AP provides us with a preview of how all Obama criticism will be characterized under an Obama adminstration

Posted by: ST on October 5, 2008 at 1:36 pm

Gov. Palin’s linkage of Barack Obama to unrepentant domestic terrorist Bill Ayers? Racist. Here is, in part, what AP editor Douglass Daniel wrote:

Palin’s words avoid repulsing voters with overt racism. But is there another subtext for creating the false image of a black presidential nominee “palling around” with terrorists while assuring a predominantly white audience that he doesn’t see their America?

In a post-Sept. 11 America, terrorists are envisioned as dark-skinned radical Muslims, not the homegrown anarchists of Ayers’ day 40 years ago. With Obama a relative unknown when he began his campaign, the Internet hummed with false e-mails about ties to radical Islam of a foreign-born candidate.

Whether intended or not by the McCain campaign, portraying Obama as “not like us” is another potential appeal to racism. It suggests that the Hawaiian-born Christian is, at heart, un-American.

Most troubling, however, is how allowing racism to creep into the discussion serves McCain’s purpose so well. As the fallout from Wright’s sermons showed earlier this year, forcing Obama to abandon issues to talk about race leads to unresolved arguments about America’s promise to treat all people equally.

John McCain occasionally looks back on decisions with regret. He has apologized for opposing a holiday to honor Martin Luther King Jr. He has apologized for refusing to call for the removal of a Confederate flag from South Carolina’s Capitol.

When the 2008 campaign is over McCain might regret appeals such as Palin’s perhaps more so if he wins.

Kim Priestap responds:

She called him a radical and a socialist who doesn’t agree with our view of American exceptionalism, but of course they don’t hear that in her comments. Because she dares to question his judgment in who he chooses to associate with, the Associated (with Obama) Press to goes out of its way to paint her and anyone else who does the same as a racist. Yes, 2008 is the year journalism died.

I think it’s been dead. But the campaign of Barack Obama for president has seen enough nails put in the “media objectivity” coffin to actually make the age of impartial journalism at most news outlets officially dead – and buried.

Update: Jeff Goldstein unloads.

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27 Responses to “AP provides us with a preview of how all Obama criticism will be characterized under an Obama adminstration”


  1. Moved from another thread. –ST

    Well, you knew the MSM zombies would blow a fuse as soon as Governor Palin dared to mention the Obama-Ayers connection. But it’ll be tough to outdo this bit of idiocy:

    Analysis: Palin’s words carry racial tinge

    Yep. Stating the obvious – that Obama has long-standing ties to a WHITE terrorist – is now, according to the AP, racist.

    By claiming that Democrat Barack Obama is “palling around with terrorists” and doesn’t see the U.S. like other Americans, vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin targeted key goals for a faltering campaign.
    And though she may have scored a political hit each time, her attack was unsubstantiated and carried a racially tinged subtext that John McCain himself may come to regret.

    The convoluted reasoning being that if Obama hangs out with Ayers, he sees America somewhat differently from you and me (true enough), and if you happen to be white (like me), that’s an open appeal to racism. It never occurs to this Obama flack disguised as an AP writer that black Americans might also have reservations about blowing up government buildings to express unhappiness.

    Get used to it, folks…if Obama’s elected, we are in for four years where any hint that you might disagree with him is evidence of racism. For the past 8 years, we’ve been told that dissent is patriotic and how important it is to speak truth to power. That will change in a microsecond if Obama wins. Dissent will not be permitted. Anyone who dares to speak truth to power will be reviled as a racist.

    Comment by Great White Rat @ 10/5/2008 – 1:31 pm

  2. T-Steel says:

    Chalk it up as “The First Black Dude Syndrome”. 8-|

    As a black guy myself, I’m so tired of “quick draw” racism cries. I’ve been on the business end of REAL racism in high school and if criticizing Obama makes you a racist, I wish I could have had some of that during my unfortunate incident.

  3. The problem is that not enough people read news articles with a critical eye, or maybe it’s that they can’t see the forest of media bias because they don’t step outside it: all they read are the major papers or watch local news.

    Whatever, it’s frustrating as heck. The MSM has openly abandoned their role as presenters of fact and now operate as the propaganda arm of the Obama campaign.

