There's a big kerfluffle going on about someone supposedly saying "Kill Him" in response to Palin's attacks on Ayers (and his connection to Obama). A lot of bits have been spent trying to spin this as a racist, verbal assault on Obama - and I think it's pretty clear that anyone who thinks that is unhinged, despite the speed with which the lie has been spread.
But, here was my immediate reaction to the story, which I attempted to post in the comments to the original Washington Post story:
'"Kill him!" proposed one man in the audience.'
Ummmm, I have to call b.s. on this one. Listen to the video that's available on YouTube; You won't hear anyone yell that.
One man? Out of how many? 20,000?
Reporters shouldn't write inflammatory or embarrassing comments without attributing them to a specific person.
Listen for yourself and see if you hear anyone yell "Kill him!" You can hear a lot of other folks in the background, but not the statement the reporter wrote.
One commenter on the Washington Post story tried to defend Ayers' comments about wanting to do more (than just plant a few bombs). I responded to the comment:
The comment to which you refer was reported in the Sept. 11 edition, which means it was spoken sometime before Sept. 11
True, anything that appears in print was probably said before you actually read it. I suppose you raise this point because of the infamous date (the date when Chimpy W. McBushitler/Cheney took down the WTC as their Reichstag fire!!!)
But the date of his comments isn't important... it's that he said he regrets that he didn't do enough.
here's the first paragraph of the article on Ayers' book about being a fugitive.'I don't regret setting bombs,'' Bill Ayers said. ''I feel we didn't do enough.'' Mr. Ayers, who spent the 1970's as a fugitive in the Weather Underground, was sitting in the kitchen of his big turn-of-the-19th-century stone house in the Hyde Park district of Chicago. The long curly locks in his Wanted poster are shorn, though he wears earrings. He still has tattooed on his neck the rainbow-and-lightning Weathermen logo that appeared on letters taking responsibility for bombings. And he still has the ebullient, ingratiating manner, the apparently intense interest in other people, that made him a charismatic figure in the radical student movement.
And, despite Ayers' claim that he was "taken out of context" 4 days later, this statement is wholly consistent with his previous statements. Check out this video and scroll to 7:50 (near the end). You'll see Bernadine Dohrn & Billy Ayers saying the same thing...
no regrets; I wish we would've done more.
So, what are we to make of this?
An unattributed comment by some guy who's voice was not picked up by any recording device has been spread like wildfire through the nutroots... If it was said, it wasn't heard by Palin or anyone else in the crowd, since the "Boooos!" drowned whoever it was out.
This was all to further the MSM narrative that anyone opposing Obama or trying to bring up the relationship between Obama and his radical comrades in Chicago is a racist and that the McCain campaign, in bringing up these connections, were playing with fire.
The MSM is so far in the tank on this election and they've lost any desire to even pretend that they are objective journalists.
ARC: St Wendeler