Webb of Witlessness

Justin Webb may be an intelligent person, it’s just that he carefully hides it in his work for the BBC. Today the latest in the BBC’s “elect Obama- The One” coverage features a prominent diary entry from Webb none too subtly entitled “palling with Pinochet”. Reading Webb in recent times I have been struck by the force of his dislike for Sarah Palin. I suspect it comes from his intense atheist’s disdain for her religious background. Anyhow, today Webb borrows Palin’s successful slogan about Obama “palling around with terrorists” and uses it against McCain. Webb has clearly convinced himself that Palin unfairly attacked Obama and he takes it upon himself to hit back. You will notice if you follow Webb’s link to hyper-partisan pro-Democrat Huffington Post that the idea of presenting the alleged McCain link to Pinochet in the same terms as Obama’s proven link to Ayers is not there. It’s Webb’s own little twist. But maybe if Webb thought for a second he would realise the comparison is painfully inapt. McCain allegedly visited Pinochet’s regime once in the 80’s, while he was on the Senate Foreign Affairs committee. It was apparently known to the US Government, and, if disputed documents are to be believed, included one 30 minute meeting with Pinochet, which McCain joked was like meeting the head of the John Birch society.

To put it politely, Webb’s comparison is ridiculous. It is a known fact that Obama has had many meetings with William Ayers, convicted and unrepentant terrorist who believes America to be the world’s leading problem. There is a great rundown of Ayers’ beliefs and actions at Zombie’s blog. Ayers has worked alongside Barack Obama, Obama reviewed favourably an Ayers’ book which itself referred to “writer Barack Obama”, and Obama launched his first election campaign at a fundraiser at Ayers’ home. They lived in the same neighbourhood. Some visitors here will know more than I about this stuff, some less. But I think that Justin Webb either knows less than any of us, or is simply so infatuated he simply must retaliate on Obama’s behalf against those nasty Republicans.

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  1. Martin says:

    Yes. Obama’s PATHETIC defence in the last debate against McCain was hopeless.

    Everyone knows Obama has been a big pal of Ayres.

    Oh and did anyone else see Fox News’s Oreilly send his producer ou tot interview Ayres?

    The fat coward ran into his house then called the Police (the people Ayres tried to blow up) to escort his out to his car.


  2. Jim Miller says:

    Obama was head of the board for the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, and on the board of a leftist foundation. Those two foundations gave Ayers — who calls himself a “communist” — and Mike Klonsky — who is a Maoist — millions of dollars.

    Jack Cashill has made a case that the links are even stronger, that Ayers helped Obama write his book “Dreams from My Father”. I wouldn’t say that Cashill has proved that, nor would he, but he has made a good case.

    (BTW, it’s “Ayers, not “Ayres”. For some reason, a lot of people make that mistake.)


  3. ipreferred says:

    You’re thinking of Pam Ayres, the notorious west country terrorist, she’s murdered countless lines of the English language in the name of poetry.


  4. Peter says:

    New heroine (if, possibly, unintentional).

    When asked by clearly stunned bouffant and brunette why, after all that has transpired, 50% of Brits could give a monkeys about the US election, Benedicte someone or other from a French paper opines that ‘they are fed up with having it rammed down their throats’.

    But it’s OK, the geezer who came on next managed to get a snipe in about Mrs. Palin and George Osbourne’s boat trip. Some balance as Peter M was then also mentioned, but then back to Mr. O and the Bullingdon Club (Mr. O ‘sneering’. No pictures of any other in the political infirmament looking ‘off’ then, Aunty?) I’d say anyone watching might have an overall sense of who is dodgier and in deeper doo-doo, at least thanks to the chatterati of BBC Breakfast News.

    Let’s have a guess who keeps his regular gig and who may not keep hers.

    Still, Andrew Marr is back, so normal service (after Ms. Raworth’s awful, tactless display last week asking a govt. minister what he was up to) will be resumed.


  5. Peter says:

    Wow, three more heroines!

    In a slot on American Football, three cheerleaders are suddenly asked by the bouffant who they are going to vote for in the forthcoming elections.

    About as charming a collection of ‘That’s nothing to do with sport; we’ll keep our opinions to ourselves’ as ‘Mind your own business’ as I have heard.

    Newswatch is worth a gander for a segment (about a sporting tragedy that looked promising for a bit of stirring on euthanasia) where some rugby colleagues tell a harpy that they were there to homage a lost colleague and not ‘discuss’ their personal views on her pet agenda, despite being pressed several times to do so.

    The editor being questioned by Mr.S Noddy at least was forced to say this was ‘a’ ‘mistake’.

    Not one to be learned from I guess. And why should they? No accountability… no consequence… no incentive to change.


  6. Jack Bauer says:

    I suspect it comes from his intense atheist’s disdain for her religious background.

    Of course, if Webb had one ounce of impartiality, he would have to report that his personal Lord and saviour Barack Hussein Obama, has a long history of parading HIS alleged Christian religion all through his political career.

    Of course, his CHURCH isn’t really open to all like Sarah Palin’s, as Obama spent 20 years listening to a racist Reverend spew “black” theology, and incite race hatred

    Funny how Webb never mentioned that.


  7. Tom says:

    Here’s one ‘black vote’ Obama’s going to have to learn to live without. Melanie Phillips publishes this e-mail from black concert pianist Huntley Browne:

    Would you support a White President who went to a church which has tenets that said they have a …

    1. Commitment to the White Community
    2. Commitment to the White Family
    3. Adherence to the White Work Ethic
    4. Pledge to make the fruits of all developing and acquired skills available to the White Community.
    5. Pledge to Allocate Regularly, a Portion of Personal Resources for Strengthening and Supporting White Institutions
    6. Pledge allegiance to all White leadership who espouse and embrace the White Value System
    7. Personal commitment to embracement of the White Value System.

    Would you support a President who went to a church like that? Just change the word from white to black and you have the tenets of Obama’s former church. If President Bush was a member of a church like this, he would be called a racist. Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton would have been marching outside. This kind of church is a racist church… A church can’t have a value system based on race. The churches value system has to be based on biblical mandate. It does not matter if itʼs a white church or a black church it’s still wrong. Anyone from either race that attends a church like this would never get my vote.

    No chance of Webb ever reporting that point of view, is there?



  8. David Preiser (USA) says:

    Justin Webb would never have made similar comments about a female Mohammedan. Nor would he have been allowed to by his bosses.

    The last time Webb reported even-handedly about the election was during the Democratic primaries. He didn’t care whether Hillary or The Obamessiah got the nomination. He just wanted the strongest contestant possible against George Bush….um, I mean, Sen. McCain.

    At one point, though, ol’ Justin got all caught up in the emotionalism of the racism angle. During one tour of following him around, one of The Obamessiah’s speeches brought a tear to his eye, and he was hooked after that. It was schoolgirl crush time, and all pretense of impartiality went away for a while. Ever week or so, Webb gets the idea that people think he’s biased, and does some ham-fisted attempt to prove he isn’t. It’s a pattern, and anyone can look at his blog over time to see it.


  9. JohnA says:

    David Preiser

    I cannot think of a better example of sustained, repeated and extreme bias than Webb’s blog.