CNN: Obama’s lying about William Ayers

posted at 7:38 am on October 7, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

You’ll want to double-check the logo at the bottom left corner during this report.  It really is CNN and Anderson Cooper fact-checking Barack Obama’s claims to have barely known William Ayers — and calling it dishonest.  Stanley Kurtz even gets to make an appearance on a network other than Fox for this report (via Dirty Harry’s Place):

Drew Griffin runs down most of the salient points raised by people like Kurtz, David Freddoso, Jerome Corsi, and others. Obama’s admission in a debate that he briefly served on “a board” with Ayers with little contact gets shot down. CNN followed up on Kurtz’ work with the Chicago Annenberg Challenge and debunks that notion. They also — amazingly — report on the nature of the grants made by the CAC while Obama ran it to Ayers’ favored schools with radical agendas.

Griffin also tells a somewhat nonplussed Cooper that Obama has lied about his “coming out party” at the home of William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn in 1995. Obama has said that Alice Palmer arranged the fundraiser and the venue, but Griffin spoke to two people who attended the event, who claim Obama lied. Palmer had nothing to do with that event outside of being invited to it. Obama and Ayers planned the event themselves.

Obama has lied repeatedly about his relationship with the unrepentant domestic terrorist. He spent years working for Ayers, promoting Ayers’ causes. Even CNN won’t buy the Obama line any longer. Expect John McCain to raise this point tonight in the debate.

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Oh My… Check out Anita Dunn’s body language
Her head is shaking in the negative “no” position and her eyelids are batting a mile a minute… This is clearly a sign that she doesn’t believe what she’s saying….

If this had been a “McCain” meeting, we’d never hear the end of it…

CynicalOptimist on October 7, 2008 at 12:59 PM

Well well well, it seems that even CNN has to admit a lie sometimes.

Terrye on October 7, 2008 at 1:09 PM

Here is a pretty good overview of the CAC.

What is clear is that Bill Ayers and Barack Obama funneled money to radical people and groups.

Mike Klonsky, communist and and fellow SDS member received money as did others.

Ayers and Klonsky are described as school reformers and professors at the university of Illinois, but they are radicals who have merely traded in pipe bombs for grant money but the revolution continues.

Obama is vulnerable and on these issues as the public has already been seasoned with Wright and Ayers. If the CAC records can be exploited in the short amount of time before the election, Obama will loose.

moxie_neanderthal on October 7, 2008 at 1:20 PM

If Obama is not a Communist, he is clearly sympathetic to Ayers’s ideology, or he would have had nothing to do with him.

MrLynn on October 7, 2008 at 11:35 AM

Obama is a Communist. Period. His entire life is an attempt to bring the US into conformity to World Socialism through political activism from inside the system.

philwynk on October 7, 2008 at 1:21 PM

Who is that hilarious blinking nitwit the Obama campaign put on camera?

Jaibones on October 7, 2008 at 1:27 PM

Sorry, but all of this “OMG … CNN?” talk is a little misplaced. I don’t know anything about television news and how a story like this gets to air, but a couple things are undeniable:

– They gave some Obama toady nearly as much time on camera as the own reporter, to refute the whole report,

– Anderson Cooper went far out of his way to attempt to discredit his own reporter, or at least to appear to undermine the whole point of the story. What’d he say? “So Obama worked with Ayers to help improve schools; so what?” Nice spin.

This isn’t exactly a hit piece. The reporter seemed way out on his own, here. Good for him.

Jaibones on October 7, 2008 at 1:36 PM

Article, Before Wright and Ayers there was Frank.

Dr Evil on October 7, 2008 at 1:54 PM

I don’t think it will get any traction. I agree with others. If the general economic climate was better, then perhaps.

I’m sorry but this is short-sighted. McCain could most certainly make The Obamanation’s connection to Ayers an economics issue.

Imagine this speech:

My friends, as we try to provide you with more information about Sen. Obama’s dubious ties to the likes of unrepentent domestic terrorist, Bill Ayers, and radical Leftist groups like ACORN, it is inevitable that his defenders will attempt to deflect your attention away from these relationships by stating that these are just smears, an attempt to distract you from the overwhelming issue that is front and center in the minds of all Americans – the economy. But this is most certainly not the case, since we believe that that these relationships – along with many others – provide clear examples of the dangers an Obama presidency poses to this country’s future economic well-being.

