Who Advised Annenberg?

Burt Prelutsky writes about what he would do at Wednesday’s debate if he were McCain:

…I would … devote the remainder of the [debate] to my undistinguished opponent. I would say that liberals keep insisting that attempts to connect Barack Obama to the unsavory likes of Jeremiah Wright, Tony Rezko, Father Pfleger, Saul Alinsky, William Ayers and ACORN, is nothing more or less than guilt by association. I wouldn’t even try to deny it. Why would I bother? After all, when a man is 47 years old and everyone and everything he’s been closely associated with, including even the church he attended for most of his adult life, is radical, corrupt or racist, most sensible Americans would agree with me that it’s a pattern, and not dismiss it as mere partisanship.

Obama, we keep being told, is brilliant. But his brilliance seems to be that of a born con man. He will turn on a dime and lie about anything from his place of birth to his relationship with native-born terrorists William Ayers and Mrs. Ayers, a fellow ex-member of the Weather Underground, Bernadine Dohrn. For Obama to claim that Ayers was just a guy who happened to live in his neighborhood, a fellow he hadn’t realized was a role model for Timothy McVeigh, is such a blatant lie that it amazes me that anyone, even such pinheads as Alan Colmes, Bill Maher and Chris Matthews, is buying it.

For one thing, even if Obama was a kid when Ayers, Dohrn and their pals were bombing or trying to bomb the Pentagon, the Capitol Building and a New York police station, Ayers is a famous guy in Chicago — and he never hid his light under a bushel, only his explosives.

However, the real point of the Obama-Ayers relationship isn’t based on what Ayers was doing back in the 60s, but, rather, what he and his political protégé were doing just a few years ago. We keep hearing Obama’s defenders tell us that these two virtual strangers served on a couple of boards together. They make them sound like Mother Teresa and Sister Kenny. What they don’t get around to mentioning is that Ayers not only hosted the party kicking off Obama’s political career in his living room, but that they served together on the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a group headed up for six years by Obama.

I have no idea how the Annenberg Foundation thought its money would be spent, but I doubt if the guy who made his fortune as the publisher of Seventeen and TV Guide, and was a pal of Ronald Reagan, had any idea that millions that were supposed to be used to improve Chicago’s schools would have some of it funneled off to Mike Klonsky, a founder of the Maoist Party of America; some to ACORN’s coffers; and some to Obama’s political war chest.

Even the money that theoretically went towards education was used by Ayers and Obama to promote their left-wing agenda. It was Ayers’ stated purpose that the schools infuse students and their parents with a radical political commitment that downplayed achievement tests in favor of activism. Ayers, who got word of his first teaching job while in jail for leading a draft board sit-in, and who has proudly identified himself as “a radical leftist, a small ‘c’ communist,” has clearly defined his approach to education: “Teachers should be community organizers dedicated to providing resistance to American racism and oppression.”

As the hour ended, I would conclude by saying, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Ayers for explaining the actual duties and responsibilities of a community organizer. Until now, we had been led to believe that the position called for a combination of Jesus Christ and Superman. Now we know that any anti-American small ‘c’ communist twerp can handle the job. Of course I’m not suggesting that just because Mr. Ayers hates our country and that, while discussing his past terrorist activity, said that his only regret is that he didn’t set off more bombs, we should assume the worst about Sen. Obama. After all, when they last sat on the Annenberg Challenge board together, Barack Obama was a mere tot, barely 40 years old.”

Prelutzky notes that Walter Annenberg probably had no idea how his money was being spent. Years ago, I wrote a piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer about the millions Annenberg was donating to the Philadelphia public school system for what they call “staff development,” also known as indoctrination in the latest left-wing educational crazes.

As I remember, Annenberg’s educational maven was Vartan Gregorian – academic, Brown University and New York Public Library president- who, I am certain, knew nothing whatsoever about the public schools.

I’d like to know who advised Annenberg to give his money to the likes of Ayers and Obama.

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