Tuesday, 28 October 2008
THE OBAMA GRANT MONEY
Mainstream media have made it clear they have virtually no interest in
finding out where Barack Obama disbursed tens of millions, possibly over 100
million, dollars in educational grant money.
In the hope that you might feel a bit differently, here is a fact-filled
article from Fox News, which blows the lid off of this information -
information that the others are dilligently hiding from voters, at
least until the election results are in. The bold print is mine:
Obama's Education Groups Funded Controversial
Organizations in the '90s, Tax Returns Show
Barack Obama's boards gave tens of thousands to
ACORN and more than $1 million to racially charged organizations, a study of tax
By Maxim Lott
Monday, October 27, 2008
The Annenberg Challenge and the Woods Fund
of Chicago funded numerous controversial groups while Barack Obama served on
their boards between 1995 and 2002, an analysis of their tax returns
In 2001, when Obama was a part-time director of
The Woods Fund of Chicago, it gave $75,000 to ACORN, the voter
registration group now under investigation for voter fraud in 12
The Woods Fund also gave $6,000 to the
Rev. Jeremiah Wright's Trinity United Church of Christ, which Obama
attended. The reason for the donation to the church is unclear -- it is simply
listed as "for special purposes" in the group's IRS tax form.
It gave a further $60,000 to the Children
and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University, which was founded and run
by Bernardine Dohrn, the wife of domestic terrorist William Ayers and, with her
husband, a former member of the 1960s radical group the Weather
Other controversial donations that year
included $50,000 to the Small Schools Network -- which was founded by
Ayers and run by Michael Klonsky, a friend of Ayers' and the former chairman of
the Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist), an offshoot of the 1960s
radical group Students for a Democratic Society -- and $40,000 to the
Arab American Action Network, which critics have accused of being
The Woods Fund did not respond to
questions about the funding.
When Obama co-chaired the Chicago
Annenberg Challenge, which calls itself "a public-private partnership
improving education for 1.5 million urban and rural public school students," it
gave to some of the same groups -- partnering with ACORN to manage funding for
schools and giving over $1 million to the Small Schools
It also gave nearly $1 million to a group
called the South Shore African Village Collaborative, whose goals,
according to Annenberg's archived Web site, are "to develop more collegial
relationships between teachers and principals. Professional development topics
include school leadership, team building, parent and community involvement,
developing thematic units, instructional strategies, strategic planning, and
distance learning and teleconferencing."
But the group mentions other goals in its grant
application to the Annenberg Challenge:
"Our children need to understand the historical
context of our struggles for liberation from those forces that seek to destroy
us," one page of the application reads.
Click here to see the
Stanley Kurtz, a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and
Public Policy Center, found the collaborative's original application when going
through Annenberg's archives.
Asked to comment, Yvonne
Williams-Kinnison, executive director of the collaborative's parent group, the
Coalition for Improved Education in South Shore said, "I don't want to put more
fuel on the fire. You can call us back after the election.... I don't
want to compromise the position."
Late Afrocentrist scholars Jacob Carruthers and
Asa Hilliard were both invited to give SSAVC teachers a training session, the
Chicago Annenberg Challenge noted in a report, adding that the "consciousness
raising session ... received rave reviews, and has prepared the way for the
curriculum readiness survey session."
But Carruthers has been a controversial figure
because of inflammatory statements he made in writing.
"The submission to Western civilization and its
most outstanding offspring, American civilization, is, in reality, surrender to
white supremacy," Carruthers wrote in his 1999 book, "Intellectual Warfare."
"Some of us have chosen to reject the culture of our oppressors and recover our
disrupted ancestral culture."
In the book, he compared the process of blacks
assimilating into American culture with rape.
"We may not be able to get our virginity back
after the rape, but we do not have to marry the rapist," Carruthers
Hilliard has come under fire for advocating what
many consider an extreme Afrocentric curriculum.
He selected the articles for the "African-American
Baseline Essays" published in 1987 and first used in the Portland, Ore., school
district. The essays have been criticized
for claiming, among other things, that ancient Egyptians were the first to
discover manned flight and the theory of evolution.
