August 20, 2008

Down The Memory Hole at ABC News

We know from prior experience that probing or corrective comments aren't appreciated by ABC's investigative blog The Blotter. Those comments that are "problematic,"—asking the journalists to correct shoddy research is one recurring example—disappear rather quickly.

That same fine tradition of "disappearing" comments is also now a proven tactic of the fine ABC News folks who monitor Jake Tapper's comments (I'll give Tapper himself the benefit of the doubt for now).

In the post where Tapper notes that Obama and McCain are playing hardball I left the following at 10:43:48,and immediately did a screen capture (Full text below image).

Barack Obama has been deeply involved with the entire Ayers clan--proud terrorist Bill, brother John, lefist lawyer dad Thomas--since 1987.

That's 21 years.

That's as long or longer than he's been with the Black Panther-inspired teachings of Black Liberation Theology screamed weekly from the pulpit of AIDS conspiracy-monger Jeremiah Wright.

That's as long or longer than he's called lynching advocate Michael Fleger his mentor and friend.

So please tell us, Barack Obama, why you have such deep ties with an unashamed terrorist that belonged to a group that that bombed federal buildings, committed armed robberies and murders, and even planned to slaughter innocents at a non-commissioned officers dance at Fort Dix, had Ayer's girlfriend not screwed up making the pipe bombs to be used in the attack, blowing herself to bits instead.

Please tell us, Barack Obama, how you could sit on the board of the Woods Fund, the Chicago Public Education Fund, the ABCs Coalition, etc with Ayers, and be comfortable in the company of a terrorist.

Tell us why you chose to start your political career at the home of one of your oldest allies, a man who once proudly declared war on the United States, and took up arms against it.

We're all ears.

Here are the two posts that came before and after my 10:43:48 comment that was deleted by an ABC News employee, as if it never appeared at all.

It's one thing to delete comments that are profane, trolling, personal attacks, or off-topic. Deleting a comment that lays out a compelling case for a more extensive investigation of the multi-decade relationship between a Presidential candidate and a terrorist?

That's partisan censorship of the most biased kind.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at August 20, 2008 10:21 PM

I had the same experience in the same thread tonight. Someone said that Ayers "served his prison term" and i posted a Quote from a chicago sun times article with a link disproving that assertion. They kept deleting it. After about 4 posts they left it but deleted my questions to them (ABC) as to why they were deleting it.

There were no insults in my post or profanity or anything.

It sure felt like I was in China over there.

Posted by: sammy at August 20, 2008 11:31 PM

The. Deciders.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at August 20, 2008 11:40 PM

The one good thing about McCain is that he is willing to play hardball, which most real conservative candidates are not.

Posted by: Trish at August 20, 2008 11:52 PM