The video, uploaded to the popular video-sharing site YouTube and spread via blogs and e-mail, showed former Commerce Secretary Mickey Kantor describing Hoosiers using a racial epithet.
The clip was taken from the 1993 documentary “The War Room,” about Bill Clinton's 1992 winning race for the White House. Kantor had been national chairman of that campaign. Kantor immediately denounced the footage as false. “Never in my life have I said such a thing,” he said. “I have never in my life — ever, ever, ever — mentioned the ‘N’ word in any context whatsoever. It’s totally outrageous and false.”
D.A. Pennebaker, who directed “The War Room,” posted a transcript of the scene on his Web site this afternoon. He said one of the clips was doctored, while another, in which Kantor used profanity was just misinterpreted.“The film’s been out for 15 years,” Pennebaker said. “And now people are saying here’s a scene in this film that people have seen 15,000 times.”
It's still not known who posted the YouTube clip, but the Obama campaign and its supporters were very quick to orchestrate an effort to use it to undermine Clinton's campaign push in Indiana through various blog postings and e-mails. “We have no idea” who created it, Kevin Griffis of the Obama campaign said. “We absolutely did not have any role in this. We have no idea where it's from.”