Monday, October 13, 2008

Obama getting a pass

Only in a media severely stricken with Obamamania (and in a campaign that knows and takes comfort in this) is a candidate's past association with a guy who bombed the Pentagon not an issue.

8 comments:

Art said...

Speaking of passes, I want to know why no one is talking about the efforts McCain made on behalf of the people who attacked the WTC and the Pentagon. His actions went way beyond sitting in a room - he actively helped to arm and train these people.

Has he ever apologized for or in any way whatsoever rationalized his actions?

sporcupine said...

What sort of coverage would you like to see?

Anonymous said...

Those who don't believe in media bias check out the Newsweek cover photo of Palin. That could backfire with women, actually.

Lee said...

> What sort of coverage would you like to see?

The same coverage we would see on John McCain if McCain had launched his political career at a soiree hosted by a former KKK Grand Kleagle.

Lee said...

My thoughts, FWIW...

http://reformedtrombonist.blogspot.com/2008/10/ayers-is-bomb.html

Anonymous said...

Oh dear Lord. What "connection" did he have? Was he helping him set the bombs?

Or did he meet him on a charity board decades later when Ayers was a well regarded professor on education? Ayers also hosted a meet an greet for Obama. That's literally all the story. Obama's denounced his prior activities and done nothing to legitimate them. If you want to say that association is enough to endorse Ayer's actions that long ago, let's apply that standard to everyone else, shall we?

Why isn't there more media attention on Sarah Palin palling around with with hunters (!), with groups backed by freaking Iran?

Or how about McCain? Why isn't the press talking about his own ties to terrorists and drug runners in Nicaragua? When he sat on the board of the racist U.S. Council for World Freedom?

Let's be even-handed here: if Obama "pals around with terrorists", Palin is married to an Iranian backed political subversive, and McCain has his own terrorist ties--to terrorists who killed exponentially more people than Ayers ever did.

Lee said...
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Lee said...

> Or did he meet him on a charity board decades later when Ayers was a well regarded professor on education?

That's sort of the point, I think. If Ayers had not been a bombthrower for trendy leftist causes, but a bombthrower for evil right-wing anti-abortion causes, we wouldn't be able to speak of him as "well regarded," or even as a professor, since no liberal university (and that's all but a handful) would hire him.

> Ayers also hosted a meet an greet for Obama. That's literally all the story.

What if literally all the story were that David Duke had hosted a meet and greet for McCain? Would you be dismissing that as trivial?

> Obama's denounced his prior activities and done nothing to legitimate them.

Nothing, except attend the soiree that Ayers hosted for him, and work with him on some political action committee.

And if McCain had attended a soiree hosted for him by David Duke and worked with him on a political action committee, you might have a better understanding of the underlying objection. Perhaps.

> Why isn't there more media attention on Sarah Palin palling around with with hunters (!), with groups backed by freaking Iran?

Oooooh! Hunters! As for the Iran connection, I would need to know more details (from a reputable source of some sort), and whether or not she knew that. I'm pretty sure that Obama knew beforehand that Ayers was the guy who used to throw bombs in the hippie-dippie days. It's not like Ayers hides it.

> When he sat on the board of the racist U.S. Council for World Freedom?

You might try getting your news sometime from people who aren't reflexively outraged when someone fights communism.

> Let's be even-handed here

Why start now?

> McCain has his own terrorist ties--to terrorists who killed exponentially more people than Ayers ever did.

Is this like the Kevin Bacon game? Go from John McCain to Hitler in three associations?