    For the first time, I’m feeling genuinely depressed about this campaign. :((

  4. Lorica says:

    In a post-Sept. 11 America, terrorists are envisioned as dark-skinned radical Muslims, not the homegrown anarchists of Ayers’ day 40 years ago.

    So all he is admitting to here is his own personal racism. Since he cannot in no way know what every American thinks he must be using his own insights to his own soul, and he has come to the conclusion that he is a racist, so if he is a racist, everyone must be a racist. I tell ya is it me or have the adults left the children in charge of the drive by media.

    It suggests that the Hawaiian-born Christian is,

    Excuse me, but Barry himself has said he is a Muslim. I don’t care that it was a slip of the tongue, he said it and obviously it was a Freudian slip, you are what you are trying to hide. Also I now believe that he is a closet Muslim, especially since Kadaffy said that Barry came to his country 25 years ago to help inspire the Libian people against the dictator Reagan.

    I think it’s been dead. But the campaign of Barack Obama for president has seen enough nails put in the “media objectivity” coffin to actually make the age of impartial journalism at most news outlets officially dead – and buried.

    Amen Sister!!! Media objectivity was the 1st casualty of this war, and for the most part, they could really care less. – Lorica

  5. TomStPaul says:

    OK, I agree that “racism” has little to do with her comments. However, Palin said “Our opponent … is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect, imperfect enough, that he’s palling around with terrorists who would target their own country.” Putting all partisan politics aside, if that is possible, do you really think Obama supports any kind of terrorism because he doesn’t think America is perfect enough? Give me a break. Anyone who really believes that is wearing a tinfoil hat and living in the woods somewhere.

  6. Lorica says:

    She is not saying that Tom. But apparently some of his friends believed that America was just that imperfect. I think that is what she is trying to say. Why is Obama drawn to these types of people at all?? Because their of their ideas?? Well they invalidate their ideas with the violence that they exhibited. These people should be shunned, not honored. – Lorica

  7. TomStPaul says:

    Lorica, Obama has no significant ties to Ayers. No more so than McCain does to G. Gordon Liddy whom McCain calls “an old friend”. Will you apply the same standard to McCain?

  8. “do you really think Obama supports any kind of terrorism because he doesn’t think America is perfect enough?”

    You’re missing the point. We know Obama doesn’t support terrorism. The problem is that he didn’t see Ayers views or history as objectionable enough to disassociate himself from him. Likewise, he stayed at Trinity United for 20 years, knowing full well who Jeremiah Wright was and what he believed.

    It’s kind of like if someone was friends with a member of the KKK, but wouldn’t join himself.

  9. marybel says:

    Ayers and his co-unrepentant terrorist wife held Obama’s first political coming out party. But prior to that, Ayers made the untested, inexperienced Obama head of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, wherein Obama served to allocate a huge pile of money to Ayers Chigaco cronies rather than help schools. Ayers, whose father is a true Chicago political fixer, helped bring Obama under that wing and into that corrupt system, where Obama flourished and went steadily up. G. Gordon Liddy may be a friend of McCain, but Liddy was never integral to JMac’s political success…and Liddy was not a bomb building anti- american, let’s socialistically indoctrinate-the-little-kidlets-early, 60’s radical revolutionary. TomStPaul, there is no comparison, and forcing one in this way is just making you seem ignorant. Obama is a Chicago thug with Chicago thug terrorist buddies…

  10. Great White Rat says:


    Obama’s endorsed Ayers educational philosophies – which preach that the US is an oppressor nation – and as head of the CAC diverted millions of dollars to Ayers-sponsored radical organizations. That was money that was supposed to go to education, not rabble-rousing.

    Add to that the fact that Obama chose to launch his political career at the home of this unrepentant terrorist, and I think you can make a good case that they’re “pals”. It’s significant that whenever the topic comes up, Obama sidesteps the terrorism by noting how he was only a child when it happened – as if that means he doesn’t have to condemn it.

    Let me ask you – if you knew someone was a terrorist and proud of it, would you be taking his direction on where to channel educational funds? Or would you shun him?

