Robert Knight

Is Barack Obama above criticism in the eyes of the liberal media?  The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank seems to think so.

Milbank is one of the more readable wordsmiths, largely because he’s not quite as predictable as other ink-stained wretches working for liberal-leaning news outlets. 

But he lapsed into kneejerk liberal attack mode on May 23 when his candidate, Barack Obama, came under scrutiny from conservatives investigating Obama’s connections with people from the hard Left.

The best way to protect your candidate from accusations that could hurt his candidacy is to ridicule the messenger and thereby intimidate others from even thinking of going there.

That’s what Milbank did in “Obama as You’ve Never Known Him!”

The Page A-3 column is a non-stop ridicule of a press conference on May 22 in Washington, in which a news analyst and a researcher unearthed a history of radical and far-left elements among people who may have influenced the character and worldview of a Barack Obama, beginning in his high-school days.

The news analyst was Cliff Kincaid, president of America’s Survival, Inc., editor of the Accuracy in Media Report, and a longtime critic of the Post and other liberal media. The researcher was Herbert Romerstein, one of the nation’s leading experts on communism and the co-author of The Venona Secrets: Exposing Soviet Espionage and America’s Traitors.  

Kincaid provided the attendees, including Milbank, with two substantial reports, the 44-page “Communism in Hawaii and the Obama Connection,” and the 36-page “Communism in Chicago and the Obama Connection.” But Milbank wasn’t really interested in the reports, which are heavily footnoted and documented and include several exhibits from congressional hearings into communist activities.  

Instead, Milbank cast the gathering as a wild group of conspiracy theorists throwing out absurd, unsubstantiated charges.

Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.