The Associated Press came out swinging hard on Obama’s behalf today when it called Palin a racist in response to her comments that Obama pals around with terrorists and doesn’t see America the way we do:
By claiming that Democrat Barack Obama is “palling around with terrorists” and doesn’t see the U.S. like other Americans, vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin targeted key goals for a faltering campaign.
And though she may have scored a political hit each time, her attack was unsubstantiated and carried a racially tinged subtext that John McCain himself may come to regret.
No her comments are not racially tinged. She called him a radical and a socialist who doesn’t agree with our view of American exceptionalism, but of course they don’t hear that in her comments. Because she dares to question his judgment in who he chooses to associate with, the Associated (with Obama) Press to goes out of its way to paint her and anyone else who does the same as a racist. Yes, 2008 is the year journalism died.
Jonah Goldberg calls the AP’s analysis that Palin’s comments were racially tinged “outrageously asinine”:
The analysis falls apart according to its own logic since Daniel admits that the McCain campaign’s strategy is hardly different than Republican tactics of previous campaigns. Daniel more or less concedes this, but argues that because Obama is black, using these tactics against Obama is in effect racist.
The whole argument ultimately depends on the assumption that Americans are too stupid and racist to make any meaningful distinctions about anything.
Update: Allahpundit on the left’s stupidly obvious double standard
Palin’s refusal to produce medical evidence that Trig emerged from her birth canal and not Bristol’s is relevant as a measure of transparency and accountability. Presumably, then, Obama’s sustained comfort around a degenerate whose chief regret from his mad bomber days is that he didn’t do “more” is relevant as a measure of character, particularly since Ayers wasn’t the first radical with whom The One’s associated. Or have the Obama rules now been updated to absolve him from character questions that any other politician would be asked? Hillary didn’t think so. But she’s a racist too, I guess.
Update II: As I expected, Sarahcuda refuses to back down from her comments. Instead, it’s full steam ahead:
The Republican vice presidential nominee on Sunday said it was legitimate to raise Obama’s association with 1960s radical Bill Ayers. Ayers and Obama are acquainted, but the charge that they “pal around” is unsubstantiated.
“The comments are about an association that has been known but hasn’t been talked about,” she said. “It’s important to talk about how Barack Obama kicked off his political career in the guy’s living room.”
McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds is firing with both political barrels right along with her:
“The last four weeks of this election will be about whether the American people are willing to turn our economy and national security over to Barack Obama, a man with little record, questionable judgment, and ties to radical figures like unrepentant domestic terrorist William Ayers. Americans need to ask themselves if they’ve ever befriended an unrepentant terrorist, or had a convicted felon help them buy their house — because those aren’t smears, those are true facts about Barack Obama.” —Tucker Bounds, spokesman McCain-Palin 2008
Update III: Quin Hillyer at American Spectator goes after the AP:
This might be the single most irresponsible piece the Associated Press has EVER run. Not only does it badly misstate (i.e. excuses, plays down, hides) the level of Obama’s relationship with Bill Ayers, but it goes to phenomenally bizarre lengths to claim that Sarah Palin’s repeated references to Ayers — who is white — somehow “carry a racially tinged subtext.” HUH????!!???? This is sick. Literally sick. Have things really reached the point where ANY criticism of Obama is racist? Next thing you know, criticism of Obama for having the most liberal voting record in the Senate will be called racist. Criticism of Obama for being against the surge will be called racist. Hell, next thing you know, criticism of Joe Biden will be called racist, because Biden is the running mate for a black man and, well, any criticism of him is code for racist opposition to Obama.