  11. Obama has no significant ties to Ayers.

    You’re joking, right? Obama and Ayers served together on the boards of both the Woods Hole and CAC foundations. Obama helped direct millions of dollars to radical Left educational causes that Ayers supported. That association continued after Ayers made his infamous comment to the NYT that he regretted no having planted enough bombs. Obama cited Ayers’ radical Left book on juvenile justice without any criticism. How can you say there are no significant ties between the two? :-w

  12. Howard says:

    The media’s continual bias in favor of Obama is not only disgusing, it’s against everything that America, a Free Press, and Freedom of Speech stands for. To suggest that there is no media bias in favor of Obama not only robs Americans of the truth, it insults the intelligence of the American people.
    A candidate’s track record, and associations are always a legitimate issue when running for President. Let’s take a look at the qualifications, judgement, and experience of Obama, who is running for President. Obama had 25 years to fulfill the potential he displayed as a rising start at Harvard Law School … and, how did he live up to that potential? … He chose to align himself with anti-American racist, Jeremiah Wright for TWENTY YEARS … along with Ferrahkan, Rezko, Ayers, and others. As a community organizer, he registered thousands of voters in Chicago … then, when he ran for the state legislature, he took away their votes, by disqualifying his opponent (a black woman) on a technicality. As a U.S. Senator, he voted present 160 times … he never called a meeting on the Afghanistan committee he chaired (although he NOW says we must shift all our military from Iraq to Afghanistan). He claimed Foreign Policy experience from a 9 day whirlwind photo op to 6 countries. And, he spent almost half of his tenure neglecting his responsibilities as a U.S. Senator, so he could run for President. Senator McCain served America honorably for 22 years in the military. He proved his love for America, as well as his honor, integrity and character, by refusing early release as a P.O.W., even while being tortured. He served America as a ‘contributing’ U.S. Senator, working across the aisle, for 20 years. If Obama’s Twentyfive year track record shows he lacks judgement, and can’t be trusted, who cares what he says about Health Care and the Economy! What Obama never learned is Character. He simply can’t be trusted … ask Jeremiah Wright, a friend of 20 years, who Obama betrayed for personal ambition … and, you Obama supporters really think he won’t betray you If he gets elected??? If he gets elected, you Obama supporters will be facing a HUGE disillusionment !!!

  13. DaMav says:

    A very unfortunate aspect of this tactical use of “racism” by the left is that it degrades the word and renders it almost meaningless. It’s a like the little boy who cried wolf. When racial prejudice and animosity bares it’s ugly fangs, what then do we call it? And are we not in danger of it being dismissed because we have so often seen it used as a synonym for “opposes liberal orthodoxy”?

  14. Lorica says:

    Actually TomStPaul, I think there are closer ties to Ayers than you imagine. But it isn’t about Ayers’ terrorism, it is about Ayers’ terrorist ideals. You foolishly try to bring up G. Gordon Liddy, and my fellows here, rightfully brought down that comparison. Just because they both happened long before the relationship formed is a dumb dumb answer to the lingering questions about Ayers.

    I fear for this country if Barry becomes our president. He has spent why to much time outside of this country in the care of people that are untrustworthy for me not to be concerned. I don’t trust him. He has a spirit of deception about him, he is constantly being propped up by the news media, and I really don’t trust those idiots. He plays to whatever crowd he is talking to at that given moment. Saying one thing in PA and another in CA. Foolishly he runs to racism whenever he is questioned, and his allies in the media enables this wrongful accusation. Well that ain’t cuttin’ it anymore Tom. Someone needs to start asking the hard questions about Barry’s life prior to 2004. If I were a Dem, I wouldn’t vote for him due to these lingering questions. It is your choice, but Obama has never given anyone a reason to trust him, or believe what he says. – Lorica

  15. TomStPaul says:

    It’s amazing how much panic one honest man can spread against a multitude of hypocrites… Where have I read that before?:-? Fact is Liddy (and Keating) were convicted felons. McCain “palled” around with them. I agree with you that Obama showed poor judgement associating with Ayers. I would think you would similarily question McCain’s past associations. You appear not to so I can only assume hypocrisy on your part. Dumb dumb, indeed. You ignorantly claim McCain’s Liddy association is somehow different. He’s a felon! In 1994, Liddy gave this advice to listeners after the tragedy in Waco, Texas: “Now if the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms comes to disarm you and they are bearing arms, resist them with arms. Go for a head shot; they’re going to be wearing bulletproof vests … Kill the sons of bitches.” Liddy, like Ayers, was openly promoting armed resistance against the U.S. government. Still, McCain calls Liddy an “old friend.” Hmm :-w

