The McClatchy Company’s liberal/leftist Raleigh News & Observer is the newspaper which first told the public about “the victim” who’d endured a night of “sexual violence” at the Duke lacrosse party. It also promulgated what it knew was a lie: that the lacrosse players refused to cooperate with police.
The N&O “reported” all that before the now disbarred Mike Nifong began speaking publicly about the case.
That was March 2006. What’s the N&O doing now?
All it can on the news and editorial pages to help make Sen. Barack Obama our next president.
So it’s no surprise editorial page editor Steve Ford devoted his column today to misleading readers about Obama’s relationship with unrepentant terrorist Will Ayers; or that Ford grossly misrepresented what the McCain camp is saying about the Obama-Ayers relationship and why it should concern Americans.
Still, allowing that Ford is in the tank for Obama, I was surprised he strayed as far from the truth as he did in his closing paragraph:
“The McCain camp asks with a sinister twist, who's the real Barack Obama? It's a loaded question meant to impugn his mixed heritage, his rapid and unusual rise and his emergence from a cutthroat, big-city political environment. But surely the answer is not to be found in his relationship, such as it was, with the once criminally deluded and perhaps still wackily idealistic Bill Ayers.”Ayers tries to bomb the Capital and Pentagon; he encourages and helps train others to bomb government buildings and kill our military and public safety officers; he praises those who do; he boasts he got away with it all (“guilty as hell, free as a bird”); he says at the time of Sept. 11 he didn’t do enough terrorism; and he’s never repented any of it.
At the N&O, all that makes him “idealistic,” albeit “wackily” so.
The N&O and Steve Ford have come a long way from the days when Duke lacrosse players cited for underage drinking or peeing on the side of a building had, the N&O said, “criminal backgrounds” and their names and citations published on its March 28, 2006 front page.
Ford’s entire column’s here.