blogger

In a blog posting to Newsmax John Perry wrote about a coup scenario involving the U.S. military. He clearly stated that he was not advocating such a scenario but simply describing one.

After several reader complaints, Newsmax wanted to insure that this article was not misinterpreted. It was removed after a short period after being posted.

Newsmax strongly believes in the principles of Constitutional government and would never advocate or insinuate any suggestion of an activity that would undermine our democracy or democratic institutions.

Mr. Perry served as a political appointee in the Carter administration in HUD and FEMA. He has no official relationship with Newsmax other than as an unpaid blogger.

Right, so he was a Democrat, 30 years ago (sure, that’s why Newsmax, an arch-conservative Web site, published him) – and he wasn’t advocating a coup. Really. Read the piece for yourself, Media Matters has a copy, and decide for yourself. Be interesting to hear what the RNC, which regularly sponsors Newsmax, has to say about this.

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