Time and Again, Maraniss Conceals Obama's Socialist Roots

"I'm not writing it as a fact-checker.  I'm writing it as an historian," griped David Maraniss on CNN about the first volume of his new book, Barack Obama: The Story.  "Other people for ideological reasons are pouncing on that part of what my book is, but in fact I'm trying to tell the truth."  In fact, Maraniss is less an historian than a predictably liberal Beltway journalist, one whose own ideology consistently subverts the truth.  The distortions are many and significant.  In his account of each phase of Obama's early life -- Hawaii, Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago -- Maraniss repeatedly conceals the evidence of Obama's socialist roots to make him appear more of a centrist than he actually was or is. The sleight-of-hand begins with Maraniss's discussion of Obama's Hawaii mentor, Frank Marshall Davis.  Predictably, Maraniss introduces Davis as "a black journalist, poet, civil rights activist, political leftist, jazz expert."  True, Maraniss...(Read Full Article)