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Sunday, October 05, 2008

Media Like a One Note Musical Concert

The media seems to only have a single note in their musical concert when it comes to any criticism of Barack Obama - and that note is flat: cry racism. Sarah Palin is launching off her impressive debate performance to land heavy criticism against Obama on the campaign trail. She referred to the association of Barack Obama to Bill Ayers as "palling around with terrorists". According to AP:
"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."
Sarah Palin draws a great ideological distinction between the two tickets by pointing to how very different the two view America. The McCain-Palin ticket strongly support American Exceptionalism. Instead of viewing America as a blessed nation grounded in its rich political and religious history, Palin alludes to the liberal approach to pointing out the many problems and flaws with America, embracing blame for hatred of the US by Islamic radicals and seeing the US as inferior to European countries. Palin sees Obama's selection out of nowhere by Bill Ayers to serve on the board at CAC and Ayers hosting Obama's launch into politics at his home as "palling around with terrorists" because of their common world view.

Only in a liberal logical pretzel could the Associated Press take drawing an idelogical distinction to mean Obama is "not like us" in a way that has racial undertones. Sarah Palin did not even use the words "Obama is not like us". AP had to convert her words into that simple sound bite to even remotely connect them to a racist connotation.

The chronically incurious media when it comes to any area of Obama's life that might look bad for him, casually brushes away the Bill Ayers connection with the statement that Obama "denounced Ayers' radical views and actions". I have seen them over and over again make that claim. I have tried to Google any link that has the wording of this denouncement but can only find references claiming that he has. Taking their word for it, I think there are still questions remaining:

- Why when Obama was first asked about Bill Ayers did he try to claim he was just "a guy from my neighborhood" instead of a guy that selected him from nowhere to server on the CAC board with him?
- When did Obama first meet with Bill Ayers? Obama and Ayers were in the same vicinity when Obama attended Columbia (where we have very little information about him). Did they meet or run in the same circles at this time?
- When did Obama learn of Ayers radical past? Before or after he served on the board with him?
- Why did Obama choose Bill Ayers home to launch his political career?
- Does Obama think that justice was served when somebody like Ayers has never served a day in jail for his crimes?
- Does Obama think that Bill Ayers can go from his radical past to a current respectable position with or without having paid for or even repented of his crimes?

I think that if the media grilled Obama half as strongly as they grilled Palin on the ridiculous book banning claim that we would hear some interesting answers.

The one note media is getting old. Basically, unless we all just sit back and allow Obama to be coronated, we are branded as racist. A couple of weeks ago the media was fretting about an Obama loss due to racists that will not vote for him due to his skin color. I have yet to hear the media fretting about the many who will be voting for Obama (and therefore against McCain) because of his skin color. I doubt we will hear much about that.

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  • At 4:21 PM, Blogger Tsofah said…


    I've a great video on my blog of Jackie Mason saying basically the same thing. GMTA!

  • At 4:49 PM, Blogger Tsofah said…

    How can I join the NOBama blogburst?

  • At 6:01 PM, Blogger LASunsett said…


    Just post an anti-Obama post on Tuesday, we'll link to you and you link all of the ones that AICS linked to on his post.

    That's it.

    I'll tell the group, you are in.

  • At 8:45 PM, Blogger paw said…

    Serious question. How do you guardians of exceptionalism square with the Palin's undeniable embrace of the Alaskan Independence Party?

  • At 9:25 PM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…


    Undeniable by whose standard, Daily Kos? Give me a credible link since I have only seen the ridiculous accusation.

  • At 10:12 PM, Blogger paw said…

    Your (double) standards are showing.

    Here's the short version, from the source:

    Nice vid:

  • At 8:35 AM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…


    I failed to see any action that would even resemble an embrace of AIK. I do see that she respects their right to their opinion, which by the way is not accompanied by violent acts. You are really grasping at straws here paw.

  • At 9:23 AM, Blogger paw said…

    Staw? Wow, I really don't understand you at all, more than ever. Her husband was member of a party whose organizing principle is withdrawl from the union! You call that a straw while you're dealing wholly in innuendo.

    See you around.

  • At 11:35 AM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…

    Todd Palin is not on the ticket.

    Your comments also express an ignorance of the culture of states like Alaska and Hawaii, where those of native blood have strong emotional issues rooted in their culture that would make groups like AIK appealing.

    To draw a link between such groups and Bill Ayers group is a phenomenal leap even for you. In addition to the bombings of public places where there was no human casualties, 3 members of his group died building a bomb spiked with nails in it when it accidentally detonated.

    As you only have words against Todd Palin, but I assume none for Obama I too have no comprehension for someone like you that displays no concern for associations with a man with a violent track record, but get your panties in a wad over some culturally zealous Eskimos.

  • At 11:50 AM, Blogger paw said…

    What's going on with you? You're much harder than you were before your sabbatical.

  • At 12:14 PM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…

    We can agree on that.

  • At 1:02 PM, Blogger Tsofah said…


    APPLAUSE, applause! A standing ovation to you and your tenacity! YEAH!

  • At 7:14 PM, Blogger paw said…

    Just for the record, I didn't say anything about Ayers. I asked how you accepted a critique of someone's patriotism from someone who is married to, and sympathetic to, a secessionist movement. They love America so much they want to leave it, and take their resource-rich, strategically important state with them. AIP is dead serious about that. So with Palin saying "Obama doesn't love America like we love America', it raises an interesting questions.

    Instead of answering my question (which you don't have to do), you responded like this: 1) Huh? That's liberal tripe. I haven't looked into it. I'm too busy outing anti-American sentiments from LIBERALS, see, LIBERALS. 2)Aw, they're just passionate people, agitating to leave the union doesn't really mean anything, it's completely excusable. 3)And Ayers is really bad so that would cancel out this, not that there's anything to cancel out. 4)And for good measure, here's an insult to your manhood.

    If this were Michelle Obama associated with a group like this, you'd respond differently.

    So I guess I agree with tsofah, though probably not in the sense she means. You did great here. You've responded in the exact way your movement encourages, with a flurry of junk.

  • At 2:34 PM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…

    There is a difference between Todd Palin and Michelle Obama. Todd Palin is a virtually silent supporter of his wife during the campaign. Michelle, on the other hand does active, verbal campaigning. When somebody does that it makes them a fair target to be placed under the microscope to provide insight into whether what they say can be trusted. Todd Palin has not done that, so it really does not matter what his opinion is. I would need to hear from him on why he joined, what level of participation he had in the organization, and which members did he associate with most. However, since he is not an active member of the campaign other than smiling and holding the baby, an investigation of him is not warranted.

    If it were warranted I would be interested in the areas I mentioned just as I am interested in Obama coming clean (hopefully won't be branded a racist for that one) and fully answering questions about his relationship with Ayers instead of dribbling out the truth starting with "he's just a guy from my neighborhood". Instead getting to the truth is consistently stiff-armed by Obama and his sycophants.

    I would pose that if ALL were known that is to be known about the Palin's involvement with AIK vs. the Obama's involvement with Bill Ayers; Obama would by far come out the worst for it.

    In any event, there is a huge difference between the AIP and Weather Underground. Besides, who said anything about patriotism? Obama is being criticized for bad judgment and dishonesty, not having his patriotism questioned.

    Sensitive on manhood issues? Sorry, it is just an expression I used because it sounds funny. Nothing more.


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