An Obama spokesman called investigation of
these ties "pathetic."
"This is another pathetic attempt by FOX
News to distract voters from the economic challenges facing this nation by
patching together tenuous links to smear Barack Obama," Obama spokesman Ben
LaBolt told FOXNews.com.
"The Annenberg Challenge was a bipartisan
organization dedicated to improving the performance of students and teachers in
Chicago Public Schools that was funded by a Republican philanthropist who was
friends with President Reagan and launched by Republican Gov. Jim
But Kurtz says those founders of the Annenberg
Challenge would not have known the details about to whom their Chicago office --
one of 18 around the country -- was giving money.
"If you read Ayers' proposal to Annenberg, it
doesn't sound radical. But if you actually read Ayers' education writings, they
are very radical indeed," Kurtz said. "Ayers, like so many other savvy
professors, knows enough not to state his actual views frankly when applying for
money. But you can find the truth in his writings."
The controversial donations make up only a small
portion of the overall amount doled out by the Annenberg and Woods funds. The
Woods Fund gave over $3.5 million to 115 different groups in 2001, and the
Annenberg Chellenge dispensed nearly $11 million to 63 groups at its height in
Most of the groups are mainstream and well
respected, ranging from the Jazz Institute of Chicago to the Successful Schools
But Kurtz says that this should not obscure what
he describes as controversial donations.
"If John McCain had given to white
supremacist groups and people said, 'Hey, the majority of funding didn't go to
supremacist groups' -- that wouldn't even cut the ice," Kurtz
"I feel certain [Obama] knew about these
radical groups," Kurtz said. "We know that he read the applications because he
made statements about the quality of proposals."
I especially love that one-size-fits-all attack on Fox for daring to expose
Barack Obama's actions.
When it comes to reporting BOTH sides, it seems to me that Fox is doing at
least a creditable job. Unless, of course, "fair and balanced" means
suppressing information that would be damaging to one of the candidates to
maximize his chances of winning the election. If that's what it means,
NBC, CBS and, to a slightly lesser degree, ABC are doing a far better job
THE NEW YORK TIMES VERSION OF FAIR AND BALANCED
Today's lead story in the New York Times is about senator Ted Stevens.
Its headline is SENATOR IS GUILTY OVER HIS FAILURES TO DISCLOSE GIFTS (yes,
unlike any other headline on the front page, this one is entirely in capital
Stevens, from Alaska (population 670,000), was convicted on 7 counts of
corruption involving a total of about $250,000.
But this is not the only major political corruption story today.
Kwame Kilpatrick, the former Mayor of Detroit (population 919,000) who
resigned in disgrace just last month, is starting his jail sentence today.
Kilpatrick is convicted of two felony counts of obstruction of justice. He
has to pay restitution of $1,000,000 (or as much of it as he can scrape up,
after spending tons of money on lavish personal excesses). It is estimated that
this case has cost Detroit $14,000,000.
You may have noticed that I didn't mention the New York Times headline for
the article telling readers about kwame kilpatrick going to jail today.
That is because there is none.
It isn't the lead story. It isn't the page 1 story. It isn't
buried somewhere else in the news section. There isn't any story at
all. If you read the New York Times you do not know that this is
Oh, did I mention that kilpatrick was a huge Barack Obama supporter? I
wonder if that has anything to do with the Times burying this story completely,
even as it gives the Alaska Senator lead story status.
Remind me: where is Sarah Palin from?
CONFIRMED: LA TIMES HAS VIDEO OF OBAMA LOVE-FEST WITH ANTI-SEMITES -- AYERS & DOHRN THERE TOO
There is a tape
of Barack Obama wining and dining with the most viciously anti-Semitic,
anti-Israel forces imaginable.
On it, Mr. Obama sits by acceptingly as they bash Israel one after the other,
and accepts great praise from a Jew-hating, Israel-hating "professor" who
wholeheartedly endorses him for the US Senate.
