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Where The AP Gets Its News/Talking Points

First, what is presented as investigative reporting from the DNC’s Associated Press:

McCain linked to private group in Iran-Contra case

By PETE YOST

October 7, 2008

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WASHINGTON (AP) — GOP presidential nominee John McCain has past connections to a private group that supplied aid to guerrillas seeking to overthrow the leftist government of Nicaragua in the Iran-Contra affair.

McCain’s ties are facing renewed scrutiny after his campaign criticized Barack Obama for his link to a former radical who engaged in violent acts 40 years ago.

The U.S. Council for World Freedom was part of an international organization linked to former Nazi collaborators and ultra-right-wing death squads in Central America. The group was dedicated to stamping out communism around the globe.

The council’s founder, retired Army Maj. Gen. John Singlaub, said McCain became associated with the organization in the early 1980s as McCain was launching his political career in Arizona. Singlaub said McCain was a supporter but not an active member in the group.

“McCain was a new guy on the block learning the ropes,” Singlaub told The Associated Press in an interview. “I think I met him in the Washington area when he was just a new congressman. We had McCain on the board to make him feel like he wasn’t left out. It looks good to have names on a letterhead who are well-known and appreciated.

“I don’t recall talking to McCain at all on the work of the group,” Singlaub said.

The renewed attention over McCain’s association with Singlaub’s group comes as McCain’s campaign steps up criticism of Obama’s dealings with William Ayers, a college professor who co-founded the Weather Underground and years later worked on education reform in Chicago alongside Obama. Ayers held a meet-the-candidate event at his home when Obama first ran for public office in the mid-1990s.

Obama was roughly 8 years old when Ayers, now at the University of Illinois at Chicago, was working with the Weather Underground, which took responsibility for bombings that included nonfatal blasts at the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol. McCain’s vice presidential nominee, Sarah Palin, has said that Obama “pals around with terrorists.” …

Covert arms shipments to the rebels called Contras, financed in part by secret arms sales to Iran, became known as the Iran-Contra affair. They proved to be the undoing of Singlaub’s council.

In 1987, the Internal Revenue Service withdrew the tax-exempt status of Singlaub’s group because of its activities on behalf of the Contras.

Elected to the House in 1982 and at a time when he was on the board of Singlaub’s council, McCain was among Republicans on Capitol Hill expressing support for the Contras, a CIA-organized guerrilla force in Central America. In 1984, Congress cut off CIA funds for the Contras.

Months before the cutoff, top Reagan administration officials ramped up a secret White House-directed supply network and put National Security Council aide Oliver North in charge of running it. The goal was to keep the Contras operational until Congress could be persuaded to resume CIA funding.

Singlaub’s private group became the public cover for the White House operation…

McCain has said previously he resigned from the council in 1984 and asked in 1986 to have his name removed from the group’s letterhead.

“I didn’t know whether (the group’s activity) was legal or illegal, but I didn’t think I wanted to be associated with them,” McCain said in a newspaper interview in 1986…

And, here is probably the source of the AP story, Democrat flak Paul Begal, appearing on Meet The Press:

If not, the AP seems to be taking their marching orders from the the Daily Kos:

McCain sat on board of ultra-right wing racist group (updated)

by Tirge Caps

Sun Oct 05, 2008

The very low Sarah Palin came out screeching yesterday about Barack Obama’s relation to William Ayers. Aside from the fact that Obama was 8 years old during Ayers’ radical years, the right wing hate machine will attempt to tie Obama to him.

Well, hang this anchor around their neck:

In 1981 John McCain sat on the board of the US Council for World Freedom, an ultra right wing group founded chaired by Iran Contra figure Maj. General John K. Singlaub.

Begala: It was affiliated with the World Anti-Communist league, the parent organization, which ADL [Anti-Defamation League] said has increasingly become a gathering place, the forum, the point of contact for extremist racists and anti-Semites.

Tirge Caps’s diary :: ::

[EDIT CORRECTION: I incorrectly attributed Singlaub as founder. He was not. I incorrectly stated he was a Congressman from Arizona. He was not.] …

Honestly, if they try to hang Ayers around Obama, McCain, true or not, has a history of associating with ultra-right wing racists and paranoid fascist freaks…

And of course, the Huffington Post had to push this story along, in case the AP still had not gotten the message:

Why McCain’s Time With Council Of World Freedom Matters

October 6, 2008

Sam Stein

Since Sunday, Democrats have been buzzing about the re-revelation that during the 1980s, Sen. John McCain served on the board of a far-right conservative organization that had supplied arms and funds to paramilitary organizations in Latin America.

Democratic strategist Paul Begala lit the fire when, during an appearance on Meet the Press, he warned that this relatively obscure detail from McCain’s past could draw him into a guilt-by-association game he was bound to regret…

But McCain’s involvement in the U.S. Council for World Freedom, which extended from 1981 through, possibly, 1986 is significant — not merely because it ties him to unsavory characters but because it firmly associates him with a foreign policy that was, at the time and still, controversial…

Isn’t it amazing how the leftwing’s noise machine works?

Note too that Mr. Begala, during his appearance on Meet The Press, actually pointed out that Mr. McCain was not associated with the organization’s early anti-Semitic fringe membership.

But somehow the AP did not manage to include that detail.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, October 7th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Where The AP Gets Its News/Talking Points”

  1. Tommygun

    Uh, is this whole revelation supposed to be supporting or attacking McCain?

    Let’s see…

    Anti-Communist and involved in combating Russian-backed insurrections at a time when the Democrat Congress was so supportive of the Soviet brethren they wouldn’t approve the funds to fight it.

    Accused of being “racist” (in other words, “mainstream conservative,” according the MSM).

    Acted to support the pro-American foreign policy of Ronald Reagan, the hero of the conservative/GOP base.

    As I asked before, is this supporting or attacking him?!

  2. Icarus
    “Aside from the fact that Obama was 8 years old during Ayers’ radical years”

    – Barry, at 8-years-old riding shotgun beside Ayers would have been a hell of a story!!!
    Who knows for sure???????????

    How about the fact that Ayers – while Obama was 18, 28, 38… TODAY! …Still stands by his actions and radical doctrine and is unrepentant. Even said he wished he could have done more; made a bigger impact.

  3. Kilmeny

    Rush today made a very good comparison between the ostracism of O.J. Simpson and Obama’s relationship with Ayers. It shouldn’t matter if he was 8 years old or still a gleam in his father’s eye. He should be excluded from decent society, and certainly not be a formative force in shaping our next President, no matter how long ago his crimes were.

  4. JohnMG

    “Bend and stretch, reach for the stars………..”

    These idiots are in full-panic mode. Sarah hit a nerve with her latest broadside, and I hope she keeps ‘em coming. If this is the best Obambi can come up with he’s going to look like a real bush-leaguer tonight.

    Just goes to show that you can’t polish a turd!

  5. Exeter

    Tommygun – I was thinking something along the same lines as your post. McCain should come right out and admit staunch support for Singlaub – a HIGHLY decorated war-hero, enemy of communist dictators and proud American. Not only would it take the wind out of Obama’s sails, but he’d look like an ass for even trying to make the comparison.

    JohnMG – I beg to differ. Bill Clinton was a polishable turd. (But I guess he was the exception.)

  6. wirenut

    Begala’s “fire”, is a very soggy Ohio bluetip match . No spark, no flame, just smoke .




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