You Don’t Need a Weatherman to Know Which Way the Wind Blows

Maybe when Sarah Palin claimed that she reads most, all, and any of the newspapers that are in front of her, she only meant the comic strips, because it’s funny how she concluded that “Obama is pallin’ around with terrorists” after reading an article from this weekend’s New York Times. CNN reported that:

The New York Times article cited by Palin concluded that “the two men do not appear to have been close. Nor has Mr. Obama ever expressed sympathy for the radical views and actions of Mr. Ayers.” Other publications, including the Washington Post, Time magazine, the Chicago Sun-Times, The New Yorker and The New Republic, have said that their reporting doesn’t support the idea that Obama and Ayers had a close relationship.

I guess Governor Palin hasn’t read these other newspapers and magazines yet.

The CNN Fact Check verdict for Palin’s claim is as follows:

Verdict: False.There is no indication that Ayers and Obama are now “palling around,” or that they have had an ongoing relationship in the past three years. Also, there is nothing to suggest that Ayers is now involved in terrorist activity or that other Obama associates are.

I also worry that poor Sarah was absent from school on the day that she was supposed to learn that adding an “s” to the end of a word means that there is more than one. I’m sure that the good Governor would be SO embarrassed to learn that she accidentally suggested that Obama is pallin’ around with two or more terrorists. Whoops!  That’s ok, Gov, we know you are just trying your best!

It looks as though the McCain camp is going to go full-speed ahead with the Ayers story. Perhaps this is their October Surprise, or at least one of them.

18 responses to “You Don’t Need a Weatherman to Know Which Way the Wind Blows

  1. True, Obama and Ayers only worked together for close to decade. That precludes the idea that it was solely a casual and friendly relationship.

    Of course if Palin is wrong about “palling” then the NY Times is wrong about the “sporadic” nature of Obama’s relationship with the terrorist Ayers.

    Please, let’s parse each word and seek the unpleasant truths.

  2. Ok, so based on your and CNN’s bunking, we can modify Palin’s assertion to say:

    He did pal around with a terrorist, but it was only one and it was, like, at least 3 years ago.

    Wow! What a ringing defense of our would-be next President.

  3. yikes, change “bunking” to “debunking”

  4. Perhaps illiteracy is a pervasive trait among Republicans, not just their leaders. Jonolan and Sonic Charmer both failed to read closely enough to understand that five major publications “have all said that their reporting doesn’t support the idea that Obama and Ayers had a close relationship.”

  5. joshanderson,

    It’s not a matter of illiteracy; it’s matter of actually doing one’s research into an issue and not just believing what the horribly biased MSM spews forth.

    Intelligence encompasses for more than just literacy. It also encompasses logical and independent thought, which is something that neither political campaign endorses but only Obama’s campaign has actively tried to stifle.

  6. Jonolan: Yes, the MSM is incredibly biased, but aside from Fox News, they are really only biased towards anything that ups their viewership and makes them more money. That can be a right or left bias depending on the day. And as far as doing your research, any sources can be accused of bias, so what makes your sources any better than Josh’s? Because you like what they say?

    BTW, the worst bias I have ever seen in MSM is Fox News. It’s so biased towards the right that I actually spit my milk out the other morning when I tried to watch it because I was laughing so hard.

    Also, could you please point me to some examples of Obama’s campaign trying to stifle independent thought? The only stifling of independent thought I’ve seen recently is the Patriot Act.

  7. Sounds great, jonolan, can you provide some links to some material that you believe support your position? I’d also like to ask that you provide the explanation for how the research you present is more correct than the research presented by the six major publications who have concluded that there is no significant connection; not just a broad condemnation of the publications themselves, but an analysis of how your conclusions are more correct than theirs. Thanks!

  8. Odd that you think the fact that I draw my own conclusions from reported, public-domain facts, rather than simply letting this or that “major publication” dictate what my interpretation of facts should be, somehow makes me “illiterate”.

  9. Sonic Charmer: Again, please provide some links to your “reported, public domain facts.” I have yet to see a website that isn’t biased in SOME way.

  10. Again, as in…Josh just asked Jonolan for the same thing. Trouble understanding?

    Anyway, where are the links? Are you coming back with them soon?

  11. Say this with an extreme Northern accent: Gosh darn it, where are the links? Oh, golly gee.

  12. I don’t understand why you keep asking for “links”. See post 10.

  13. Sonic,

    Your initial charge was that Obama “did pal around with terrorists.”

    You linked to a story that says “A review of records of the schools project and interviews with a dozen people who know both men, suggest that Mr. Obama, 47, has played down his contacts with Mr. Ayers, 63. But the two men do not appear to have been close. Nor has Mr. Obama ever expressed sympathy for the radical views and actions of Mr. Ayers, whom he has called “somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was 8.”

    So, ya, you didn’t provide any links to prove your point. In fact, they prove ours.

    We appreciate it!

  14. I keep asking for links because no one has posted any yet. Post 10 doesn’t have any. Josh: You are right…it’s pervasive!!!

  15. joshanderson, the point you’re trying to make just ends up begging the question of what “palling around” means, which is – after all – a subjective and fuzzy term rather than an objective, precisely-defined one. Your ‘charge’ against Palin, such as it is, then ends up being that she should have said something like “associates with” or “has contacts with” rather than “palling around”. Oooooh!! WAHT A LIAR!!!!11 I mean, you might/might not have an interesting & fair point there but even if so this removes most of the teeth from the charge.

    backpacktwang, post #10 has a link in it. Check again.

  16. It must not be showing up on my computer (weird). Can you post it as just regular text and then I’ll just type it in?

  17. Barack Obama is a Communist, plain and simple. He chose William C. Ayers as the man most suitable to launch his political carreer when he ran for senate. Ayers is a terrorist, communist and phsycopath. He is one of the founders of the Weather undergound a.k.a. The Weahtermen. In 1969 and 1970 Ayers was involved in many bombings some of which left people dead, and one bombing was of our own pentagon. The weathemen belived that the government as we know it should be overthrown and turned to a COMMUNIST country. Communism is when the government controlls everyday life and actions. What you do for a job where you live, what you do with your spare time….everything. communism in this country sprouts from a group of people that believe the rest of us Americans are incapable of making our own decisions and leading our own lives so they believe that they should do it for us!!! William
    C. Ayers is one of 11 people that wrote and signed the position paper that outlined what they believed would be neccesary to turn the USA communist. They were to take over education (Ayers is now a “distinguished professor” at the university of Illinois) take over the judicial system (think of all the left wing judges that sue people for shooting a man that robbed from his home!!!!) and to take over public office ( the house and senate are both majority lead by the left and now Obama is one of the final steps!!!!) this great nation is under a trance! Everyone is so concerned with health care benifits and taxes that nobody is paying any attention to the underlying inpending death of our country as we know it!!! Please help me, read everything you can and tell everyone you know to do the same. We cannot let this maniac into office. If we do we have only ourselves to blame!!

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