Thursday, April 17, 2008

Stephanopoulos should lose his job:

He asked Obama: (emp add)
On this issue, the general theme of patriotism in your relationships, a gentleman named William Ayres, he was part of the Weather Underground. In the 1970's, they bombed the Pentagon, the Capitol, and other buildings. He's never apologized for that.

And in fact on 9/11 he was quoted in the New York Times saying, "I don't regret setting bombs, I feel we didn't do enough".

An early organizing meeting for your Senate campaign was held at his house and your campaign has said you were "friendly". Can you explain that relationship to the voters?
The quote cited was not issued in the wake of the 9/11 attacks; it was in the paper the morning of 9/11. But Stephanopoulos gives the viewer the idea that Ayres was somehow in agreement with what al-Qaeda did that day. The New York Times confirms:
Mr. Ayers did not make the remarks after the attacks on the World Trade Center that day. The interview had been conducted earlier, in connection with a memoir that he had published, “Fugitive Days,” and he was referring to his experience in the Weather Underground.
True, Hillary also talked about it (after Stephanopoulos' question) but she's a candidate. Stephanopoulos is supposed to be a journalist, a person who helps inform the public. He not only failed to clarify the situation vis-a-vis 9/11, but he actively promoted a misperception, especially with the cute "in fact" part.


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