NY Times School of Falsification? Is the National Paper of Record Helping the Obama Campaign Rewrite History?

This amazingly Obama-friendly story appears in the Times on Sunday. It is artfully done and appears to be a tailor made PR response to my original post Who “Sent” Obama? It weaves “some of the facts that are fit to print” into a facially persuasive alternative story of the Senator’s rise to political prominence on the south side of Chicago in the 1990s.

But the full story does not appear in the Times. Here is a letter I sent off tonight to one of the co-authors that touches on just a few of the key points that ought to be considered when reading the Times piece:

I read your story on the south side connections of Senator Obama with great interest. I was struck by several missing pieces in the story but the most obvious was your failure to reconcile the appointment of Senator Obama as Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge in 1995. 


This $50 million program was designed by William Ayers. It is, therefore, hard to imagine that Obama only met Ayers when they held the “meet and greet” at their home in late 1995, as you report Obama aides say. I believe that the relationship is older than that. An interesting question to ask – as I have on my blog (globallabor.blogspot.com) is why a 30 something unknown lawyer would be appointed to such a prestigious position? I suggest that it is because the relationship between Ayers and Obama is older than 1995 – as you suggest they worked on educational issues. They were both active in school reform as far back as 1987-88 in Chicago.

The other unanswered connections that stand out include: 1) why do you not mention that Judson Miner was law school classmates (U. Chicago 1967) with Bernardine Dohrn? and 2) that Miner was a leading antiwar activist at that time as was Dohrn….

Nonetheless, I think your story will certainly stir the pot.

Obama’s Pragmatic Politics, Forged on the South Side – New York Times