Yet more about the media’s bias for Barack Obama. The Associated press has essentially set themselves up as nothing more than a 527 for the Obama campaign.
Reading this article here, it has become obvious that there is no longer any pretense of journalistic integrity at the AP. They have gone way beyond any semblance of impartiality and have now crossed over into being an organization that does nothing more than dispenses talking points from the Obama campaign.
The article, titled Old events fuel new presidential campaign attacks, is about Sarah Palin bringing up the association between Barack Obama and domestic terrorists Bill Ayers and the Obama campaign counterattack about McCain’s role in the Keating Five scandal.
The AP is taking offense at the audacity of the McCain/Palin campaign discussing Obama’s long term relationship with Atyer’s, the founder of the Weather Underground. The Weather Underground is a domestic terrorism organization that is anti-American and advocated the bombing of the Pentagon. Keep in mind that Ayer’s does not deny his leadership of this group. In fact, he has expressed regret that they could not do more.
Read the article for a feel of what it was like. But here are some examples of the different approaches to the two issues.
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."
First, this statement grossly understates the association between the two. They did more than work on the same charity board, they have been connected on several different occasions. One example is here, a panel they sat on at the invitation of Michelle Obama. Second, Ayer’s did not hold a “meet-the-candidate event”, he held a gathering in which Obama launched his Illinois State Senate campaign. You don’t do this at someone’s house you are just “friendly” with.
Then we have the Keating Five scandal.
The Senate ethics committee investigated five senators relationships with Keating. The panel cited McCain for a lesser role than the others, but faulted his "poor judgment."
It’s incredible that you can put so many bias’ in one short sentence. First, the AP doesn’t mention that the other four of the Keating Five were Democrats. Five Senators were involved in the scandal:
-Alan Cranston (D-CA) took over 1 million dollars from Keating, found by panel to have twisted the arms of other Senators for Keating and found to have interfered with the Senate investigation. Was reprimanded in front of the entire Senate.
-Donald Riegle (D-MI) found by panel to have interfered with investigation (in an aside, Riegle spoke at my High School graduation, it was cold, he was boring and long winded, and I froze my ass off)
-Dennis DeConcini (D-AZ) found by panel to have interfered with investigation
John Glenn (D-OH) found by panel to have had minimal role, found to have used “poor judgment”, charges dropped by panel
John McCain (R-AZ) found by panel to have had minimal role, found to have used “poor judgment”, charges dropped by panel. Quoting from the final report "actions were not improper nor attended with gross negligence and did not reach the level of requiring institutional action against him....Senator McCain has violated no law of the United States or specific Rule of the United States Senate."
Note: source of quote and above findings of panel here.
So, in reality, this “lesser role” cited by the AP bordered on being nothing and found to have not violated Senate ethics rules.
Finally, look here for who is working for Obama’s campaign. The AP forgot to mention this.
The real story on the Sarah Palin attacks on Obama for his association with Ayer’s is that she is doing the media’s job for them. One of the very reasons the founding fathers included freedom of the press in the Constitution was to keep the government honest. The press would be free to report on government officials and affairs to prevent the development of a tyrannical government. In short, on Barack Obama, they have shirked their responsibility. If the media had explored the past of Obama, he would not be the nominee today. They instead have made themselves the apologists for his campaign.
We may be seeing the media’s influence tested over the next few weeks though. Palin and the rest of the McCain campaign along with the conservative 527 groups are going to educate America. Along the way, they are pointing out the irresponsibility of the press. The press may find that like Obama, they can run, but they can’t hide.