Monday, October 06, 2008

"The Gloves Are Off"

"The public will believe anything, so long as it is not founded on truth." ~ Edith Stillwell

I love it when the media plays apologist for Obama. Sean Hannity says 2008 will go down in history as the year when journalism died in America. While I think that's a bit of an overstatement, I don't believe he is far off.

Where is the fair and balanced reporting? How often do we hear both sides of the story? How often do we hear any side of the story besides the one of which Obama approves?

Today, in an article on AOL, which is basically a Liberally biased Associated (De)Press(ed) outlet, AP reporter Charles Babington reports Obama's campaign intends to counter Governor Sarah Palin's latest charges about Obama's association with unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayres by bringing up McCain's association with the old Keating Five scandal.

He writes, "The names being bandied about — Bill Ayers and Charles Keating — are unfamiliar to millions of Americans, and their wrongdoings occurred decades ago. But political operatives dredged them up over the weekend, and they could play a prominent role in the campaign's final month.

Palin, the Alaska governor, defended her earlier comments about Obama and Ayers, in which she said the Democratic nominee is "palling around with terrorists who would target their own country."

Ayers was a founder of the violent Weather Underground group during the Vietnam era. Its members were blamed for several bombings when Obama was a child. Obama has denounced Ayers' radical views and activities.

The two men live in the same Chicago neighborhood and once worked on the same charity board. Ayers hosted a small meet-the-candidate event for Obama in 1995, early in his political career. Obama strategist David Axelrod has said the two men are "friendly."

Wow! Mr. Babington appears to be a master of the understatement.

Oh, that's all? Well, that isn't anything to be concerned about, is it now? They worked on the same charity board. How innocuous!

Ayres bragged, in a New York Times interview(hardly a bastion of Conservatism), that he wasn't sorry they bombed Government buildings, and he didn't think they did enough, and wouldn't discount the possibility of doing it again. He said those things in 2001, long after he had met and become friendly with Barack Hussein Obama.

"The two men live in the same Chicago neighborhood and once worked on the same charity board." Way to minimize their association, Mr. Babington!

"Obama has denounced Ayers' radical views and activities."

Oh really? Would you like to know what Obama said, in denouncing Bill Ayres? Here it is:

"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."

No endorsement?

"Ayers hosted a small meet-the-candidate event for Obama in 1995, early in his political career." That isn't an endorsement? And by the way, Obama didn't say, "I denounce Bill Ayres and his involvement in committing crimes against America." He's just "some guy who lives in my neighborhood."

That isn't a denouncement.

What kind of political candidate would even allow himself any kind of friendly relationship with an unrepentant terrorist?

I have met people who steal and fight and cause mischief etc, and I stay clear of them. I don't make friends with them. I certainly don't go to parties they host in my honor. As if they would. What friends I have are law abiding citizens, not terrorists.

Is Obama that dumb or is he just terribly naive?

As for McCain's involvement of the Keating Five scandal, it hardly compares to Obama's involvement in all his myriad associations and scandals.

Here is what Obama is going to attack McCain about:

From Wikipedia: Lincoln Savings and Loan collapsed in 1989, at a cost of $2 billion to the federal government. Some 23,000 Lincoln bondholders were defrauded and many elderly investors lost their life savings. The substantial political contributions that Keating had made to each of the senators, totalling $1.3 million, attracted considerable public and media attention. After a lengthy investigation, the Senate Ethics Committee determined in 1991 that Alan Cranston(D), Dennis DeConcini(D), and Donald Riegle(D) had substantially and improperly interfered with the FHLBB in its investigation of Lincoln Savings, with Cranston receiving a formal reprimand. Senators John Glenn(D) and John McCain(R) were cleared of having acted improperly but were criticized for having exercised "poor judgment".

So, bottom line: Obama continues to consort with unrepentant domestic terrorists, and McCain was once investigated for his part in supporting a man who was found to be defrauding people, but cleared.

