As Grande Conservative Blogress Diva Pamela Geller reports today:
the tittering hyenas on the left are howling at the moon over the satire that was taken for the real thing by Denis Keohane over at The American Thinker and Michael Ledeen at PJM, where he reported on President Obama’s Columbia alleged college thesis
You see, one conservative talk show host (who should have known better given how quickly lefties were to make much hay out of statements falsely attributed to him) and a handful of conservative bloggers were taken in by the first ten pages of the president’s purported undergraduate thesis. The thing is, unlike the lefties taken in by the comments making Rush Limbaugh (the aforementioned talk show host), these conservaives were quite to retract their commentary and apologize for their rush to judgment.
They should have known better and were quickly to admit it, with Michael Ledeen saying that he “should have picked up some hint [of the satirical nature of the post] but I didn’t. Shame on me.” Hardly a grudging apology like that one left-wing broadcaster offered Rush. (And fewer than four months after she first reported the inaccurate statement.)
Pamela gets at something which primarily conservative bloggers (and media critics) have addressed. The reason some conservatives were taken in, is that Obama’s campaign promises of transparency notwithstanding, he has not been forthcoming with records related to his own past, in stark contrast to most national politicians:
We’ll never know what is in Obama’s thesis, because Obama will not release it — nor will he release any of his school papers, transcripts, crossword puzzles …nothing. What other politician ever got away with that? Obama had Jack Ryan’s divorce child custody records papers unsealed (the Chicago way), which led to Ryan’s resignation and Obama’s first election win — minutes before he decided to run for President.
Everything from Ryan unsealed but nothing, none of Obama’s paperwork.
By contrast, those claiming Limbaugh made the racist statements had ready access to the talk show hosts voluminous public statements. Obama keeps his thesis, like his college records, like his long-form birth certificate under lock and key.
Those conservatives who ran with the story about the first ten pages of Obama’s thesis were wrong to do so. And the most prominent among them admitted as much. But, you’ve got to wonder why so many refuse to cover the other side of the story–the failure of the President to be open about his past.
The media made much about his predecessor’s alleged cocaine use, but are indifferent to the words he actually wrote in a college thesis. Guess your thesis is only relevant if you’re a Republican. Given the Washington Post‘s grandstanding on this issue in the Virginia gubernatorial race, you gotta wonder why they don’t demand the president release his.