Bias in the worst way by AP
Associated Press just slapped down the race card in its latest "analysis" by Douglass K. Daniel.
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.
This is nothing short of a flat-out smear of Palin and the McCain campaign. Yesterday, Sarah Palin clearly conveyed the message that Barack Obama is too liberal and too far to the left for the American electorate. This is why she raised Obama's six years of crafting education policy with Bill Ayers, a left-wing political extremist and unrepentant domestic terrorist. Either "reporter" Daniels is an idiot or in the bag for Barack Obama. The intellectually dishonest bias in this article is incredible. Here's a small example:
Obama, who was a child when the Weathermen were planting bombs, has denounced Ayers' radical views and actions.
Ayers' crimes happened long ago, but to this day, he has not expressed a word of regret or sorrow for his acts. In fact, he was quoted that he and his group didn't bomb enough.
[Update I:] Jeff Goldstein has a thorough takedown of the Daniel piece. As for why examining why Obama's past associations are relevant, I explain here . It goes to his judgment and it goes to what his actual political views are.
[Update II:] In the AP "analysis", Daniel quoted Democratic operative Jenny Backus:
“It’s a giant changing of the subject,” said Jenny Backus, a Democratic strategist. “The problem is the messenger. If you want to start throwing fire bombs, you don’t send out the fluffy bunny to do it. I think people don’t take Sarah Palin seriously.”
In an article about Sarah Palin’s subtle subtext of racism, this very unsubtle sexist slur against the Governor of Alaska goes unremarked, reported straight, as if it were a simple observation, nothing more. These people are completely beyond shame, both the Democrats who say these things and the Associated Press who enables them.