  16. Tom, I find your lame attempt a moral relativism nauseating. I guess that’s the best you can come up with when you can’t defend your candidate against the accusation that he’s surrounded himself with radicals almost the entire time he was making a name for himself in Chi-town? :-?

  17. NC Cop says:

    I wasn’t aware that Liddy assisted in setting off bombs, and stomped on the American flag.

    Personally, I have no use for Liddy. Being in law enforcement myself, I found Liddy’s comments disgusting. Trying to compare Liddy to Ayers, however, is absolutely ridiculous. Saying stupid things and planting bombs are 2 totally different things. Get real, Tom.

  18. BeachBabe NC says:

    What year is this.. why are they bringing up something that happened in 1989-1991. The “Keating Five”. LETS talk about things that have happened in the 21st century shall we? How bout Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, what about all the corruption there? How about Acorn, no one is talking about that one. Is the “Keating Five” related to terrorists? Isnt the terrorists a big threast to the US? So dont give me crap about Ayers. Lets talk about some of Obamas quotes from his books. They are on YouTube. Quite eye opening. Im voting McCain the SAME baby.. It is much better then Obama bin Biden….

  19. TomStPaul says:

    I’m not defending Obama, just wondering how it is that the same logic cannot be applied to McCain and his past associations. Still don’t have an answer and it smacks of hipocrisy, that’s all.

  20. Great White Rat says:

    Fact is Liddy (and Keating) were convicted felons. McCain “palled” around with them.

    Tom, on Keating, that’s a baldfaced lie and you know it. Fact is, McCain was cleared by the ethics investigation. No less a person that Bob Bennett (a Democrat, by the way), says as much. The only reason McCain was given even a mild reprimand was that the Democrats who controlled the Senate wanted to drag at least one Republican into the mix so they could claim GOP involvement where none existed.

    Now, as for Liddy, when you can show me McCain going out of his way to get his support when starting his political career, and when you can show me McCain steering millions of dollars to radical subversive groups at Liddy’s behest, then get back to us. Until then, you have nothing.

    By the way, this doesn’t even take into account Obama’s willing acceptance of support and money from other terrorist groups – Hamas, for example. If you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas. And Obama’s been lying down with an entire kennel.

    And as for “honest” – LOL!! Honesty is NOT a plus when you’re trying to get ahead in the world of Chicago Democrat politics.

  21. Lorica says:

    I’m not defending Obama, just wondering how it is that the same logic cannot be applied to McCain and his past associations. Still don’t have an answer and it smacks of hipocrisy, that’s all.

    Honestly Tom, I only have your word on what Mac calls Liddy, and your word means nothing to me, to be frank. You have shown a propensity to stretch the truth in the favor of your argument so why would I honestly believe you. As far as Liddy’s comment, Clinton’s illegal paramilitary actions against the citizen’s of this country should have been discussed openly and in the manner I am describing. But until Liddy starts blowing up buildings, it is not even close to being the same, and as an intelligent person, you cannot make the comparison and expect reasonable people to stand in agreement with you.

    Again with Keating, you should really stop bringing it up. As I quoted above, the Senate Ethics committee, let me repeat that abit slower, the Senate Ethics Committee, said Mac did nothing wrong. On this one Tom, the horse died underneath you, why keep beating it??? If Mac did do something wrong, then perhaps he would have shared a cell with one of those Dems, but he didn’t. – Lorica

  22. Lorica says:

    And you know Tom, let’s talk about his relationship with Rezko…and ACORN…. and Rev. Wright…. and Farrakhan…. and …… See a pattern here Tom??? Barry has sought out the advice of people who are either criminal or extremists or both. Why would any intelligent person continue to defend him, or think about voting for him. – Lorica

  23. TomStPaul says:

    GWR – what is a lie? I said Keating is a convicted felon. This is fact. Look it up. McCain was clear of legal wrongdoing and reprimanded for poor judgement. My point however was that he associated with a convicted felon. Is this difficult to understand? It seems that you don’t feel you should apply the same standards to McCain.

