Sunday, October 5, 2008

Obama, Bill Ayers: Mainstream Media Explain Away Obama-Ayers Connection

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McCain Campaign Brings Up the Subject
Of Barack Obama's Anti-American Associates
MSM Leaps to Obama's Defense

Bill Ayers and Barack Obama "crossed paths" according to NY Times; AP Helps Out

John McCain's campaign FINALLY is bringing up the many, many questionable associates of Barack Obama. The Obama campaign will respond through paid advertisements and, more importantly, through unpaid political ads masquerading as "news stories" in the Dinosaur Press of the Mainstream Media (MSM).

MIKE ALLEN, Politico, reports Exclusive: Obama to call McCain 'erratic in crisis'
. According to Allen, Obama is launching a pre-emptive strike: he's going to address his questionable Chicago buddies before McCain's campaign commercials "portray him as having sinister connections to controversial Chicagoans."

Obama officials call it political jujitsu – turning the attacks back on the attacker.

McCain officials had said early in the weekend that they plan to begin advertising after Tuesday’s debate that will tie Obama to convicted money launderer Tony Rezko and former Weathermen radical William Ayers.

But Obama isn’t waiting to respond. His campaign is going up Monday on national cable stations with a scathing ad saying: “Three quarters of a million jobs lost this year. Our financial system in turmoil. And John McCain? Erratic in a crisis. Out of touch on the economy. No wonder his campaign wants to change the subject.

“Turn the page on the financial crisis by launching dishonorable, dishonest ‘assaults’ against Barack Obama. Struggling families can't turn the page on this economy, and we can't afford another president who is this out of touch.”

The entire transcript of the Obama ad.

Barack Obama has already begun getting help in defusing the "sleazy, unAmerican associates" angle. The New York Times ran an article Saturday on Obama mentor, Bill Ayers, that was one part "downplay the Ayers connection" and two part Obama unpaid campaign ad.

SCOTT SHANE of the NYT starts the shilling in the headline, Obama and ’60s Bomber: A Look Into Crossed Paths. Got that? Obama and Ayers, they just "crossed paths", that's all.

Twenty-six years later, at a lunchtime meeting about school reform in a Chicago skyscraper, Barack Obama met Mr. Ayers, by then an education professor. Their paths have crossed sporadically since then, at a coffee Mr. Ayers hosted for Mr. Obama’s first run for office, on the schools project and a charitable board, and in casual encounters as Hyde Park neighbors.

The Times article has quotes aplenty from the Obama campaign and Chicago Mayor Daley to back up it's assertions that really, Ayers and Obama hardly know each other--and besides, these days, Ayers is just another nutty professor.

That attitude is widely shared in Chicago, but it is not universal. Steve Chapman, a columnist for The Chicago Tribune, defended Mr. Obama’s relationship with the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., his longtime pastor, whose black liberation theology and “God damn America” sermon became notorious last spring. But he denounced Mr. Obama for associating with Mr. Ayers, whom he said the University of Illinois should never have hired.

“I don’t think there’s a statute of limitations on terrorist bombings,” Mr. Chapman said in an interview, speaking not of the law but of political and moral implications.

“If you’re in public life, you ought to say, ‘I don’t want to be associated with this guy,’ ” Mr. Chapman said. “If John McCain had a long association with a guy who’d bombed abortion clinics, I don’t think people would say, ‘That’s ancient history.’ ”

Sarah Palin began the assault by addressing the subject first broached by Hillary Clinton: Obama's chummy past relationship with domestic terrorist Ayers. Almost immediately, the Obama campaign, through the AP, put out a press release rebuttal disguised as a news story: Palin says Obama 'palling around' with terrorists.

In remarks to GOP donors in Englewood, Colo., on Saturday, Palin said Obama seems to see the U.S. as being so imperfect that, in her words, "he's palling around with terrorists who would target their own country."

Obama's AP spokesperson, JIM KUHNHENN, defended Obama noting that "Obama served on a charity board with Ayers in Chicago and has denounced his past activities."

But DBKP readers know that as far as Obama’s Ties to 1970’s Domestic Terrorist Bill Ayers go, there is Disassociation and Little Condemnation

Kuhnhenn thought it of no import to mention that Obama announced his candidacy from Ayer's home or that Ayers wrote the grant proposal for the program that Obama chaired.

Barack Obama would like people to believe that Bill Ayers is "just one of thousands of people that I know." [Obama, Domestic Terrorist Bill Ayers: The ‘Tangential’ Bill Ayers ]

The MSM doesn't mention Bill Ayers at all for months and suddenly, two separate stories appear--which downplay and defend both Ayers and Obama's association with him--within 24 hours of each other? Just in time to defuse potentially-damaging McCain commercials scheduled for after the next debate this week?

What's the chances?

Doesn't sound like there's any coordination between the Obama campaign and its allies in the press, does there?

The MSM is great for parroting the Obama campaign lines--and horrible when it comes to investigating the Chosen One. Obama is the Standard-bearer for over 90% of the people working in the MSM.

How about one or two tough questions for Obama?

Might not one MSM reporter be interested in Obama's many anti-American associates? Might Obama have been influenced by any of them when he accused the American military of killing civilians last year? From Obama: US Troops in Afghanistan must do more than kill civilians:

Asked whether he would move U.S. troops out of Iraq to better fight terrorism elsewhere, he brought up Afghanistan and said, "We've got to get the job done there and that requires us to have enough troops so that we're not just air-raiding villages and killing civilians, which is causing enormous pressure over there."

No connection between the above Obama statement and Michelle Obama stating that she was never "proud of America" until her husband ran for president? No connection between the above statement and Obama's pastor of twenty years announcing "God Damn America!" from the pulpit? No connection between the statement above and Bill Ayers' announcing that "I realized...America was an evil... and that I was... living inside the belly of the beast...."?

Is Obama the Jack Murtha of the Senate?

There's been much written in Big Media about how "historic" the selection of Barack Obama as the Democrat candidate has been. That would be right, but a quite different reason.

How many presidential candidates have ever had a buddy (Bill Ayers) who was awarded a ring from the North Vietmanese--while we were at war with them--made from down American airplanes?

The McCain-Palin campaign can run thousands of ads about Obama and his associates. But the McCain campaign will never have enough money to counter the never-ending, unceasing ads running in the MSM disguised as news stories.

All of this would be of little interest if Barack Obama were running for a local office in the Chicago area.

But Obama is running to become commander-in-chief of the United States and must swear an oath to defend the Constitution against "enemies, both foreign and domestic".

Funny how a lot of Obama's associates and family think that the enemy is the United States itself--and have publicly said so more than once.

The flacks and hacks that populate the Mainstream Media feel it is their job to explain it away.

All in the guise of objective "news" stories.

by Mondo Frazier
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