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Barack Obama has assured his supporters that Republicans will attack him because he's black.
The AP has found an example of just that - headline: AP: Palin's Ayers Attack "Racially Tinged". Here are the first paragraphs:
WASHINGTON — 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.It's a long article - but to find the hidden racism you'll have to plow through a history of dirty campaign tactics (swiftboating, for example) and speculation that Palin is attempting to turn attention away from the lousy economy to finally reach paragraph 21 - in which we learn that
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.
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?Let me abbreviate why the AP feels Palin's attack is racist: "Anyone who holds a different opinion ('not like us') than Barack Obama on anything is a racist."
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.
See your future?
Update: Here's a screen capture of results from a google search for the headline:
The first two returns are from the Huffington Post and Daily Kos, but the remainder feature the headlines over the story from New York Newsday, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and the Baltimore Sun - and all feature the "racially tinged" headline.
Follow any of those links now, however, and you'll find those headlines have been re-written: "Analysis: Palin, propping up a sagging campaign, uses words that could backfire on McCain".
The bizarre claim that associating Obama with a white terrorist is actually a super-secret racist tactic to associate Obama with darker-skinned terrorists is still intact.
More - As long as we're on the topic, this is 9/11 hijacker Mohammed Atta:
(Actually it's just a picture of him, sorry if anyone was frightened). Do you think it's possible that the leftists will ever abandon their ridiculous insistence that Arabs/Muslims are dark skinned? [Hint: No, because reality doesn't fit their agenda.] I'd put up a picture of the very Caucasian appearing (relative to Barack Obama, at least) Saddam Hussein here too, but I don't want to be accused of associating him with a 9/11 hijacker.
"Postcript: "Policemen's lives were lost"
It occurs to me that some folks might not be familiar with Bill Ayers. Short version: he's the founder of an "ineffective" terrorist group who only wanted to mostly blow up institutions but also killed a few cops but who escaped prosecution because the pigs did an illegal wiretap on him, man:
Mr Ayers, now 63 and a respectable professor of education at the University of Illinois in Chicago, helped to found the Weather Underground in 1969. During the Days of Rage, at the height of the Vietnam War, it launched ineffectual bombing attacks on the Pentagon and Capitol Hill. Most were against institutions rather than people, but policemen's lives were lost.
Mr Ayers went on the run, but all charges against him were dropped in 1974 because of illegal wiretapping by the FBI. His [September, 2001] memoir, Fugitive Days, opens with a quote from the author: "I don't regret setting bombs. I feel we didn't do enough."
The above passage is from a recent article. But back before they chose Barack Obama as the next president the media wasn't afraid to write about Bill Ayers:
He walked out of jail and into his first teaching job, at a daycare center in Ann Arbor. Soon he was the 21-year-old director of the place. It was there he met Diana Oughton, a beautiful and accomplished young woman. They fell in love and attended SDS conventions together. As the war dragged on and U.S. politics became more polarized, some of the war resisters—including Ayers, Oughton, and Dohrn—turned more militant. They started a group called the Weatherman, a name inspired by the Bob Dylan song lyric "You don't need a weatherman / To know which way the wind blows."But he bounced back:
In 1970, a bomb that was apparently being built in a Greenwich Village townhouse, occupied by at least five members of the Weatherman, accidentally exploded—killing three of the group, including Ayers's beloved Diana Oughton. In Fugitive Days, Ayers tries to imagine what happened. Maybe Diana tried to stop the others from their path? Maybe they all drank too much coffee and smoked too many cigarettes?
Maybe Diana saw that this bomb, packed with nails and screws, would have exacted a heavy human toll if it had ever reached its destination—a New Jersey military base. Could she have, in a gesture of sacrifice, crossed the wires herself? "I'll never know what happened," he says. "That's the price I have to pay."
