African Press International
Michelle Obama Audio Tapes
The [Almost] Final Chapter

Michelle Obama

Fox News Denies Negotiations or Airing of API Tapes
DBKP can now release some Off-the-Record Info from the last sixteen days concerning the API story

The final verdict is in on the African Press International story about it receiving a phone call from Michelle Obama that was, in API’s words, “shocking”.

That verdict does not bode well for African Press International. We will classify the whole episode “bizarre–though entertaining to some”.


ALSO at DBKP on African Press International and Michelle Obama:

* African Press International, Michelle Obama: API Says Discussions with Fox News Are Happening
* African Press International, Michelle Obama Phone Call: Tapes Released Later Today
* Michelle Obama Calls African News Organization Over Obama Birth Certificate Reporting – UPDATED
* African Press International, Michelle Obama: Editor Says He Has Audio Tape of Conversation
* African Press International: Open Letter to Michelle Obama from API Chief Editor


The African Press International story started 16 days ago when API posted a story concerning a phone they allege occurred between one of their correspondents and Michelle Obama that had elements which API called “shocking”.

Shocking development: Mrs Obama decides enough is enough: “My husband was born in Hawaii and adopted by his step father, does that make him unpatriotic; she asks”, on a direct telephone to API.

API said that in the phone conversation, Mrs. Obama referred to Americans opposed to her husband’s candidacy as “racists”.

DBKP reported the story. We’ve since received emails, pro and con, about the alleged phone call and the API stories, which have turned into an Internet saga.

API said they recorded the call. Then that the audio of the tape would be released. Then, after delays, we took a powder on the story, deciding to wait and see.

During that entire time, we’ve been in contact with several individuals who have been involved in various aspects of the API negotiations. Their opinions of API changed–sometimes over the course of a single day.

So, we waited.

The following story was posted on the API website today.

API/Fox News deal: Sean Hannity show and Greta Van Susteren’s show “On the Record” to air the Michelle Obama tape in less than 24 hours.

The agreement stipulates that any information on the day and hour the tape will be aired will only be announce 15 minutes to the airing time. This was agreed upon to avoid any pressure being directed to Fox News Network by individuals who would want to get the details about the tape in question.

The airing of the tape can take place any time from this day and due to its sensitivity, people who will inquire from Fox News and API for details will either get a no comment answer or that there is no agreement on the table.

Which invited the following responses, which we noted.

From This is JUST A LIE. IT IS THAT SIMPLE.

READ BELOW: THIS IS SIMPLY A LIE ABOUT ME AND I HAVE NO IDEA IF A LIE ABOUT FOX AND / OR SEAN HANNITY BECAUSE I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THIS STUFF BELOW IS. I HAVE NO IDEA WHO API (AFRICAN PRESS) IS…this is the first I have heard about them….BUT I DO WANT TO “KILL THE VIRUS” LYING ABOUT ME.(Note that I lifted only part of the quote below because I just wanted to correct the lie about me..the website goes on and on.)

Fox News Denies Involvement with Supposed Michelle Obama Audio Tape:

Exclusive: Fox News denies any involvement in the purchase of an audio tape apparently featuring an unflattering portrayal of Michelle Obama. In a widely-circulated Web post, an organization called African Press International claims to be in negotiations with the network to air the tape.

An FNC spokesman tells TVNewser: “API’s dubious claim that FOX News has purchased a supposed audio tape to be aired prior to Election Day is absolutely false.”

Today’s post on the API Website reads:

A final agreement has been reached between African Press International (API) and Fox News Network (USA) on the dates to air the Michelle Obama tape arising from a discussion Mrs. Obama had with the API two weeks ago. The show will take place any day/time from now, with a 15 minutes alert on when it is to take place. Other programmes will be interrupted. This is a precaution taken to avoid interference from any quarter. In the agreement, Fox News Network will broadcast 39 minutes of the 54 minutes long tape.

ABC’s Jake Tapper talked with Obama campaign senior adviser Robert Gibbs last week who told him no such tape exists. “It’s bogus, she didn’t call, it’s all a lie,” Gibbs says.


Off-the-Record now On-the-Record

One of our off-the-record contacts involved in the API negotiations has given DBKP permission to print the following information concerning our correspondence.

Continue reading: African Press International, Michelle Obama Tapes: Fox News Denies Story

by Mondo Frazier
Source: African Press International, Michelle Obama Tapes: Fox News Denies Story

Mondoreb blogs at Death By 1000 Papercuts. Interested readers can e-mail him at
mondoreb@gmail.com. All DBKP stories are filed under Mondoreb at BNN.

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