Thursday, September 25, 2008

Who Elevated Barack Obama to the Chairmanship of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge?

"New evidence strongly suggests that Barack Obama has been less than forthcoming about the role that unrepentant Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers may have played in choosing him to lead the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC)."--Editors, National Review Online (9-24-08)

Investigative reporter Stanley Kurtz (pictured above; articles archived here) has published two new articles about Senator Obama in the National Review Online: "Obama’s Challenge: The campaign speaks to “Radicalism” (9-23-08) and "Founding Brothers: What’s behind Obama’s early rise?" (8-24-08).

I have written previously about Kurtz' investigative reporting here and here.

In an earlier article, "Barack Obama, Aspiring Commissar"(8-28-08), The National Review Online editors explained:

As [blogger Steve] Diamond relates [here (8-20-08)], one of the first CAC [Chicago Annenberg Challenge]awards in 1995 was $175,000 for the “Small Schools Workshop,” which had been founded by [Weatherman bomber Bill] Ayers and was then headed by [Maoist] Mike Klonsky. It was only the beginning of the CAC’s generous funding of Klonsky — a committed Maoist who had been an Ayers comrade in the radical Students for a Democratic Society (the forerunner of Ayers’ Weatherman terrorist organization)...

In his current article, "Founding Brothers: What’s behind Obama’s early rise?" (9-24-08), Mr. Kurtz writes:

New evidence strongly suggests that Barack Obama has been less than forthcoming about the role that unrepentant Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers may have played in choosing him to lead the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC).

...Obama and his allies are not being fully forthcoming on this issue, quite possibly in an attempt to disguise the fact the Bill Ayers had a substantial role in elevating Barack Obama to the chairmanship of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge.

...the question of how a young and inexperienced lawyer like Obama was chosen to head a foundation created by Bill Ayers in 1995 is still very much open. [This is a complicated article, so read the original as well as the 9-23-08 article.]

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