One of the Weatherman leaders was Bernardine Dohrn, a smart, magnetic figure who, in part because of her penchant for miniskirts and knee-high boots, was dubbed "La Pasionaria of the Lunatic Left" by FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. After a bomb exploded accidentally and killed three of their colleagues, Ayers and Dohrn "hooked up," in the parlance of the day, and, since 1982, they have been married. This—violence, death, and white-hot rhetoric—is his past and Ayers insists he has no regrets.Oh, by the way...
Three of his confederates, including his then girlfriend Diana Oughton, were accidentally killed when the explosive they were building to Ayers specifications (Ayers was a bomb designer) went off during construction. As noted in Ayers' Discover the Networks profile, the explosive had been a nail bomb. Back when Ayers was being more honest about his intentions, he admitted that the purpose of that bomb had been to murder United States soldiers:Yeah - you don't pack a bomb with nails because you want to drive nails into an "institution".
That bomb had been intended for detonation at a dance that was to be attended by army soldiers at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Hundreds of lives could have been lost had the plan been successfully executed. Ayers attested that the bomb would have done serious damage, "tearing through windows and walls and, yes, people too."
During the April 16 debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, moderator George Stephanopoulos brought up “a gentleman named William Ayers,” who “was part of the Weather Underground in the 1970s. They bombed the Pentagon, the Capitol, and other buildings. He’s never apologized for that.” Stephanopoulos then asked Obama to explain his relationship with Ayers. Obama’s answer: “The notion that somehow as a consequence of me knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was eight years old, somehow reflects on me and my values, doesn’t make much sense, George.” Obama was indeed only eight in early 1970. I was only nine then, the year Ayers’s Weathermen tried to murder me.And I think this is a good question:
Here is the thing that eats at me. What did Ayers see in him [Obama]? How did such a young man come into Ayers circle and why was he embraced? Dorhn, Ayers, Wright all saw something in Obama that made them want to be with him and promote him? These are not people who like promoting pro-America candidates.But the only answer we'll get is that Ayers is a "respectable" teacher of your children now, and Barack Obama has nothing to do with him. At least, nothing you need to worry about, racist.
What do they know about Obama that we don’t?
Her reference was exaggerated at best if not outright false. No evidence shows they were "pals" or even close when they worked on community boards years ago and Ayers hosted a political event for Obama early in his career.Daniel K. Douglass, the AP "analyst" who came up with this Palin is a racist theory, asks (as support for his racism claims)"is there another subtext for creating the false image of a black presidential nominee "palling around" with terrorists"? Since it's not actually false (for instance, the event Douglass describes as "Ayers hosted a political event for Obama early in his career" was actually the launch thereof) I'd answer "Yes - so that we can judge him on the content of his character".
Obama, who was a child when the Weathermen were planting bombs, has denounced Ayers' radical views and actions.
But maybe that makes me a racist, too.
Late Update: CNN brings the story forward. It's not about how young Barack Obama was when Ayers was building nail bombs - it's about now:
"Improving schools"? Why is Barack Obama so afraid to tout the "improvements" these guys teamed up to bring to Chicago schools?
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Palin's attacks must be hitting the spot for the AP to call them racist! KEEP IT UP PLEASE.Posted by Suzy at October 5, 2008 05:06 PM
I saw that article in the Washington Times and commented on it:
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DOUGLASS K. DANIEL ASSOCIATED PRESS, you have to wonder if this guy is for real, for two years this AP organization has been like the 3 monkeys, hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil when it comes to the Liberal/progressive/neo-com 'messiah, Barak Hueissen Obama. Let's just forget that Obama is half white and half Kenyan and pretend that there was no Kenyan blood. If this guy was running for president and had the background of associating with known killers, thugs, criminals and had the voting record that he has and the potential of much, much worse; would you take a chance and vote for him anyway when it could mean your very life? Mr. DOUGLASS K. DANIEL of the ASSOCIATED PRESS has never delved into Senator Obama's background for the electorate and rather do so now hurls the racist crap that the Progressive/neo-com's think works. Douglass K. Daniel is a 'thing' of the neo-com's, maybe he's pushing for a job with the "Department of Truth" if the 'messiah guy' wins.
