At Volokh Conspiracy George Mason University School of Law Professor David Bernstein calls out the “anything for Obama” AP for its shamelessly biased reporting of something Gov. Sarah Palin’s did yesterday.
The Governor called attention to what should concern every American who wants our country to thrive: Sen. Barack Obama’s ties over many years to terrorist and liberal media darling Bill Ayers.
Bernstein’s post – “What Passes for Objective Reporting this Election Season” - follows in full, after which I offer a few comments below the star line.
With the first two paragraphs of the AP’s story, Bernstein begins - - -
Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Saturday accused Democrat Barack Obama of "palling around with terrorists" because of his association with a former 1960s radical, stepping up the campaign's effort to portray Obama as unacceptable to American voters.There is nothing blatantly false in this story, but it's about as one-sided a presentation of the controversy as one could imagine;
Palin's reference was to Bill Ayers, one of the founders of the group the Weather Underground. Its members took credit for bombings, including nonfatal explosions at the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol, during the tumultuous Vietnam War era four decades ago. Obama, who was a child when the group was active, served on a charity board with Ayers several years ago and has denounced his radical views and activities.
no mention that the Weather Underground planned a very deadly attack on Fort Dix;
the excuse that the times were "tumultuous;"
the reference to Obama being child, no reference to Obama having his inaugural political event at Ayer's house;
no mention of Ayers lack of contrition for his terrorist activities;
no mention of Ayers' fugitive years;
no mention that Obama only saw fit to denounce Ayers' only when it became an issue in his presidential campaign,
and the intentional downplaying of Ayers' and Obama's relationship to "serving on a charity board" with Ayers, as opposed to "worked closely with Ayers on a major educational reform project in Chicago."
Indeed, I'd say that the last two sentences could have been written by the Obama campaign, and, in fact, that the reporter probably repeated talking points he received from the campaign virtually verbatim.
After finishing the AP’s “anything for Obama” story, I thought to myself:
What if Ayers was anti-abortion and had bombed abortion clinics?
What if Ayers had recruited, encouraged and help train others to murder abortion doctors and bomb abortion clinics?
What if Ayers had never expressed any regret for any of his anti-abortion terrorist actions?
What if, instead, he'd said he regretted not doing more?!
If Ayers had been an anti-abortion terrorist instead of an anti-American terrorist, I doubt Sen. Obama would now be the Democratic nominee.
Think about that in the days to come as you read, see and hear all the excusing, minimizing, and outright distorting “news reports” Obama’s MSM Tank Corps serves up in an effort to help their candidate deal with problems caused by his associations with Ayers and failure to condemn Ayers until it became politically expedient and necessary during the primaries.