The overall health of the US economy is a complicated balancing act between private-sector freedom and govt oversight. As our nation’s current financial crisis is clearly illustrating, govt policies can – for good or for bad – have enormous effects on our financial markets. With this in mind, we need elected officials who have a clear understanding of how their political ideology and policies will interact with and effect our financial system; and not just in the short term of a year…or two years…or 10 year, but as regards the long-term effects that their ideology and policies will have on our country. We need officials with a keen respect for using the power of govt, as well as taxpayers’ money, in responsible and beneficial ways that will promote our economic well-being for generations to come.

Which brings us to the topic of Sen. Obama’s long relationship with Bill Ayers. Now, let me be absolutely clear about something before the media spin even begins – no one is claiming that Sen. Obama is a terrorist. And no one is claiming that Sen. Obama condones or is an apologist for terrorism, whether it be domestic or international, past or present. But what we are claiming is that Sen. Obama shares certain radically Leftist views with Bill Ayers and that those shared radical views found the two of them affiliated with and working with one another for the better part of ten years.

In 1995, Bill Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn – herself, a convicted terrorist – hosted Sen. Obama’s political “coming out” party in their own living room. Also, Bill Ayers was a co-founder of an organization called the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a foundation whose primary goal was the advancement and promotion of a radically Leftist educational agenda in the Chicago school system. Ayers was instrumental in getting Sen. Obama appointed as the Chairman of the CAC in 1995, despite the fact that corporate presidents were sitting board members of the CAC and Sen. Obama was a relatively young, inexperienced associate lawyer in Chicago.

so, what was it – exactly – that the CAC did? It provided funds to Chicago-area schools under the stipulation that said schools partner with CAC-approved “community organizations” like ACORN and the Developing Communities Project, both radical Leftist groups who were determined to push a radical educational agenda on both students and teachers. so in the end, what were the final results of Sen. Obama’s 5-year tenure as Chairman of the CAC? According to the CAC’s own report before the organization disbanded: “There were no statistically significant differences in student achievement between Annenberg schools and demographically similar non-Annenberg schools. This indicates that there was no Annenberg effect on achievement.” IOW, the result was nothing – nothing at all; unless you count the more than $100+ million in taxpayer money that was spent in funding the CAC’s efforts at indoctrinating children and teachers into a radical political ideology.

And there, in that last point, is the relevant truth. The primary purpose of this money wasn’t to improve students reading comprehension or math scores; it wasn’t meant to provide them with occupational training or more individualized attention; IOW, the money wasn’t meant to prepare students with the type of solid, fact-based educational experience that the future health of our country’s economy is dependent on. The primary purpose of the over $100 million of taxpayer money that was spent was to support an effort at indoctrinating Chicago’s children into the same far-left political ideology that Bill Ayers espouses – namely, that US is an evil country, with an evil history, and that it needs to be torn-apart at the seams so that it can be reorganized into a socialist paradise.

And Sen. Barack Obama worked with this man and the CAC in order to achieve this goal in the Chicago school system.

Now, does $100 million spent on this sort of nonsense bring to mind the phrase “sound economic principles”? Do Sen. Obama’s radical attempts at turning our nation’s school systems into political indoctrination centers sound like the activities of a man who has this country’s economic best interest at heart? It most certainly does not, as it sounds to me like Sen. Obama is man who cares more about spreading his radical political views to our nation’s children than he does about preparing them for their future roles as the stewards of our economic future.

But if that doesn’t convince you, let’s talk about another – more direct – example of Sen. Obama’s lack of judgement when it comes to the stability and prosperity of our nation’s economy. Let’s talk about his role as a “leadership trainer” with ACORN, and how the very “training” he provided this group is directly tied to the current financial meltdown that our country is enduring…

All of that, coupled with hitting him on Fannie and Freddie…Raines and Johnson…and contributions he’s received that were intended to keep everything just the way it has always been?

It would be devastating.

rvastar on October 7, 2008 at 1:56 PM

Bill Ayers, Terrorist and Socialist Authoritarian vs. “The Marine”

Written in March and perhaps already posted @ HotAir, the poem and letter from this Marine are legit, posted on the official website of the Arlington Cemetery. Corporal Gilbert’s parents presented it as a pictoral essay THE MARINE

By: Corporal Aaron M. Gilbert, US Marine Corps

We all came together,
Both young and old
To fight for our freedom,
To stand and be bold.

In the midst of all evil,
We stand our ground,
And we protect our country
From all terror around.

Peace and not war,
Is what some people say.
But I’ll give my life,
So you can live the American way.

