Obama and Ayers Pushed Radicalism On Schools
Stanley Kurtz - September 23, 2008
Despite having authored two autobiographies, Barack Obama has never written about his most important executive experience. From 1995 to 1999, he led an education foundation called the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC), and remained on the board until 2001. The group poured more than $100 million into the hands of community organizers and radical education activists.
The NYT’s ‘Whitewash’ of the Bill Ayers-Barack Obama Connection
Clay Waters - October 6, 2008
Investigation or inoculation?
John McCain has said he’ll be taking a tougher line against Barack Obama and his associates, and reporter Scott Shane’s front-page piece in Saturday’s New York Times on the “sporadic” ties between Obama and William Ayers, a founder of the 1960s domestic terrorist group Weather Underground, serves as a 2,100-word inoculation, a long investigative piece that does little in the way of actual investigating, providing the appearance of due diligence while exonerating Obama.
The two men knew each other years in Chicago politics, most notably when Obama served as chief executive of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a school project co-founded by Ayers, while Ayers served on the board. Ayers and his wife, fellow Weather Underground member Bernardine Dohrn, hosted a gathering for their Hyde Park neighbor Barack Obama. It was Obama’s “coming-out” party for politics.
Gray Lady on Ayers-Obama connection: Nothing to see here. Move along.
Ed Morrissey - October 4, 2008
We’ve been waiting for the mainstream media to apply one-tenth of the investigative power that they’ve put into Wasilla probing Sarah Palin into Chicago to check on Barack Obama. The New York Times offers about that — a tenth of an effort — into exploring Obama’s connections to William Ayers. Despite the fact that Obama worked for Ayers at the Chicago Annenberg Challenge for several years and with Ayers on the Woods Fund for a few more, the Paper of Record insists that the two men have no real ties at all.
The first clue as to their spin? The headline — “Obama and ’60s Bomber: A Look Into Crossed Paths”. Crossed paths? Are they just two ships that passed in the night?
Planting Seeds of Disaster: ACORN, Barack Obama, and the Democratic party
Stanley Kurtz - October 7, 2008
‘You’ve got only a couple thousand bucks in the bank. Your job pays you dog-food wages. Your credit history has been bent, stapled, and mutilated. You declared bankruptcy in 1989. Don’t despair: You can still buy a house.” So began an April 1995 article in the Chicago Sun-Times that went on to direct prospective home-buyers fitting this profile to a group of far-left “community organizers” called ACORN, for assistance. In retrospect, of course, encouraging customers like this to buy homes seems little short of madness.
At the time, however, that 1995 Chicago newspaper article represented something of a triumph for Barack Obama. That same year, as a director at Chicago’s Woods Fund, Obama was successfully pushing for a major expansion of assistance to ACORN, and sending still more money ACORN’s way from his post as board chair of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. Through both funding and personal-leadership training, Obama supported ACORN. And ACORN, far more than we’ve recognized up to now, had a major role in precipitating the subprime crisis.
Drew Griffin on the Ayers-Obama Connection