And Mr. Obama warmly toasts the anti-Semitic Israel hating
professor, while gushing about how close they are.
This is not a fantasy. It is not a joke. This happened and there
is a video tape of it. How do I know? The LA Times has acknowledged
it has a copy.
It is almost impossible to believe a major newspaper would have this tape,
but intentionally not release it so that voters would be ignorant of what
it shows before making their decision on election day.
That's right, it is almost impossible. Not completely.
Because that is exactly what is happening. Read this
incredible, fully referenced piece from www.gatewaypundit.blogspot.com
and see for yourself:
Holds Video Of Barack Obama Attending Jew-Bash & Toasting a Former PLO
Operative... Refuse to Release the Video!
Introduction: The LA Times is holding a video
that shows Barack Obama celebrating with a group of Palestinians who are openly
hostile towards Israel. Barack Obama even gives a toast to a former PLO
operative at this celebration. If the American public saw this side of Barack
Obama he would never be elected president.
But, the media refuses to release
LA Times writer Peter Wallsten wrote about
Barack Obama's close association with former Palestinian operative Rashid Khalidi back in
Wallsten discussed a dinner held back in 2003 in honor of Khalidi, a
critic of Israel and advocate for Palestinian rights.
Obama has denied his close association with Khalidi, too.
According to Wallsten the
evening not surprisingly turned into a classic Jew-bash:
"During the dinner a young Palestinian
American recited a poem accusing the Israeli government of terrorism in its
treatment of Palestinians and sharply criticizing U.S. support of Israel. If
Palestinians cannot secure their own land, she said, "then you will never see
a day of peace."Barack Obama also
praised the former PLO operative during the
One speaker likened "Zionist settlers on the West
Bank" to Osama bin Laden, saying both had been "blinded by
And, Obama confessed that his family often
shared dinner with the Khalidis:
His many talks with the Khalidis, Obama
said, had been "consistent reminders to me of my own blind spots and my own
biases... It's for that reason that I'm hoping that, for many years to come,
we continue that conversation -- a conversation that is necessary not just
around Mona and Rashid's dinner table," but around "this entire
world."Khalidi and the Obamas were great friends in Chicago and often shared
...The event was videotaped, and a copy of the tape was
obtained by The Times.
By the way, Khalidi was also
best friends with Bill Ayers.
Terrorist Bill Ayers---
Barack Obama--- Jew-hater Rashid Khalidi
Wednesday I talked with Peter Wallsten from the Los Angeles
Times about the article on Obama and Khalidi:
Wallston was one of the few mainstream
media reporters to report on this radical Obama associate.So, there you have it.
said that the article was written after he watched video taken at the Khalidi
going away party. When I asked him about the video he said that as far as he
was concerned he was through with the story.
I asked him if he was
planning on releasing this video of Obama toasting the radical Khalidi at this
Jew-bash. He told me he was not releasing the video. He also would not comment
on his source for the video. Wallston also said he did not know if Khalidi's
good friend Bill Ayers was at the event or not.
The LA Times has
video of Obama toasting a former PLO operative at a Jew-bash but will not
release the video.
This is outrageous.
Obviously, this video would do
great damage to Obama who struggles with Jewish voters due to his circle of close anti-Semitic friends.
this is the reason it is not being released?
Not only does Barack Obama's church of 20 years support Hamas and Hezbollah but Barack Obama also has a longtime close friendship and
financial association with suspected former PLO operative and Israel hater
Earlier this month Sean Hannity
dared to report on Barack and Michelle Obama's radical associate and friend,
funnelled thousands of dollars of
cash to Rashidi's anti-Israel
Foundation through his work on the Woods Fund.
2000, Rashid Khalidi, a former PLO operative who justified
Palestinian terrorism as contributing to "political enlightenment," threw a fundraiser for his friend Barack Obama.
Although he is described as a former
PLO operative, via Free Republic, this is what Rashid Khalidi has to say about Palestinian terrorism
against Jews-- he said anti-Israel violence contributed to "political
On Palestinian violence. Khalidi
glorifies anti-Israel violence as contributing to political
enlightenment[vii] and unsurprisingly admires those who carry it out. His
loyalty to Palestinian terrorist groups run so deep that he actually dedicated
his 1986 valentine to the PLO, Under Siege, to those who gave their lives . .