    Liddy spent more than 4 years in prison for his role in the 1972 Watergate burglary… Far from repudiating him, McCain has embraced him… In 1998, Liddy’s home was the site of a McCain fundraiser. Over the years, he has made at least four contributions totaling $5,000 to the senator’s campaigns including $1,000 this year… Last November, McCain went on his radio show. Liddy greeted him as “an old friend,” and McCain sounded like one. “I’m proud of you, I’m proud of your family,” he gushed. “It’s always a pleasure for me to come on your program, Gordon, and congratulations on your continued success and adherence to the principles and philosophies that keep our nation great.”.. Which principles would those be? The ones that told Liddy it was fine to break into the office of the Democratic National Committee to plant bugs and photograph documents? The ones that made him propose to kidnap anti-war activists so they couldn’t disrupt the 1972 Republican National Convention? The ones that inspired him to plan the murder (never carried out) of an unfriendly newspaper columnist? http://tinyurl.com/5obv9x

    Pot meet kettle.

  24. NC Cop says:

    Once again, Tom, comparing Liddy to Ayers is ridiculously naive and childish. I seriously doubt you could find a single politician in this country who hasn’t had some sort of dealings with convicted criminals, after all it is politics.

    Ayers HATES this country. Do you understand that? Liddy has done low things and I don’t care for him, but he doesn’t HATE this country. Obama has a history of being around people who HATE this country, yet we are supposed to believe that this means nothing?

    Personally I believe Obama does have a grudge against this country. I do not know how this grudge will manifest itself if he were to win the election, but I do know that it will not be something that is good for America.

  25. Great White Rat says:

    Your pitiful attempts at moral equivalence are snort-worthy, Tom. Did you get that nonsense from the Alinsky manuals, by any chance?

    There’s a world of difference between a burglar and a terrorist. Especially when the terrorist (a) openly admits his involvement in bombings aimed at killing or maiming innocents, and (b) is to this very day proud of it and wishes he had planted more bombs and killed more people. I’m not arguing that Liddy is clean. You’re arguing that all felons – burglars, serial murderers, terrorists, auto thieves – are equal. Check the legal penalties for some of these crimes – they are not all equal. Which, if you’re capable of doing anything other than mumbling Obama chants, should tell you something.

    Again, as for Keating, once McCain knew of Keating’s activities, did he seek a friendship with him? No. Obama, despite knowing Ayers repugnant acts and open hate for America, did.

    Take off the blinders….as Lorica and NC Cop have also pointed out, it is a pattern for Obama to seek out and associate with disreputable people. It’s not just Ayers or the long list Lorica supplied. It’s the fact that he’s the preferred candidate of Hamas. And Hezbollah. And Kim Jong Il. And the Castros. And Hugo Chavez. And he even has the endorsement of the US Communist party. And he has turned away…none of these.

    Maybe you want to tell us why you find those associations acceptable. But probably not. I’ve found that pointing them out here is one way to make the leftists suddenly clam up, and that’s because you really do know your candidate’s baggage is indefensible. The sad part is that you leftists are so intellectually bankrupt you cling to him anyway.

  26. Lorica says:

    Interesting how being cordial on someone’s radio show is equal to “have’n ’em over to meet the wife and kids” in Tom’s eyes. =)) I am sorry but this thread has gotten to the point of ridiculousness since the 2 are no where near the same. Tom you would have a point if and only if Liddy had actually killed someone, and if Liddy actually had a close relationship, you know, the “Come on over to the BBQ” kinda relationship that Barry has with Ayers.

    The extent that you will go to qualify this man and his friends is outrageous Tom. Are you that blind that you attempt to equate an actual terrorist whose whole ideology is to bring down this great nation, to a man who was convicted of breaking and entering. Yippie!!! Put some serious thought to this, not just the, “I can prove these Obama haters wrong” kind of thought. We don’t hate Obama, what we hate is what he stands for, which is just not going to be good for America if he gets elected. – Lorica