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AP Shows Bias With ‘Racist Palin’ Hit Piece

From the despicable Associated Press:

Analysis: Palin’s words carry racial tinge

Sunday, October 5, 2008

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.

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

First, Palin’s attack shows that her energetic debate with rival Joe Biden may be just the beginning, not the end, of a sharpened role in the battle to win the presidency.

“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,” Palin told a group of donors in Englewood, Colo. A deliberate attempt to smear Obama, McCain’s ticket-mate echoed the line at three separate events Saturday.

“This is not a man who sees America like you and I see America,” she said. “We see America as a force of good in this world. We see an America of exceptionalism.” …

In her character attack, Palin questions Obama’s association with William Ayers, a member of the Vietnam-era Weather Underground. 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.

Obama, who was a child when the Weathermen were planting bombs, has denounced Ayers’ radical views and actions…

The larger purpose behind Palin’s broadside is to reintroduce the question of Obama’s associations. Millions of voters, many of them open to being swayed to one side or the other, are starting to pay attention to an election a month away.

For the McCain campaign, that makes Obama’s ties to Ayers as well as convicted felon Antoin “Tony” Rezko and the controversial minister Jeremiah Wright ripe for renewed criticism. And Palin brings a fresh voice to the argument.

Effective character attacks have come earlier in campaigns. In June 1988, Republican George H.W. Bush criticized Democrat Michael Dukakis over the furlough granted to Willie Horton, a convicted murderer who then raped a woman and stabbed her companion. Related TV ads followed in September and October.

The Vietnam-era Swift Boat veterans who attacked Democrat John Kerry’s war record started in the spring of 2004 and gained traction in late summer…

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.

The fact is that when racism creeps into the discussion serves a purpose for McCain. 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 says he 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 will McCain say he regrets appeals such as Palin’s?

Hey, never mind that Mrs. Plain happens to be married to a “dark skinned” Eskimo. She’s obviously a racist.

Still, and amazingly, even the AP seems to have realized that they may have pushed this latest lie a little too hard.

Now every AP article that carried this headline “Analysis: Palin’s words carry racial tinge” has been edited to the “Analysis: Palin’s words may backfire on McCain:




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You see, the AP isn’t so biased after all.

Not much.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, October 5th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

14 Responses to “AP Shows Bias With ‘Racist Palin’ Hit Piece”

  1. wardmama4 says:

    I guess that the ummm, gee how to say this – ‘orders’ no wait instructions no I’ll get it, it’s coming to me – ‘talking points’ from the Obama campaign got garbled.

    How ‘palling around with terrorists who target their own country’ is racist is beyond me – unless, unless Obama is palling around with muslim terrorists who live here in the US and have/are planning an attack.

    In which case both the Obama campaign (which I thought the Master of the Universe wanna be is running himself) and the AP really, really stepped in it.

    And exactly how is that going to hurt the McCain campaign?

    They just might want to take a look at Sen Biden’s 14+ outright lies on Thursday night to look at a VP whose words are hurting a campaign. Do they really believe that the Dems themselves want a moroon just a heart beat away?

  2. 1sttofight says:

    Notice WM4 that no one has had the nerve to say the Barracuda lied even one time?

  3. PoliticalJules says:

    She did not lie. You got any proof that she is wrong? Is there any evidence beyond a resonable doubt that he does not have ties to terrorist, domestic or international?

    We can make a Bigger Difference

  4. Gila Monster says:

    “Obama, who was a child when the Weathermen were planting bombs, has denounced Ayers’ radical views and actions…”

    I’m not sure about the rest of you but I don’t recall the Obamessiah specifically “denouncing” the views or actions of Ayers. His campaign camp has constantly claimed this but I have never seen a direct quote from an interview or press statement that’s directly attributable to the Chosen One.

    Perhaps I don’t have the “nuance” to properly interpret his denouncements.

  5. 1sttofight says:

    Gee GM, do you really expect the The Ones staff to actually deal in facts? child……..;)

  6. PoliticalJules says:

    GM, what about the fundraisers with Ayers as the host? How about his donations? How about Michelle Obama hiring Ayers to speak on November 20th. I do not care when he bombed, Ayers is consistantly non repentant. He says he wishes he could have done more. Do you deny any of these actions?

    We can make a Bigger Difference. Get out and vote. McCain-Palin gets my vote.

  7. texaspsue says:

    “Notice WM4 that no one has had the nerve to say the Barracuda lied even one time?”

    That’s true 1st, so therefore is Palin is not lying then she’s a racist. LOL (The Liberals rules are so simple, anyone can understand them. NOT!)

    I repeat: The BO campaign is out in the MSM trying to play down BO’s connection to Ayers today. They call Palin’s comments racist. (Of course.) Good, Sarahcuda put them on the defensive.

    It’s about time BO explained his radical connections. He seemed to be proud of them in the past. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-45A6I-N5I&feature=PlayList&p=590C81020E0B6042&index=1 (Maybe BO needs to talk about his mentor, Bill Ayers, and the Chicago Annenberg Challenge.)

  8. 1sttofight says:

    I just want 5 minutes alone with him.

  9. Exeter says:

    So the AP’s ‘new-and-improved’ headline is “Analysis: Palin’s words may backfire on McCain.” You know you’ve hit a tender spot when the MSM pretend to have the interests of Conservatives at heart.

  10. Reality Bytes says:

    Were’s the Race! Can’t find it. Does Palling mean something else in Ebonics?

  11. Exeter says:

    Let the Obama camp and their surrogates in the MSM continue playing the race card. It’s a ridiculous charade designed to insulate the Anointed One from all criticism. They will continue to pick the nits of every word Palin says, in the hope that she – and like-minded conservatives like us – are as vulnerable to the “white guilt” mythology as Hillary’s supporters. They’ll drop it only when they find it doesn’t work.

  12. GuppyNblue says:

    Radio host Tom Marr says, “If Obama threw an old lady into the Chesapeake the AP headline would read, Obama teaches the elderly how to swim”.

    If I accept their argument then that actually looks pretty bad for them. That they extrapolate racism from “palling around” and “not like us” (while talking to his extreme politics) tells me that they must measure everything by race.
    I’d loved to see her really turn it up and do just like she said. Go directly to those large crowds she draws and tell it to the people unfiltered by the media. Name every recorded meeting with Ayers, quote every racist comment he’s made, etc. Do it with stern confidence so as to say, I know who and what am and any cheap accusations of racism won’t change that. Fear the Baracuda!!!

  13. jimmysjeri says:

    Obama’s age during the time Ayers was out bombing American buildings is irrelevant: he has never denounced this jerk, and that’s what counts NOW. Our mother’s all warned us about the company we keep, and all that…
    If Obama doesn’t scare the living daylights out of everyone, then you are clearly not paying attention.
    He may well be the anti-Christ!

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