How ordinary citizens are saving journalism

Jack CashillWorldnet Daily

Posted: March 31, 2011 1:00 am Eastern

© 2011

Less than two weeks ago, Dan Haggerty, a New Jersey architect and tea-party activist, took a ride down to Montclair State University.

Haggerty and colleagues from his group, Americans for Liberty, were meeting with a few MSU profs who hoped to organize a conservative group on campus.

While there, Haggerty learned that terrorist emeritus Bill Ayers was scheduled to speak on campus in just a few days, March 24 to be precise.

Rather than organize a protest, Haggerty and an attorney friend decided to use the occasion to elicit information from Ayers, a task the mainstream media have conspicuously failed to do.

The question that concerned these activists was whether Bill Ayers had indeed co-written Barack Obama's acclaimed 1995 memoir, "Dreams From My Father."

This was a charge that, as Obama-friendly biographer David Remnick has noted, "if ever proved true, or believed to be true among enough voters, could have been the end of the [2008] candidacy."

Given what Remnick calls the "diabolical potency" of the accusation and the fact that I had recently gathered all the supporting evidence in one book, "Deconstructing Obama," Haggerty thought it worth discussion.

To this point, the media have thought otherwise. Not a single reporter in the major media has asked Ayers or Obama about the fraud accusation.

The "respectable" conservative media had done no better. Thanks to Haggerty and pals, that was about to change.

The group's attorney got in the final question of the evening, and he asked it in a lawyerly fashion so as not to be too leading.

"Thank you, Sir, thank you, thank you," said the attorney, while Haggerty videotaped the exchange. "Time magazine columnist Joe Klein wrote that President Obama's book 'Dreams from My Father,' quote, 'may be the best written memoir ever produced by an American politician.'"

Ayers agreed, then volunteered, "Did you know that I wrote it?" before retreating into an ironic jest that preserved both his leverage with the White House and the temporary emotional health of the American left.

On Saturday, Haggerty posted the video clip to YouTube and alerted me. I, in turn, sent it to WND, and WND blew into life a mini-media firestorm.

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