Earlier today, we posted a clip from D.A. Pennebaker's The War Room — which has been subsequently pulled from YouTube — that supposedly showed Clinton aide Mickey Kantor using the phrase "white n****r" to describe the good people of Indiana.
Anyway, and not surprisingly, it looks like the whole made-up scandal is a made-up scandal…
"I've never used that word in my entire life, ever, under any circumstance, ever," an angry Kantor told The Huffington Post, citing his and his parent's work fighting for civil rights. "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."
Indeed, a review of the original copy of the 1993 film The War Room, from which the excerpt was taken (around the 4:40 mark) is virtually inaudible. The sound suggests, if anything, that instead of saying "How would you like to be a worthless white n****r?" Kantor says, "How would you like to be in the White House right now?"
And the original filmmaker himself weighed in…
He said the initial expletive referred to the anticipated reaction in the Bush White House to the fact that Ross Perot's polling numbers were holding strong.
"What he says is he's surprised Perot's numbers are holding," said Pennebaker in a brief phone interview. "He says they must be shitting in the White House."
The second expletive, he said, appeared to have been entirely fabricated, with new audio dubbed onto the original movie.
I listened to the audio from the original film really hard, with my headphones pressed against my ears, and I couldn't make out anything that even remotely sounded like the supposed expletive. Instead, it sounded more like he was saying, "I like to eat the concrete meatball."
And if he was saying that, that's fucked up!
The full clip with original audio is after the jump. Skip to the 4:40 mark to hear the unhearable.
Tags: Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Ross Perot