After Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and Vice President Joe Biden attacked Dinesh D'Souza's article explaining the origins of what he calls Obama's "anti-colonialism," the administration is now shifting its anger to the publisher of the article -- Forbes.
The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz quoted Gibbs as saying: "It's a stunning thing, to see a publication you would see in a dentist's office, so lacking in truth and fact. I think it represents a new low."
According to Kurtz, Gibbs is meeting with Forbes's Washington bureau chief Brian Wingfield this afternoon to discuss his objections. "Did they not fact-check this at all, or did they fact-check it and just willfully ignore it?" Gibbs asks.
Forbes shows no sign of backing down from the story. In a statement released by the magazine, it said, "Dinesh D'Souza's cover story was presented as an analysis of how the president thinks. No facts are in contention. Forbes stands by the story."
D'Souza did admit one error to Kurtz. While he claimed in the article that Obama "spent his formative years--the first 17 years of his life--off the American mainland, in Hawaii, Indonesia and Pakistan, with multiple subsequent journeys to Africa," he realizes now that Obama first visited Pakistan as a college student, when he was older than 17.
Not to be outdone by the White House, Columbia Journalism Review gave its opinion of the article: "[It] is a gross piece of innuendo -- a fact-twisting, error-laden piece of paranoia. This is the worst kind of smear journalism -- a singularly disgusting work."