L.A. Times: “There Is No Recorded Basis” for McCain’s Claim That Obama Launched His Political Career in Bill Ayers’ Living Room
No “recorded basis,” eh? Only if you don’t count the 2005 blog entry by a liberal who was there when it happened.
Here’s the Los Angeles Times today, in an editorial titled McCain’s Debatable Strategy:
And then, returning to Ayers, McCain alleged that Obama launched his political career in the former Weatherman’s living room, an assertion for which there is no recorded basis.
And this is from the Musings & Migraines blog, January 27, 2005:
When I first met Barack Obama, he was giving a standard, innocuous little talk in the livingroom of those two legends-in-their-own-minds, Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. They were launching him–introducing him to the Hyde Park community as the best thing since sliced bread.
How will the L.A. Times defend this? By saying it wasn’t “recorded” because it’s a blog entry and not a podcast??
I think I’ll write the Readers’ Rep and see.
The author is no conservative. She goes on to fault Obama for being an insufficiently authentic liberal, and criticizes him for being too chummy with Republicans. [UPDATE: And, I meant to add, the existence of this blog entry was reported by Politico in February. So it's not like the editors had no reason to know.]
No recorded basis, eh?
P.S. The liberals’ defense du jour on this McCain claim is to quibble over insignificant details: e.g. some rabbi’s wife thinks she remembers having a similar event before Ayers’s event — so the “launched” claim is a LIE!!!11!!1!
In a particularly amusing blog entry at the Chicago Sun Times, Lynn Sweet assures us that McCain “is misleading the public by overplaying the size and significance of Ayers’ early support.” But Sweet’s underlying facts neatly undermine this conclusion. Sweet tells us: “Obama’s campaign really was launched when he got the backing of then state Sen. Alice Palmer (D-Chicago), who wanted him to replace her as she was planning a run for Congress. Palmer’s backing gave him entrée into local influential political circles.” And she quotes a supporter as saying that “the event at Bill Ayers’ house (prior to ours) was a fund-raiser for Alice’s congressional campaign at which she also introduced Barack as the successor she would like to see elected.”
So, to sum up: at Ayers’s house, Alice Palmer gave Obama her official support, by declaring him to be her anointed successor. And his campaign “really was launched” when he received her official support. Applying the transitive property:
Sounds like his political career “really was launched” at Ayers’s house.
UPDATE: The L.A. Times will not be correcting its error. Details in this post.