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Robert Gibbs Slams Forbes Magazine For Dinesh D'Souza Article on Obama

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Robert Gibbs isn't done venting over the Forbes cover story that accuses President Barack Obama of adopting "the cause of anti-colonialism" from his Kenyan father.

Earlier this week the White House spokesman slammed Newt Gingrich's embrace of the controversial Dinesh D'Souza piece, saying the former House speaker was "trying to appeal to the fringe."

Now Gibbs is going after Forbes, the magazine, as a whole.

"It's a stunning thing, to see a publication you would see in a dentist's office, so lacking in truth and fact," Gibbs said in an interview with The Washington Post. "I think it represents a new low."

In the article, D'Souza, a conservative pundit, says that in his policies Obama is essentially channeling the soul of his late Kenyan-born father, an African "tribesman of the 1950s."

"This philandering, inebriated African socialist, who raged against the world for denying him the realization of his anti-colonial ambitions, is now setting the nation's agenda through the reincarnation of his dreams in his son," D'Souza writes of Obama's father, Barack Obama Sr., who abandoned the family when the younger was 2.

Forbes's Washington bureau chief, Brian Wingfield, was scheduled to meet with Gibbs to discuss White House objections. The magazine has said it stands by its story.

Gibbs (pictured) tells Howard Kurtz the attack in the prominent business magazine comes at a time when there is "no limit to innuendo" against Obama, including unfounded accusations that he is a Muslim and was not born in the United States. The publication "left the facts on the cutting-room floor," Gibbs says.

"Did they not fact-check this at all, or did they fact-check it and just willfully ignore it?" he wonders.

D'Souza acknowledged to Kurtz that his article contains one factual error. He claims Obama "is a man who 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." The Post points out that Obama visited Pakistan once, as a college student, when he was older than 17.

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