This afternoon I am reminded of what I hate about the New York Times, as though it's September 11, 2001 all over again. For those who don't recall, by coincidence the Times chose that day to run a fawning profile of Weathermen bombers Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn. I recall writing a rather angry letter to Howell Raines which was rejected for publication, probably because it didn't conform with the Times stylebook.
And via JustOneMinute comes news that at the beginning of his political career Obama paid pilgrimage to Ayers and Dohrn, for their money, their introductions, and most importantly their blessings. Now Obama's campaign refuses to discuss the matter and any connections the Senator may have to Ayers and Dohrn, though of course the Senator condemns bombing of policemen at any time. And he wants us to know that he was only eight years old when the bombings occurred.
So of course we can't blame him for sucking up to the bombers at the age of thirty-four.
I didn't buy into the fracas over Obama's church. There are all sorts of reasons to attend a church, from denominational choice to relationships with congregants and so forth. So I can sort of forgive the preacher, as a Christian (were I a Christian) should do. But I don't recall anything about forgiveness in the Weathermen philosophy. So I'd like to see an explanation for this before I forgive it.