Posted by ronnor at October 5, 2008 05:10 PM
Exactly right. As I blogged way back in December of 2006 in my post Did Obama just call me a racist?:
“Are some voters not going to vote for me because I’m African-American? Those are the same voters who probably wouldn’t vote for me because of my politics,” Barack Obama told ecstatic New Hampshire voters yesterday. Being one of those voters who probably wouldn't vote for him because of his politics, we were naturally offended at his suggestion that people like us are racists. Swept up in the locals' devotional hysteria, however, the media didn't seem to notice. Folks hear what they want to hear. A few tellng snippets from various news reports:
“Obviously it is flattering to get a lot of attention, but I must say it is baffling, particularly to my wife,” Obama quipped.
You don't suppose Oprah's endorsement might have had something to do with it? Naw. There's no question Obama knows how to pour on the charm and make Democrats "feel good about themselves" . . .
Posted by Sissy Willis at October 5, 2008 05:13 PM
The Obama campaign and the MSM realize Obama can be legitimately criticized on his ties to Ayers and others, so they're trying to defuse that with this kind of crap. Whenever someone disagrees with you, trot out the old "it's racism/sexism/homophobia/fill-in-the-blank-with-your-preferred-special-interest-group."
But, of course, it begs the question, why didn't the MSM spend 1/10 the amount of time and effort looking into Obama's history and associations as they did crucifying Palin?
Oh, yeah... we know the answer to that rhetorical question, don't we?Posted by Elaine at October 5, 2008 05:14 PM
so if McCain wins, doesn't it grant the right to individuals like Ayers to start 'non-lethal' bombings of State/federal property, again?
I've seen the allusion to McCain's 'friendship' to charles Keating as a moral equivalence...
IF Sarah Palin was CURRENTLY friends with Ted Kacynski(unibomber) or another individual that was bombing abortion clinics, which resulted in no casualties, would the left media give her a pass?Posted by mark l. at October 5, 2008 05:15 PM
Clearly, the solution to the problems pointed out by Douglass Daniel/AP is for the MSM to put Ayers' picture on their front pages and identify him as the terrorist in question. They must make clear that the attack wasn't "racially-tinged" because Palin was refering to a white man. They also must delve into the non-superficial ways why someone would say BHO is "un-American".
Of course, they'll never do that. So, if anyone wants to actually do something, go to a BHO appearance and ask him tough questions on video, and then upload his response to Youtube. Tips on that here, and questions relating to Ayers here.
It suggests that the Hawaiian-born Christian is, at heart, un-American.
Thanks, AP for telling us that Obama is Hawaiian born and a Christian. What does that have to do with the fact that he has ties to Bill Ayers, who is also American born and apparently of Christian background. So does that make him less of a terrorist?
It seems that as the AP tries to put distance between Obama and Ayers they are implying that only muslims can be terrorists. Interesting message.Posted by zhid at October 5, 2008 05:30 PM
Obama's habit of crying wolf and pulling out the race card got old long ago - he'll have to find some other shtick to fall back on.Posted by Bloodthirsty Warmonger at October 5, 2008 06:28 PM
They are already crucifying Palin over the visit from the African pastor who, back in Africa - where this is common place - cast out a witch from a village. One visit = Palin is a religious nutcase vs. Years long association = Obama only lived near the guy. See how that works?
I just want the AP to provide a report on why Americans should not find any similarities among Eric Rudolph, Ted Kaczynski, and William Ayers.
If they want to basically make the argument:
only William Ayers is supporting an african-american democrat, so he is different, so be it.