. in defense of the cause of Palestine and independence of Lebanon.[viii] The
book whitewashes PLO violence against Israelis and Lebanese, as well as the
Syrian occupation. Khalidi and Ayers were practically best friends.
And, both Ayers and Obama signed the commemorative
book given to Khalidi at
his going away party:
In Chicago, the Khalidis founded the
Arab American Action Network, and Mona Khalidi served as its president. A big
farewell dinner was held in their honor by AAAN with a commemorative book
filled with testimonials from their friends and political allies. These
included the left wing anti-war group Not In My Name, the Electronic Intifada,
and the ex-Weatherman domestic terrorists Bernadine Dohrn and
Bill Ayers. (There were also testimonials from then-state
Senator Barack Obama and the mayor of Chicago.)It's hard to imagine that the LA Times would hold onto a
video of Sarah Palin praising an anti-Semitic radical and former PLO
But, that is today's mainstream media.
has more on this radical friend of Barack and Michelle
** Obama's Fancied the Chicago Terror Gang-- Partied With
Bombers & Former PLO Operative ** Jewish Voters Confront Barack Obama On His Close
Association with Former PLO Operative Rashid Khalidi** LA Times Won't Release Video of Obama Publicly Praising
Former PLO Operative & Jew Hater Media Refuses to Release Video of Obama
Toasting & Praising Close Friend Rashid Khalidi--
UPDATE: There's more-- Debbie Schlussel gave Wallsten information.
Would this affect the level of support Barack Obama currently enjoys among
Jewish voters? Supporters of Israel in general? People who are
concerned that Obama has significant ties to terrorists?
Yes, yes and yes.
So why is Mr. Wallsten steadfastly refusing to make the tape available?
Why isn't the LA Times insisting that he do so?
Why is the paper suppressing this absolutely devastating tape?
Why aren't other supposedly neutral media demanding its release?
Do they even care about what this tape shows? What it might mean for
Israel if Mr. Obama is elected?
How far are they willing to go to elect Barack Obama President?
JEREMIAH WRIGHT. FINALLY
One of my biggest problems with John McCain is his disturbing propensity for
making inexplicable decisions and then doggedly sticking to them. One
of the most damaging examples is that, months ago, he decided Barack Obama's
umbilical ties to jeremiah wright were off-limits for his campaign.
Why? I dare you to give me even one good reason.
jeremiah wright is a racist, separatist hater. Obama proactively
selected his church and stayed in it for almost 20 years without so much as a
peep of protest about anything he said or did. This included standing at
his religious pulpit and screaming that our country is the "US KKK of
America", screaming "God DAMN America", and screaming the
suggestion that we brought 9/11 on ourselves.-- all to a raucus, cheering
Yet Obama called wright his spiritual mentor, named his first book after one
of wright's sermons and subjected his two young daughters to wright's racism and
hatred their entire lives --- until it was politically damaging to do so, that
Well, if Mr. McCain can't find a reason to remind voters of Mr. Obama's
association with wright, others can. Here is an ad from The National
Republican Trust PAC (www.GOPtrust.com)
which has started airing in a number of battleground states. See what you
think of it (if you have trouble seeing the video, just click here
Asking again: Why hasn't McCain done this throughout his campaign?
If he had, instead of flashing that winning ear-to-ear grin, Mr. Obama
would have spent months trying to defend his indefensible relationship with
wright. What a difference that would have made.
The old saying is "better late than never" Unfortunately for Mr.
McCain, too late is no better than never. He better hope
that the people who understood the importance of wright as an issue far more
than he did are not too late.
POLITICO.COM: WE'RE BIASED. SO WHAT?
Well, at least they're honest about their journalistic dishonesty.