I give you the right
To talk of your peace.
To stand in your groups,
and protest in our streets.

But still I fight on,
I don’t bitch, I don’t whine.
I’m just one of the people
Who is doing your time.

I’m harder than nails,
Stronger than any machine.
I’m the immortal soldier,
I’m a U.S. MARINE!

So stand in my shoes,
And leave from your home.
Fight for the people who hate you,
With the protests they’ve shown.

Fight for the stranger,
Fight for the young.
So they all may have,
The greatest freedom you’ve won.

Fight for the sick,
Fight for the poor
Fight for the cripple,
Who lives next door.

But when your time comes,
Do what I’ve done.
For if you stand up for freedom,
You’ll stand when the fight’s done.

March 23, 2003

So tonight during the debate, I’ll give a hoot for “The Marine” who wrote his dad:

March 23, 2003
Hey Dad,
Do me a favor and label this ‘The Marine’ and send it to everybody on your email list. Even leave this letter in it. I want this rolling all over the US; I want every home reading it. Every eye seeing it. And every heart to feel it. So can you please send this for me? I would but my email time isn’t that long and I don’t have much time anyway.
You know what Dad? I wondered what it would be like to truly understand what JFK said in His inaugural speech. ‘When the time comes to lay down my life for my country, I do not cower from this responsibility. I welcome it.’ Well, now I know. And I do. Dad, I welcome the opportunity to do what I do. Even though I have left behind a beautiful wife, and I will miss the birth of our first born child, I would do it 70 times over to fight for the place that God has made for my home. I love you all and I miss you very much. I wish I could be there when [she] has our baby, but tell her that I love her, and Lord willing, I will be coming home soon. Give Mom a great big hug from me and give one to yourself too.

The least we all can do is share the Marine’s word, and vote against any forces aligned with domestic terrorism that would effectively undo the point for which our entire military sacrifices: US Constitution.

maverick muse on October 7, 2008 at 2:03 PM

In a way, this is no different than the Obama commercials where his people lie their butts off and call socialized health care “too extreme” and “wrong” for him.

Ryan Gandy on October 7, 2008 at 2:04 PM


I’ve been working all day so I’m not completely up to speed to make any substantive comments, but…

A couple, two, three posters have concluded their remarks with the rallying cry of “let’s roll”.

I think its important that to point out that the reason that phrase is apropos today is that it’s now emblematic of an American’s realization that they are under attack by terrorists – Flight 93 on September 11th. – and their determination to stop it.

We are under attack today just as fiercely by the dark forces of the extreme left as we were by the jihadists. They seek to destroy the America that they do not agree with and impose their socialist, communist beliefs. The Wall Street meltdown can be directly traced back to the extreme left.

Let’s Roll…

Someone in the Obama camp who, when they weren’t paying attention and learned some straight-up history, must be thinking to themselves of the words of Yamamoto. Those words were absolutely correct in 1941 and, believe it or not, are just as true today:

“I’m afraid all we’ve done is to awaken a sleeping giant, and filled him with a terrible resolve.”

Ya’ll feeling like giants?

turfmann on October 7, 2008 at 2:24 PM

CNN: “What’s wrong with trying to improve schools with Bill Ayers?”

Did it improve schools? Or did it give Obama exposure and his supporters money? I understand the school’s didn’t benefit at all. No improvement. So what was the purpose?

And if Bill Ayers is such an upright citizen why is Obama hiding the relationship?

No CNN did not ask hard enough questions nor did they confront the Obama campaign with the obvious lies.

Not good enough.

