Obama’s campaign first dismissed Ayers as just a casual acquaintance who lived in Barack’s neighborhood. Then, when it became known that Obama knew Ayers at least as early as 1995, a spokesman suggested Obama didn’t realize at the time he was a former terrorist. Next, as Obama’s close work with Ayers disbursing millions of dollars in Annenberg Challenge Grant funds to groups including ACORN was exposed, they said that Obama thought Ayers had been rehabilitated.
The Obama-Ayers relationship ought to be a mother lode for investigative reporters, but the establishment media seem satisfied to dig no deeper than the Obama campaign Web site. Many news organizations have simply quoted or paraphrased campaign spokesmen, or the candidate himself, mouthing the denial. A few examples:
Several reporters have gone even further, repeating the glib line as original reporting:
In February, The Washington Post reported, incorrectly, that “the Obama-Ayers link is a tenuous one.” Jump to October 3. The New York Times, in an article headlined “Obama and ‘60s Bomber: A Look Into Crossed Paths,” reported that “Their paths have crossed sporadically” since Obama met Ayers in 1995, and “…the two men do not appear to have been close.” You’d think nothing had come out in the preceding eight months.
The Buffalo News takes the cake in attempting to downplay Ayers’s significance: “…Weather Underground founder William Ayers, who was a radical when Obama was 8 years old.”
Was a radical???
If the News would bother to visit Professor Ayers’s office, they’d find pictures of three radical left icons hanging on the door: Castro’s pet mass murderer, Che Guevara; cop killer Mumia Abu Jamal; and Black Muslim supremacist Malcolm X. At least they would have found them a week ago, when a Chicago Tribune reporter briefly spoke with Ayers. The politically savvy Ayers might have hidden the evidence by now, just as Obama supporters have scrubbed Web sites to hide Obama’s affiliation with the New Party, a collection of Marxists, socialists and radicals who worked in the 1990s, under the auspices of Democratic Socialists of America, to move the Democratic Party to the left. Obama was a New Party candidate in 1996.
That was when he was 35 years old.
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