Here are excerpts from an article
I found at www.yahooo.com, which was
written by Jim Vandehei and John F. Harris of www.politico.com. It sums up a reality
I have been talking about for months. Please pay special attention to the
segment I've put in bold print:
Why McCain is getting hosed in the
Politico political editor Charles Mahtesian was
e-mailing the other day with a Republican lobbyist who signed off with a plea
that sounded more like a taunt: Keep it balanced.
A reader e-mailed us with the same sentiment in
different language. Are you f***ing joking! Your bias has stooped to an
all-time low. Wait, it will probably get worse as election day nears. Those
asterisks, by the way, are hers, not ours.
And get a load of this one, from someone in
Rochester, N.Y., who did not like our analysis of the final presidential debate. You guys are
awfully tough on McCain. There may be some legitimacy to the claim of press
We were all set to dismiss Harris mother as a
crank. Same for VandeHeis: a conservative dismayed by what she sees as
kid-glove treatment of Barack
Obama. Then along came a study funded by the prestigious Pew Research Center, no less
suggesting at first blush, at least, that they may be on to
The Project for Excellence in Journalisms
researchers found that John
McCain, over the six weeks since the Republican convention, got four
times as many negative stories as positive ones. The study found six out of 10
McCain stories were negative.
Whats more, Obama had more than twice as many
positive stories (36 percent) as McCain and just half the percentage of
negative (29 percent).
You call that balanced?
OK, lets just get this over with: Yes, in
the closing weeks of this election, John McCain and Sarah Palin are getting hosed in the press, and at
And, yes, based on a combined 35 years in
the news business wed take an educated guess nothing so scientific as a Pew
study that Obama will win the votes of probably 80 percent or more of
journalists covering the 2008 election. Most political journalists we know are
centrists instinctually skeptical of ideological zealotry but with at least
a mild liberal tilt to their thinking, particularly on social
researcher Alex Burns pulled
out his highlighter pen and did his own study of Politico's October stories last
week: 110 stories advanced a narrative that was more favorable to Obama than
McCain. Sixty-nine did the opposite.
Our daily parlor game (which some readers, alas,
seem to take a bit more solemnly than we do) declaring who won the day has
awarded the day to Obama by a 2-to-1 margin. Its doubtful even McCain would say
hes had more good days than that.
Responsible editors would be foolish not to ask
themselves the bias question, especially in the closing days of an election.
But, having asked it, our sincere answer is that
of the factors driving coverage of this election and making it less enjoyable
for McCain to read his daily clip file than for Obama ideological favoritism
ranks virtually nil.
The main reason is that for most journalists,
professional obligations trump personal preferences. Most political reporters
(investigative journalists tend to have a different psychological makeup) are
temperamentally inclined to see multiple sides of a story, and being detached
from their own opinions comes relatively easy.
Reporters obsess about personalities and process,
about whose staff are jerks or whether they seem like decent folks, about who
has a great stump speech or is funnier in person than they come off in public,
about whether Michigan is in play or off the table. This is the flip side of the
fact of how much we care about the horse race we dont care that much
about our own opinions of which candidate would do more for world peace or tax
If that causes skeptics to scoff, perhaps they
would find it more satisfying to hear that the reason ideological bias matters
so little is that other biases matter so much more.
McCains decision to limit media access and align
himself with the GOP
conservative base was an entirely routine, strategic move for a presidential
candidate. But much of the coverage has portrayed this as though it were an
Since then the media often presumes bad faith on
McCains part. The best evidence of this has been the intense focus on the
negative nature of his ads, when it is clear Obama has been similarly negative
in spots he airs on radio and in swing states.
It is not our impression that many reporters are
rooting for Obama personally. To the contrary, most colleagues on the trail
weve spoken with seem to find him a distant and undefined figure. But he has
benefited from the idea that negative attacks that in a normal campaign would be
commonplace in this year would carry an out-of-bounds racial subtext. Thats why
Obamas long association with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright was basically a nonissue in the
Journalists hair-trigger racial sensitivity may
have been misplaced, but it was not driven by an ideological tilt. .
In case there was anyone left who doubted the extreme media bias in this
election, that should clear it up nicely.