In response to my earlier comments on how a conservative with the kind of dodgy associations Obama has would be treated, TAS reader Craig Smith submitted the following useful analysis:
CNN reported in late Feb 2000 that, “The members of Bush’s senior team in Austin, Texas, were only vaguely aware of Bob Jones University’s policies and past. “Reagan spoke there…” Aides said.
Bush had given a speech. Just one speech at the controversial university, but that was enough for the press to join him at Jones’ hip. Thus, the press piled on:
Feb 27, 2000 – Los Angeles Times – “Bush is wishing he’d never set foot on the Bob Jones campus”
Feb 28, 2000 – BusinessWeek – “Bush received an enthusiastic response at Bob Jones U.”
Feb 28, 2000 – Washington Post – “Bush Caters to the Bigotry of Bob Jones”
Feb 29, 2000 – International Herald Tribune – “criticized Mr. Bush for speaking at Bob Jones University,”
Mar 4, 2000 – Seattle Post-Intelligencer – “do we want the ideals of Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and Bob Jones?”
Mar 4, 2000 – Dallas Morning News – “a letter of regret for visiting Bob Jones University”
Mar 4, 2000 – Dayton Daily News – “Gerald Ford says he would not have spoken at Bob Jones”
Mar 5, 2000 – Contra Costa – “The definition of George Bush’s compassionate conservative is Bob Jones III …
Mar 5, 2000 – Los Angeles Times – “aggrieved over Bush’s visit to Bob Jones University”
Mar 5, 2000 – Miami Herald – “Bush was insensitive to Catholics by visiting Bob Jones University.”
Mar 5, 2000 – Chicago Sun-Times – “criticism of Bush for his visit to anti-Catholic Bob Jones University”
Mar 5, 2000 – Maureen Dowd- “In South Carolina, former Gov. David Beasley … gave a bear hug to Bob Jones Bush.”
Mar 6, 2000 – Guardian Unlimited – “Mr Bush had to repair the damage done by his appearance at the Bob Jones university”
Mar 6, 2000 – Philadelphia Daily News – “the Bob Jones affair”
(Craig goes on at some length in this vein and then adds . . .)
Now imagine if Bush hadn’t just given a speech, but also…
• Was an active member of the church for 20-years
• Was married by Bob Jones
• Had his children baptized by Bob Jones
• Gave tens-of-thousands to the church
• Titled a book after one of Jones’ sermons
• Had regularly listened to Jones’ sermons on tape while at grad school
• Had appointed Jones to his campaign
• Funded his radical education activities thru foundation funds
• Claimed Jones as his spiritual mentor
…and then claimed he was “only vaguely aware of Bob Jones University’s policies and past”? The MSM hypocrisy is breathtaking.
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