Ed Driscoll

Sweet Memory Hole, Chicago

“There’s a wealth of information that would help define Obama just waiting — and waiting — for the press to discover”, Abraham H. Miller writes, in a piece titled Obama’s Chicago Secrets“:

But maybe CNN and the rest of the electronic media won’t send anyone to Chicago because it is blowing its investigative budget flying reporters to Alaska to explore why anyone would fire a public safety director who refused to dismiss a state trooper who tasered a twelve year old boy — a trooper who was reported to be drunk while on duty, and who allegedly threatened someone’s life. Now, there is a story we all can believe in — “Troopergate.”

Obama gets a pass because nothing is more important to the electronic media than getting Obama elected. Obama gets a pass on Bill Ayers because, at some level, most of the people in the media business can identify with what Ayers did. That’s why they won’t even mention the Weather Underground’s planned bombing of the Fort Dix dance. That’s why the name “Diana Oughton,” the naïve girl who became Ayers’ revolutionary partner and lover and who blew herself up in the Manhattan townhouse bomb factory, is never mentioned in any report on Ayers. This despite Diana’s story being well known, as a result of award-winning journalist Thomas Power’s book, Diana: The Making of a Terrorist.

Let’s face reality: If Bill Ayers had been blowing up black churches and belonged to some neo-Nazi organization, do you think his long-time association with someone who might be the next president would be so cavalierly dismissed? Do you think that Dean Stanley Fish of the University of Illinois would consider penning a letter on behalf of some non-repentant neo-Nazi? Imagine if that neo-Nazi had said: “I did not do enough bombings. I did not kill enough blacks.”

The left is so wrapped up in its own high-minded sophistry that it is incapable of distinguishing between being self-righteous and being politically obscene. There is no difference between fascism and communism. They are two sides of the same totalitarian currency. They lead to the same excesses. Yet, communism is palatable to the point of being chic, while fascism is appropriately despised.

The Molotov-Ribbentrop pact was as natural an alliance as one between Britain and the United States. The media’s failure to see Ayers as indistinguishable from the terrorists who bombed the Birmingham Church is a poignant and terrible commentary on where journalism — especially electronic journalism – is today.

Bias exists not only in the obvious such as what we are told and how it is told to us, but also in what we are not told.

As the electronic media plows its resources into examining Sarah Palin’s wardrobe and repeats Democratic talking points as news, more important subjects for real investigative reporters are ignored. What was Obama’s role in Rezko’s pay-for-play scheme? What did Rezko expect in return for the $300,000 subsidy for Obama’s Hyde Park mansion? What is Rezko now telling the federal prosecutor?

Also, is it merely coincidental that Weather Underground leader Bernardine Dohrn (Mrs. William Ayers) worked at the same law firm as Michelle Obama? How far back does the relationship with William Ayers go and how close is it? And does the relationship stem from both seeing America through similar ideological prisms, one based on hate, and the other — as Michelle Obama so clearly articulated — based on shame?

Don’t hold your breath for answers.

Don’t worry, the media will apologize for not doing what was once thought of as its job.

After their man crosses the finish line next week.