Archive for October 11th, 2008

My Obama Minute: Letter to the Beacon Journal

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

Today, I sent the following letter to the editor of the Akron Beacon Journal, in response to their coverage of Troopergate:

I was astonished that the Beacon Journal did not put the news that Gov. Sarah Palin was found to have abused her power on page 1. I was even more surprised that you gave it equal billing to a story about Barack Obama’s links to a group under investigation for voter fraud. The two are not even remotely comparable.

In the first case, as you reported on p. 4, a “bipartisan panel” found that Palin “abused her power as governor” and was “found in violation of a state ethics law” for trying to have her former brother-in-law fired as state trooper.

The other story connects Sen. Barack Obama to the Association of Community Organization and Reform Now (ACORN), which has been accused of generating fake voter registration forms. The implication of wrong-doing by Obama in this story comes not from a bipartisan panel, but from Rick Davis, Sen. John McCain’s campaign manager.

The supposed “close links,” which you trumpet in your headline, are flimsy at best. For instance, Obama did, as you note, represent ACORN in a lawsuit 13 years ago. What you don’t say is that he was on the same side as the U.S. Justice Department and the League of Women Voters, and he won the case — making it easier for citizens to vote.

The Palin story covers a breach of voter trust that was a direct, conscience-less act by the candidate herself; the Obama story refers to a tenuous link to a group that by-and-large is doing good work on behalf of poor Americans. There is no suggestion that Obama knew of ACORN misdeeds, let alone condoned them.

Now more than ever, it’s critical that America has leaders of integrity who use their power for the people, not to serve personal agendas. Palin’s actions are all but disqualifying for the office of vice president. Shame on the Beacon Journal for positioning these articles in a way that suggests to readers they are somehow on par.