Even the description of Ayers as a "terrorist" is a matter of interpretation.Perhaps some in academia may consider Mr. Ayers nothing more than a vandal since he didn't kill anyone personally even though his group did. Gee, maybe we should think of him as a Disney-like character from the Apple Dumpling Gang who rehabilitated himself into Fred MacMurray's Nutty Professor. That seems to be where this is heading next.
The article covered Hillary's similar Ayers rebuke during the Stephanopolous debate but they chose to parse a bit, leaving only this:
Sen. Hillary Clinton then said, "I also believe that Senator Obama served on a board with Mr. Ayers for a period of time, the Woods Foundation," and predicted that "this is an issue that certainly Republicans will be raising."She said a bit more:
If I'm not mistaken that relationship with Mr. Ayers on this board continued after 9/11 and after his reported comments, which were deeply hurtful to people in New York, and I would hope to every American because they were published on 9/11 and he said, that he was just sorry they didn't do more. And what they did was set bombs, and in some cases people died. So it is, again, an issue that people will be asking about...Only the crux of her comments, and Fact Check didn't bother to mention them. But OK, they say their point was to bust McCain/Palin for misleading folks about Obama "palling around" with terrorists, and technically they're correct--Ayers is a former terrorist (or perhaps an off-duty terrorist--he's still unrepentant).
What team McCain should have said was "Obama was palling around with a failed terrorist who's still a socialist bent on reforming our schools and who admires the educational reforms done by Hugo Chavez, and who once stomped on an American flag for a magazine article, all of which was never enough to deter Obama from working with him". A little long for a sound bite, but facts are stubborn things.
Trivia side note, is one of the writers, Viveca Novak, the same Viveca Novak involved in the Scooter Libby trial?