Tangentially, I wonder if Axelrod is desperately trying to get the 'uni-bomber' endorsement, to help win MI.Posted by mark l. at October 5, 2008 06:50 PM
Somewhere in Heaven, Martin Luthor King is weeping. I almost expect him to come down and give these liberals an intervention. "Didn't I say, judged not by the color of their skin but the content of their character? Well, barack obama is a man who hangs out with racists, terrorists and crooks. what kind of character does HE have?"Posted by A.W. at October 5, 2008 07:51 PM
There is a money grab of biblical proportions coming, and the left desperately needs to be in charge when it comes. Cities will go bankrupt, old people will starve, state employees will be laid off by the millions, capital will flee. Now the reason for the urgency to get Obama elected is being revealed. The shit is about to hit the fan, and the people responsible need to be in power to avoid jail time, and to survive with their power and wealth intact. There will be nowhere to hide from the coming financial storm.Posted by bc at October 5, 2008 09:29 PM
Anyone have biodata on Douglass K. Daniel? Might be interesting.Posted by Whilom Smykket at October 5, 2008 09:42 PM
"There will be nowhere to hide from the coming financial storm."
the msm will have effectively demonstrated that they can openly select the potus, with impugnity, because there is no one who will report their complicity.
who do you think is going to report about those responsible for our pending crisis?
Does anyone honestly believe that once Obama gets elected, the press is going to apologize and go back to just being 'modestly' liberal?
The shitstorm that is coming is a democratic house, senate, and presidency, along with the democratic media.
we are talking about a massive 'pogram' that is about to be committed on conservatives, come January 2009.
It is at a point right now, where the secretary of the state of ohio could report that Barack won ohio-80-20%, and there is nothing that would motivate the media to dispell the lies, for fear of losing 'their' presidential aspirations.Posted by mark l. at October 5, 2008 09:47 PM
Balderdash. We righties are blunt enough that if our attacks were racist, nobody would be having to strain at gnats to make the case. No, we're challenging Big O's associates, his character and his patriotism.
So Ayers and his bunch maybe set off a bomb or two near where a few policement so carelessly misplaced their lives or a judge and his family were sleeping. To me, that's a pretty big deal and I would spit on the man if he came near me. I don't buy into the hogwash that Big O's response to the man is simply more nuanced than mine. He's just plain got bad friends and mentors--Ayers, Dohrn, Alinsky, Wright, Rezko, Michelle, the list is long enough to fill a roll of toilet paper.
But can anyone name a single well respected person in Big O's inner circle??Posted by ChknLtL at October 5, 2008 09:49 PM
You know, this line of attack has a serious multiplier benefit. The Obamaniacs get so beside themselves with frothing rage that they will make sure everyone hears about it. The McCain campaign doesn't even have actually to say anything, just intimate that they are going to.Posted by Bart at October 5, 2008 11:24 PM
Palin's comments are hardly racist, but I think McCain and Palin are shooting themselves in the foot focusing on only going after Obama without promoting themselves as the better alternative. I've talked to a lot of moderate swing voters, including some black voters, who dislike Obama but are voting for him because they're frustrated with McCain's perceived lack of plans for the future and his constant negativity towards Obama without making any positive comments about himself. I love McCain, but he has run a horrible campaign with no clear message to attract voters. He has allowed Obama and the media to frame him as someone who doesn't care about ordinary people, who's a warmonger, and who will do exactly what Bush has done; and he has done nothing about it, responding only with, "the people know me." Unfortunatly, most people don't know him well enough because they're voting for Obama, as the lesser evil, based on lies and half-truths. Independent swing-voters are swing-voters because they don't like politicians. They will always vote for the candidate whose the least negative, and right now a lot of people are perceiving that to be Obama.Posted by K at October 5, 2008 11:30 PM
You know, this line of attack has a serious multiplier benefit.
