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Op-Ed: Now They're Trying To Paint Palin As Racist

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Oct 5, 2008 - Op-Ed: Shame on American 'Exceptionalism' - 44 comments
The Associated Press, in an analysis piece regarding Sarah Palin's attacks on the character of Barack Obama, has labeled her a racist.
Palin was quoted as saying that Obama "palls around with terrorists", referring to his connections to noted Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers. Ayers is unrepentant for his actions during the Vietnam era, has even stated that they didn't do enough when this terror group was active.
The AP article claims that Obama's relationship with Ayers is exaggerated at best, and tries to excuse their association despite that fact that they worked together on community boards, and that Ayers hosted a fundraiser for Obama early in his career.
Obama claims he denounces Ayers for his actions and political views. But one must question the sincerity of Obama's denunciations, as they always seem to come only after a story regarding his associations seems to become a sticky situation, from which he needs to extricate himself. Reference Jeremiah Wright, with whom Obama had a twenty-plus year relationship. In all the time he belonged to the First United Church of Christ in Chicago, Obama claims he never heard Wright spew the vitriolic hatred of America recorded and sold for not only members of the congregation to see, but for anyone else who might wish to view it. Obama would have us believe he sat in the pews of that church week after week, and never witnessed Wright's tirades.
Many of us don't buy it, including the McCain campaign, and we also don't buy that Obama's relationship with Ayers was so casual as to be non-existent. But apparently that is what the Associated Press would have us believe.
Sarah Palin's role in the remaining month of this election is to go on the offensive as the attack barracuda. Part of this is pointing out Obama's dealings with unsavory characters, and his cozying up with those who hate America and all it stands for. She has indicated that because of these associations, Obama does not see the same America that the rest of us see.
The AP has taken those words and twisted their meaning to imply that she is referring to his race.
The AP article states "Palin's words avoid repulsing voters with overt racism. But is there another subtext for creating the false image of a black presidential nominee "palling around" with terrorists while assuring a predominantly white audience that he doesn't see their America?...Whether intended or not by the McCain campaign, portraying Obama as "not like us" is another potential appeal to racism. It suggests that the Hawaiian-born Christian is, at heart, un-American."
Isn't it interesting that in that last sentence, the AP goes out of its way to point out that Obama is Hawaiian-born (there are still unanswered questions regarding his birth certificate), and Christian (if you call black liberation theology Christianity, not to mention his undeniable Muslim background).
To paint Palin as covertly racist by reminding Americans of Obama's questionable relationships is patently absurd, and highlights the fact that the mainstream media is in the tank for Obama, and will help him use the race card to fend off any legitimate criticism of him.
The Associated Press should be ashamed of itself.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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