Saturday, November 01, 2008

London Times Dismissive of Jack Cashill's Theory but Doesn't Address the Evidence

Weather Underground Terrorist Bill Ayers

UPDATE: Yavelow Study Confirms Ayers Hand In Obama's "Dreams" (11-2-08) by Jack Cashill

In my previous post I noted that Dr. Jack Cashill had written that the London Times was giving consideration to his theory, which he has developed in a series of articles, that the terrorist Bill Ayers ghostwrote Senator Obama's memoir Dreams From My Father (1995).

The Times has just posted an article that dismisses this theory in an article titled "Republicans try to use Oxford don to smear Barack Obama" (11-2-08).

Still, a major newspaper has at least mentioned this controversy, if only to dismiss it as the work of Republican operatives. I notice that The Times failed to get a denial from Senator Obama. Will Barack Obama personally deny that Bill Ayers had anything to do with Dreams From My Father or will he say nothing and let the media do his talking? I want to hear Senator Obama deny that Bill Ayers had anything to do with his book.

I am distrustful of this article because the author dismisses the evidence that Senator Obama is "palling around" with Bill Ayers.

The Times article is dishonest not to note the fact that Bill Ayers mentioned his neighbor the "writer barack Obama" in his book A Kind and Just Parent: The Children of Juvenile Court (1997) and that Senator Obama responded with a glowing review of Bill Ayers' book in the Chicago Tribune (12-21-97).

A young academic named David S. Tanenhaus, who admires Bill Ayers, admits in the title of an article he wrote-- "The Bill Ayers that Barack Obama and I worked with was no "domestic terrorist"--that Senator Obama "worked with" Bill Ayers.

The Times (11-2-08) writes:

The Republicans have made a last-minute attempt to prevent Barack Obama’s ascent to the White House by trying to recruit an Oxford academic to “prove” that his autobiography was ghostwritten by a former terrorist...

Dr Peter Millican, a philosophy don at Hertford College, Oxford, has devised a computer software program that can detect when works are by the same author by comparing favourite words and phrases.

He was contacted last weekend and offered $10,000 (£6,200) to assess alleged similarities between Obama’s bestseller, Dreams from My Father, and Fugitive Days, a memoir by William Ayers.

Ayers, now a university professor in Chicago, co-founded the Weathermen, a radical 1960s underground group that bombed government buildings in Washington and New York. The Republicans accuse Obama of “palling around” with him.

The offer to Millican to prove that Ayers wrote Obama’s book was made by Robert Fox, a California businessman and brother-in-law of Chris Cannon, a Republican congressman from Utah. He hoped to corroborate a theory advanced by Jack Cashill, an American writer.

Fox and Cannon each suggested to The Sunday Times that the other had taken the initiative.

Cannon said that he merely recommended computer testing of the books. He doubted whether Obama wrote his autobiography, adding: “If Ayers was the author, that would be interesting.”

Fox said he had hoped that Cannon would raise the $10,000 to run a computer test. “It was Congressman Cannon who initially pointed me in that direction and, from our conversation, I thought he might be able to find someone [to raise the $10,000].”

He believed that if “proof” of Ayers’s involvement was provided by an Oxford academic it would be political dynamite.

Fox contacted Millican, who said: “He was entirely upfront about this. He offered me $10,000 and sent me electronic versions of the text from both books.”
Millican took a preliminary look and found the charges “very implausible”. A deal was agreed for more detailed research but when Millican said the results had to be made public, even if no link to Ayers was proved, interest waned.


Millican said: “I thought it was extremely unlikely that we would get a positive result. It is the sort of thing where people make claims after seeing a few crude similarities and go overboard on them.” He said Fox gave him the impression that Cannon had got “cold feet about it being seen to be funded by the Republicans”.

Cannon insisted, however, that he was not interested in making an issue of Obama’s memoir “even if it were scientifically proven” to be someone else’s work. [See full text]

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