On August 27, the Obama campaign sent out a series of talking points to supporters, urging them to call in to the Mitt Rosenberg show on Chicago’s WGN network to challenge his guest, National Review investigative journalist Stanley Kurtz. Kurtz has been “probing Obama’s relationships with left-wing ideologues.”
At the time of the show, Kurtz had just been granted access to archives of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Bill Ayers co-founded that education reform group in 1995. Barack Obama chaired it from 1995-99.
A quarter century before co-founding this Challenge, Ayers co-founded another group, the Weather Underground, a left-wing terrorist organization. Age has not mellowed this angry leftist:
he is not apologetic about his terrorist past (and had the bad luck to be quoted as saying, in an interview that ran on Sept 11 2001, that â€œI don’t regret setting bombs. â€¦ I feel we didn’t do enough.â€)
When asked about his associations with this unhappy man at the Pennsylvania Democratic debte on April 16, the then-Democratic frontrunner (and current Democratic nominee)Â brushed off the question:
This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood, who’s a professor of English in Chicago who I know and who I have not received some official endorsement from. He’s not somebody who I exchange ideas from on a regular basis.
I guess the truth of this comment depends on what the definition of is is. Obama may no longer exchange ideas with Bill Ayers on a regular basis, but it’s pretty clear he did so as recently as the late 1990s when they served on the Annenberg Challenge together.
This is not to engage in guilt by association, not to suggest that Obama is responsible for the heinous actions of Ayers and his organization, but to wonder at why the Democratic presidential “mischaracterized” their relationship.
Senator, you’ve got some explaining to do.
UPDATE: Â And the media’s got some questions to ask. Â They’ve collectively shown more interest in allegations about Sarah Palin’s supposedly faked pregnancy than in Obama’s actual associations. Â As Diane West writes:
I say this having mentally stacked the questions the media have already asked Mrs. Palin in two days of intrusive and pointless questions against the glaringly obvious questions the media have never asked Mr. Obama in two years. Mr. Schmidt noted that “the media is asking more questions about Palin’s pregnant daughter” than about Tony Rezko, the Chicago fixer and Obama patron who was recently convicted on corruption charges. But that’s just the first item on a long list of passes the media have given Mr. Obama â€” passes on vital matters of character, judgment and political belief.
These range from the media’s protective hesitation on his long-term relationship with former Weather Underground leader William Ayers, to their near-total absence of interest in his recent campaign choice for Muslim outreach, a young man with affiliations to not one, but four organizations with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.