Latest Right Wing Smear Falls Flat In Tying Obama to Ayers

Conservative columnist Stanley Kurtz has been trying hard to make something out of the rather trivial fact that Barack Obama was a member of a committee which also included 60’s radical William Ayers. In a column in The Wall Street Journal he has nothing beyond the provacative, but unsubstantiated, title Obama and Ayers Pushed Radicalism On Schools. As Jason Zengerle points out:

the evidence for that consists largely of scare quotes (“leadership,” “organized,” “external partners,” etc) and leaps of logic designed to substitute for actual evidence

Kurtz went through132 boxes, containing 947 file folders, a total of about 70 linear feet of material.” If, after making such a big deal of getting access to this information, today’s column is all Kurtz can come up with it is now quite clear that there is nothing to the smears on Obama involving Ayers.

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