Recall how the national media swarmed to Anchorage after John McCain tapped Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. Â They were looking into every nook and cranny of the Last Frontier to find anything this good woman had done in her sixteen years on the public stage–and even before.
They’ve made an issue of her lunch receipts and lost their own lunches when they found out that just after her first mayoral election in 1996, she inquired about removing books for the local public library. Â Of course, they neglect to point out that she never banned a single book, even after the librarian who responded unfavorably to her inquiry stepped down.
So, why isn’t the national media showing as much interest in Barack Obama’s past? Â They’re silent when an Obama fundraiser appears in court on charges of fraud. Â And they don’t seem interested in his long-time association with an unrepentant terrorist.
Now, the Illinois attorney general is investigating whether an $100,000 earmark “then-state Sen. Barack Obama awarded in 2001 to a group headed by a onetime campaign voluntteer” was used improperly:
state records obtained by the [Chicago] Sun-Times show $65,000 of the grant money went to the wife of Kenny B. Smith, the Obama 2000 congressional campaign volunteer who heads the Chicago Better Housing Association, which was in charge of the project for the blighted South Side neighborhood.
Now, there is no evidence right now that Obama, the politician responsible for the earmark, was responsible for his supporter’s spouse pocketing the money. But, there’s more to this story relevant to what kind of leader Obama is than the story of the Republican vice presidential nominee’s husband’s 22-year-old drunk driving conviction. And the national media took an interest in that.
A google news search of “investigation Obama botanical garden” (without quotation marks) yielded only 3 hits, one to the Chicogo Sun-Times article quoted above, the other to a post on the blog Hot Air and the third to a UPI piece. Â (“Todd Palin drunk driving” yields 751.)
No other national media picked up on this. They sure did spill a lot of ink (and waste a lot of pixels) on Sarah Palin’s earmark history. Why not Barack’s?