N.Y. Times whitewashes Obama-Ayers connection

By Aaron Klein

Fails to report key associations, ignores incriminating documents given to paper

image JERUSALEM – A prominent article by the New York Times this weekend purporting to investigate the connections between Sen. Barack Obama and former Weathermen radical Bill Ayers omits key associations between the two and in some cases seems to minimize their relationship.

One law professor and blogger who was interviewed for the Times piece says he provided the newspaper with key documentation showing Ayers was directly involved in the formation of the board of an education organization on which Obama served as chairman.

But the Times did not present that information and instead made the claim Ayers was not involved in the selection of Obama as chairman of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, or CAC, which was founded by Ayers.

The Times article in question was first released online under the title "Obama had met Ayers, but the two are not close." That title was soon changed to, "Obama and the ’60’s Bomber: A Look Into Crossed Paths."

The piece purports to present the scope of Obama’s relationship with Ayers, an increasingly public point of contention during this campaign season, with Gov. Sarah Palin just yesterday highlighting the controversial relationship.

News reports, archived records, interviews and Ayers’ own curriculum vitae document that Ayers was the founder of CAC, which bills itself as a school reform organization. Documentation shows Ayers led the application process to apply for the original grant that funded the CAC.

Ayers served as co-chairman of the Chicago School Reform Collaborative, one of the two operational arms of the CAC, from its formation in 1995 until 2000. In 1995, Obama was appointed as the CAC’s first chairman.

The Times, though, does not mention Ayers’ role in founding the CAC, documented in several articles in 1994 and 1995 in the Chicago Tribune, which detail Ayers’ extensive work to secure the original grant from a national education initiative by Ambassador Walter Annenberg, as well as Ayers’ molding of the CAC guidelines.  Read More..


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