Now. If Obama thinks his misdeeds and associations are equal to, or not as bad as McCain's one questionable lack of judgment decades ago, real, thinking Americans won't buy it.

The problem is, Media and unthinking Liberal Americans will, and because the media control the thoughts and minds of unthinking Americans, McCain has a tough row to hoe.

One final example of Media Bias:

Last night I was watching the local ABC newscast out of Washington or Richmond. (I don't know which) The anchor babe was reporting about the various scandals surrounding the candidates for President and Vice President. She reported on the status of the "so-called Troopergate scandal", saying Palin is being investigated for firing a state official for not firing her brother in law.

She didn't say the official was fired for gross insubordination, which involved the misappropriation of Government funds for a project Palin had previously denied. That is the real reason for the firing.

But does anyone really think the Liberally biased media would tell the truth?


Lone Ranger said...

Ayres isn't the only terrorist who seems to have a man-crush on Obama. Take a look at these guys. I have yet to see any of Obama's associates who are NORMAL.

Trader Rick said...

None of this matters. The current Credit Crunch has all but assured an Osama victory. God Save us All!!!

Gayle said...

I agree with Hannity, Mark. Unbiased reporting - which is what journalism is supposed to be about - does seem to have died.

You're right in saying that real thinking Americans won't buy it, but what concerns me is how many unthinking Americans there are. Nowdays one has to do their research to learn the truth, and how many Americans bother to do that? I believe the percentage of informed Americans is quite low. The fact that many Americans believe the Bush administration to be responsible for the economy crisis is proof enough of that!

Pasadena Closet Conservative said...

Apologist is a great word for it!

Gayle said...

Yep! Hamas endorses Obama! Is there anyone out there who really believes Hamas wants what is good for America??? If they do, they're certifiably nuts!

Good going here, Mark. This campaign really has me bamfoozled. How a person like Obama could get this close to the presidency is beyond me. It's a testimony to the damage the libs have done to our country.

Dan Trabue said...

More on the problems with "Guilt by association" -

"John McCain sat on the board of...the U.S. Council for World Freedom," said Begala, "The Anti-Defamation League, in 1981 when McCain was on the board, said this about this organization. It was affiliated with the World Anti-Communist League - the parent organization - which ADL said 'has increasingly become a gathering place, a forum, a point of contact for extremists, racists and anti-Semites.'"

John McCain has received support from criminals Ollie North (who has endorsed McCain) and G Gordon Liddy (who hosted a fundraiser in his home for McCain and has given lots of money to McCain himself).

McCain advisors who lobbied for Freddie Mac:

Chief of Staff Mark Buse, Charles Black, Carlos Bonilla, Al D’Amato, Juleanna Glover Weiss, Susan Molinari.

McCain advisors who lobbied for Fannie Mae: McCain’s Congressional Liaison John Green, Head of VP Search Team AB Culvahouse, Wayne Berman, Kirk Blalock, Alberto Cardenas, Kirsten Chadwick, Richard Holht, Kate Hull, Aleix Jarvis, Tom Loeffler, Peter Madigan, Allison McSlarrow, Aquiles Suarez.

If McCain wants to start the guilt-by-association game, he's going to have a lot more to lose.

For your part, you'd all have more credibility if you would consistently condemn bad behavior, whether it's from a Obama supporter or from a McCain supporter.

Obama has clearly and strongly denounced Ayers' bad behavior in the past. McCain has done nothing of the sort for his criminal supporters (some - North - with ties to terrorism that resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of lives).

So, of the two candidates, which ones have consistently and strongly condemned terrorist actions - even if they were done by a supporter? Only Obama.

If you all would join Obama in consistently condemning terroristic behavior, you'd have more credibility. As it is, well, you don't.

Trader Rick said...

Col. Oliver North and George Gordon Libby are authentic American Folk heroes, shining beacons in the cesspol that is Washington, who stand out as examples for us all. They sacrificed much in service to their country.

Dan Trabue said...

Yeah, North sacrificed about 30,000 Nicaraguan lives to the altar of your sort of "values."