Three things wrong with Linda Lenz’s spirited defense in this morning’s Sun-Times of Annenberg Challenge, Obama, and William Ayers (p. 14, Sports Final, Commentary, “Other Thoughts,” not online, would be here) [Later, thanks to Nicholas Stix in his comment below, it’s here]:
1. She does not address why Obama did not come clean about his extensive working relationship with Ayers,
2. She inaccurately dismisses the writer who sought access to the U. of Ill. library records as “a blogger for National Review.”
3. She hurts the cause of her magazine Catalyst Chicago in her careless attitude toward an Ayers connection.
As for the first, she writes as if the Obama refusal to acknowledge Ayers as more than a neighbor says nothing about him and his candidacy. She’s an experienced reporter. Why does she ignore this?
As for the second, she writes, presumably in ignorance, of “the blogger” — a writer online and off for National Review and other publications and, for what it’s worth, a doctorate-holder in anthropology.
As for the third, she bespeaks a reaction to the best-known unrepentant ex-terrorist bomber in the nation that leads one to wonder what position she takes in her publication and what else goes on in the precincts of its sponsor, the Community Renewal Society.
Bill Clinton speaks of Chicago’s thuggish culture. Is the Renewal Society part of it?