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September 24, 2008
Kurtz: How did Obama get his start
In a dynamite article for NRO, Stanley Kurtz combines his research into the Chicago Annenberg Challenge records with an FOIA request for documents from the University of Illinois to show the lengths to which the library and an Obama partisan went to obscure the facts behind Obama's hiring by the CAC.
Former CAC Executive Director Ken Rolling apparently had a hand in not only denying Kurtz access to the documents originally but also falsely claimed donorship of the files while seeking to instruct employees of U of I how to respond to questions about Obama's hiring at the CAC:
Kurtz has done a fabulous job and raises several disturbing questions, not the least of which is why the Obama campaign is going to such great lengths to hide so much of his relationship with William Ayers. Either they believe it to be his true achilles heel or there is more to it than has been uncovered so far.
New evidence strongly suggests that Barack Obama has been less than forthcoming about the role that unrepentant Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers may have played in choosing him to lead the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC). Through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, I have obtained an e-mail message from former CAC executive director, Ken Rolling, to Warren Chapman and Anne Hallett, two of CAC's three co-founders. Bill Ayers was the third founder. In Rolling's message, sent the morning after I first requested access to CAC records housed at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), he admits to avoiding a reporter's inquiries about who picked Obama to head CAC. Rolling also appears to prime Chapman and Hallett to avoid telling the press the whole story of how Obama was chosen, and provides them with an apparently incomplete story to use instead. Although it's too early to draw definitive conclusions from this evidence, it does raise serious questions about Barack Obama's own account of the process by which he was chosen as CAC board chair.
Either way, it appears that thanks to Kurtz's excellent work, it's all going to come out.
Hat tip: Ed Lasky