"Worthless White Ni**ers"?

Yesterday, I hadn't seen the last part of this clip (see the first version here) and the latest viral video is different and longer.

Kantor is now saying that what you hear on the tape is untrue, and it's been doctored:

"I have listened to [the video] and so have you. You can't tell what it is I'm saying in that second sentence, you can't decipher that."

Yes, he's a lawyer. So the residents of Indiana are just "shit", "worthless", and "white" but not "ni**ers." But as long as he didn't sympathetically call them "bitter," right? Kantor says he was referring to the Bush administration. The film's director says the clip has been doctored, but he doesn't exactly show how. Has the audio been altered? Or have the subtitles been faked? Or is it just that the remark - as muffled as it is - simply didn't register on first viewing - and only has salience now that the Clintons are trying to win Indiana? Stay tuned. Then this:

"If you look at The War Room, this is not the way Carville or George interpreted my statement. This is frankly libelous."

Or maybe they are just used to that kind of language. Someone should ask Stephanopoulos whether he recalls that remark. I should add that this flap is still murky. Kantor seems to refer to the White House in the first clip but not in the second. The best thing would be for Pennebaker to put out what he actually directed and provide sub-titles that counter the viral video's. If Kantor has been unfairly slimed, that should clear it up.

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