I was thinking the same. If you review the commentary in forums ranging from the Volokh Conspiracy to the Huffington Post, it's evident that the left's response to this story is probably not going to play well with the mainstream of our society. Many Progressives simply don't recognize how Ayers will be perceived. They portray him as a well intended social activist caught-up in turbulent times and seem willfully blind to what he's actually said and done. Once the facts of his behavior begin to come to light, they'll have placed themselves in the position of condoning his actions.Posted by Max at October 5, 2008 11:35 PM
I can't link due to writing this on a PDA but a Google search would bring up sites that discuss my point. The MSM makes a point, not only of distancing Obama from Ayers but Ayers from his terrorist acts. They make a point of saying that Ayers is a rehabilitated member of society who is helping young, underprivilaged member of society to get an education. None of them mention that the education Ayers promotes is a Marxist revolutionist education which he raved about in a speech before education apparachniks in Venezuela. They don't mention that the programs that Ayers and Obama ran in Chicago were organized by professors who push an education and wealth redistribution system. These are not associations from Obama's immaturity. These are the associations that Obama fostered in furthering his political career. I found links to this information on the PMJ articles that discuss the Annenberg Challange and either the writers are creating false websites or our freedoms are in a world of trouble.Posted by P. Ami at October 5, 2008 11:52 PM
The thing that I love more than anything else? The word in the second paragraph: "unsubstantiated."Posted by Grim at October 6, 2008 05:39 AM
MEDIA BIAS ROBS AMERICANS OF THE TRUTH
... NOW, AP IS UNFARILY PLAYING THE RACE CARD ...
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.
TALK IS CHEAP … CHECK OBAMA’S RECORD !!!
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 !!!
Hey, K are you an Obama plant or are you for real? This election is turning into a referendum on the Obama, not on McCain or his issues.
Negative campaign doens't work, huh??? Why don't you ask what Senator John Kerry thinks about that? President Bush owes his second term to the Swift Boat Vets. Americans won't hand over the reigns of power to a person that has serious questions about their backgrounds. The Obama never had to answer for his radical associations during his senate campaign. Thanks to the Chicago MSM and his supporters they got a judge to release the sealed divorce records of that sex symbol Jeri Ryan and Jack Ryan. Once social conservatives heard the unsubstantiated sexual habits of the Ryans that was it. Jack Ryan had to withdraw from the race. Still don't think negative attacks don't work. It certainly helped the Obama.
Now it's down to a month, the Obama has to pay the "toll man" if wants to be President. The magnifying glass is about to be shined where the Obama and MSM don't want to go. Someone should tell him his make-up is starting to run.Posted by Pete Dawg at October 6, 2008 07:02 AM
Do U.S. people know about Ali G? (Another of Sasha Cohen's creations, the man who brought you Borat.) "Is it 'cos I is black?" Ali G was a deliberate portrayal of a whiny narcissist forever playing the race card. Can the GOP please play the "whiny narcissist" card?
Maybe they can preface all their campaign publications with "We don't care if Obama is green with purple spots, BUT...".
I should also point out that Ali G is a white boy, and his race card tactic is totally fraudulent. Just before anyone else does.
The only racists I see in this electoral season is the Obama campaign. To interpret everything anyone says as racist is to dismiss ideas and evidence. Only a racist does that.Posted by Butter141 at October 6, 2008 11:15 AM
All criticism of my husband is racistPosted by Michelle O at October 6, 2008 12:19 PM
I was a teenager in the early '70s. Most of my friends were leftwing. When Bill Ayers and his comrades were setting their bombs off, they were not considered terrorists. They were considered extreme, but not bad; they were simply overcome by their rage against the war in Vietnam. (This was a time, remember, when the Jefferson Airplane recorded a song praising Charles Manson, a guy whom Bernardine Dohrn thought was "super"). The attitude of many people toward the weather underground was like that of the abolitionists toward John Brown: he was, maybe, going too far, but he was doing it in a good cause.
Many people, and not just SDS types, never dropped this attitude as they grew older.
Palin's attacks in this area are obviously not racist, but I think they are misguided. In the Chicago area, certainly, Ayers seems to be thought of as simply a school reformer (Chicago people: correct me if I'm wrong). If Palin is going to attack Obama, she should do so on the nutball schemes that Ayers (and Obama) had for reforming the schools (which included, as I understand, "age appropriate" sex education for
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