petunia on October 7, 2008 at 2:47 PM

Should a child ever be called a “super predator?”
A panel at the University of Chicago debates the merits of the juvenile justice system
Children who kill are called “super predators,” “people with no conscience,” “feral pre-social beings”–and “adults.”
William Ayers, author of A Kind and Just Parent: The Children of Juvenile Court(Beacon Press, 1997), says “We should call a child a child. A 13-year-old who picks up a gun isn’t suddenly an adult. We have to ask other questions: How did he get the gun? Where did it come from?”
Ayers, who spent a year observing the Cook County Temporary Juvenile Detention Center in Chicago, is one of four panelists who will speak on juvenile justice at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in the C-Shop of the Reynolds Club, 5706 S. University Ave.
The panel, which marks the 100th anniversary of the juvenile justice system in the United States, is part of the Community Service Center’s monthly discussion series on issues affecting the city of Chicago.
The event is free and open to the public.
Ayers will be joined by Illinois State Sen. Barack Obama, Senior Lecturer in the University of Chicago Law School, who is working to block proposed legislation that would throw more juvenile offenders into the adult system; Randolph Stone, Director of the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic at the University of Chicago; Alex Correa, a reformed juvenile offender who spent 7 years in Cook County Temporary Detention Center; Frank Tobin, a former priest and teacher in the Detention Center who helped Correa; and Willy Baldwin, who grew up in public housing and is currently a teacher in the Detention Center.
The juvenile justice system was founded by Chicago reformer Jane Addams, who advocated the establishment of a separate court system for children which would act like a “kind and just parent” for children in crisis.
One hundred years later, the system is “overcrowded, under-funded, over-centralized and racist,” Ayers said.
Michelle Obama, Associate Dean of Student Services and Director of the University of Chicago Community Service Center, hopes bringing issues like this to campus will open a dialogue between members of the University community and the broader community.
“We know that issues like juvenile justice impact each of us who live in the city of Chicago. This panel gives community members and students a chance to hear about the juvenile justice system not only on a theoretical level, but from the people who have experienced it.”
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luckybogey on October 7, 2008 at 3:04 PM

CNN CYA, I wouldn’t read anything into it, they will be back in cheerleader mode after the debate tonight.

tarpon on October 7, 2008 at 3:19 PM

petunia on October 7, 2008 at 2:47 PM


The fact that Chicago Schools are worse off SINCE Bill Ayers authoritative radical socialist dominance matters. It’s a matter of record.

NYC now has the same record of student failure to read and success implementing illiteracy amongst the less privileged populace coerced by the same radical authoritative blueprint that Ayers used to win domination over Chicago’s school districts. Sol Stern exposes the record, “A Marshall Plan for Reading” published @ City Journal, Summer 2008.

maverick muse on October 7, 2008 at 3:42 PM

Question for tonight:

“After the extensive disclosures about your long and close working and political relationship with Bill Ayers, an admitted and unrepentant domestic terrorist, why did you attempt to mislead America by saying that Bill Ayers was ‘just a guy in my neighborhood’?”

And if you intentionally mislead the American people on a simple issue like this, why should they ever trust you on really important issues, like national security?

fred5678 on October 7, 2008 at 5:12 PM

All the American blood spilled in defense of the American Flag upon which that worthless scumbag Ayers happily tramples…

I can only wish he is afforded an opportunity to pay (slowly & painfully) a debt he owes to those who made the ultimate sacrifice to our nation…

pherrman on October 7, 2008 at 5:22 PM

McCain had better hit Obama long and hard on his ties, especially to Ayers. No matter what the question it should always come back around to terrorist ties.
Did you realize that If Barack Obama would apply for a job with the FBI or with the Secret Service, he would be disqualified because of his past association with William Ayers, a known terrorist.
If he is elected President he would not qualify to be
his own body guard!

stacman on October 7, 2008 at 5:48 PM

“Bill Ayers is just a guy in my neighborhood.”

Sure, and Mr. Rogers is just a guy who lives in King Friday’s neighborhood.

flataffect on October 7, 2008 at 6:42 PM


I’ll bet that Griffin will end up working for Fox News Channel.

flataffect on October 7, 2008 at 6:51 PM

What I cannot understand about the loud-mouth commie Ayers and his Bitch is the fact that they live in a freaking mansion (capitalists) and make oodles of money at their liberal university.

What the hell does “bourgeois” mean to these hypocrites when they put it down?

One of the definitions of bourgeois: dominated or characterized by materialistic pursuits or concerns.

I thought these two were avowed radical socialists. Hmmm.

Why does it seem that most socialists I seejust happen to be wealthy? Maybe they have an “inside track” and believe they will be part of the ruling class of a socialistic society and will reap the monetary rewards.

If these people lived according to their “beliefs”, they would live in huts and wear vegetation for clothing. What a bunch of losers.

13Girl on October 7, 2008 at 7:21 PM

It’s a good point that Obama doesn’t know how to cultivate alliances. Talking about attacking Pkstn is dumb.

Spirit of 1776 on October 7, 2008 at 10:12 PM

link above to a zipped file of the hour of the hannity show in AUDIO on obama and friends including ayers (as 6 ten minute segments)


below are links to the same hannity show on obama as VIDEO on youtube

parts 1 to 6



original directors cut of SNL skit on bailout with original censored captions

icemaniceman1111 on October 7, 2008 at 11:45 PM