Jerome Corsi, who co-authored the 2004 Swift Boat classic "Unfit for Command" that helped scuttle the SS Kerry is back for Barack. The NY Times reviews the effort. Shorter - there are a few mistakes, so ignore the whole thing. How did that strategy work when the Times covered for Kerry?
Yes, surprisingly, the Times did cover for Kerry in 2004 (Hmm, if I quickly cite a couple of laughable Times errors and omissions will that invalidate their coverage the way a few errors invalidated Corsi's book?)
We know that the mainstream media covered for John Edwards in the fall of 2007.
So what are the odds that the Times will run down any of the charges against Obama from the new Corsi book?
Glenn Reynolds has been wondering what other secrets the media is sitting on and what other stories they are not pursuing that might damage Obama. I have a nominee.
Just prior to the Pennsylvania primary Barack Obama was asked at a Democratic debate about his relationship with unrepentant Weatherman Bill Ayers. Obama pretended that he was only casually acquainted with Ayers, describing him as "a guy who lives in my neighborhood, who's a professor of English in Chicago...". Hilary provided a bracing corrective, reminding people that the two men had served on a charitable board together, the Woods Fund of Chicago.
And yet! All of these hard-working professionals gave Obama a pass for a very casual relationship with Ayers, citing the charitable board, some joint panel appearances, and a fund-raiser hosted by Ayers. The Barack Obama web site produced a classic of non-disclosure which confirmed these points but added nothing.
None of these sleuths discovered that there was quite a bit more to the story. Barack Obama and Bil Ayers worked together for several years on the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, an educational reform group co-founded in 1995 by Bill Ayers and chaired by Barack Obama. How did Obama forget this? Possibly because the group's effort at public school reform were a failure.
And how did Ayers happen to tap Obama for the chairmanship of this group? Probably because they became acquainted in 1987, before Obama headed off to Harvard, in an earlier go at Chicago school reform.
So Obama has a relationship with Ayers that can be documented from 1995 and almost surely came into being in 1987. Jerome Corsi mentions the Annenberg Challenge in his book - any guesses as to whether Media Matters, the Times, or the WaPo will fact-check that? Obama either lied (by ommisison) or had an absurdly hazy memory at the debate and in the web-site follow-up - any chance the media will wonder what he is hiding and why?