Monday, August 11, 2008

Obama's Scandal Is Bigger Than Edwards'
By Cliff Kincaid
August 11, 2008

ABC News "chief investigative correspondent" Brian Ross has been reporting on John Edwards' adultery, but seven months ago Ross was telling the American people that the story of Edwards' cheating was a campaign "dirty trick" by sinister and unknown forces.

By including it in a January ABC story (
web site) on political "dirty tricks," Ross was saying that he believed Edwards had been unfairly targeted and accused. Ross, who is well-respected in the business and has broken some important stories, has egg all over his face on this one.

The Brian Ross story about the Edwards allegations being a political "dirty trick" may help explain why so many reporters in the mainstream media shied away from it. After all, if Brian Ross wasn't going to take it seriously, why should they?

Edwards, who endorsed Barack Obama for president after dropping out of the race, covered up the affair for two years, even while appearing as a family man on the campaign trail. This reflected confidence on his part that the affair could be concealed with the help of the major media. The National Enquirer, which broke the story last year, cornered Edwards at a hotel in July before a secret meeting with his mistress. It then published (
web site) a "spy photo" of him holding his alleged "love child." This forced Edwards to admit at least some of the truth.

With Edwards now admitting the affair, reporters and commentators in the mainstream media are acknowledging that they were deceived and blew it. But why is it that they always seem to miss big scandals involving Democrats? In this context, why haven't they yet reported on the relationship that Obama had with a Communist Party USA (CPUSA) member by the name of Frank Marshall Davis, a subject of an FBI investigation and several official inquiries into Soviet-sponsored activities in the U.S.? Davis was so deeply involved in the CPUSA that he recruited members for the Moscow-funded and controlled party and had personal connections to other top party members such as Harry Bridges and Paul Robeson.

The John Edwards affair is a chilling reminder that Democratic cover-ups can succeed, with the help of the media, and that even the most sophisticated "investigative" reporters are prepared to overlook potential Democratic scandals. Edwards is out of the race, but Obama is running ahead in most polls for the highest office in the land and seems confident that the media will not blow the whistle on his Marxist associate.

Obama's Cover-up

The implication of the Edwards scandal is that, if ABC News's top investigative reporter could take Edwards' side, without any serious checking of the facts, then other candidates may be concealing scandals and hoping and planning to get away with it. That is certainly the case with Obama, who is far more of a media favorite than Edwards ever was and has, with the help of the influential Associated Press (AP), carefully concealed his relationship with an identified CPUSA member.

Obama's communist connection, which he failed to disclose in his 1995 book, Dreams From My Father, by referring to Davis only as "Frank" and ignoring his communist affiliation, is a far more serious scandal than an Edwards "love child."

As I commented to Michael Savage on the Savage Nation radio program last week, this is the key to understanding Obama because Davis's influence over him during his high-school years in Hawaii helps explain why he would later associate with terrorists, communists and socialists.

Controversy over the Obama-Davis relationship is growing, at least in the conservative-oriented media. Rush Limbaugh, who last Thursday commented on our exposure of the dishonest Associated Press story about Davis, put a link to the AIM column (
web site) on this matter on his website.

Also heavily drawing on our material, Investor's Business Daily published an August 5 editorial, "Young Obama's Red Mentor." (
web site) The paper noted that the "cryptic references" in Obama's book to this communist mentor "were - and still are - designed to protect Obama's background from the scrutiny it deserves."

This is a point that AIM has been making since February, when we broke open (
web site) the story by confirming the identity of Davis with two different sources and following up with an AIM Report entitled, "Is Barack Obama a Marxist Mole?" It was New Zealand blogger Trevor Loudon who had originally discovered a communist source of information on the Obama-Davis relationship.

Two recently published books, The Obama Nation by Jerome Corsi and The Case Against Barack Obama by David Freddoso, also include information about the Frank Marshall Davis story. But only Corsi, an experienced investigative reporter for WorldNetDaily, gives us the proper credit for uncovering this scandal. I provided material to both authors in order to get the truth out.

If the major media do not follow-up, perhaps the Enquirer ought to do so. At least this would give the Frank Marshall Davis story some needed national attention. But any such story from the Enquirer might be dismissed, as were the Edwards allegations, as coming from a supermarket tabloid and being, therefore, inherently unreliable and unbelievable.

But, in the wake of the Edwards' admissions, the Enquirer has proven itself, once again, to be both reliable and believable. Indeed, it looks like ABC may want to replace Brian Ross with someone from the National Enquirer, which broke the Edwards story (
web site) last October and published a follow-up story (web site) on December 12, 2007. This demonstrates how long the rest of the media were twiddling their thumbs. It looks like they didn't want to know if the story was true.

More Lies?

Edwards told ABC that he knew the child was not his because of "the timing" of the pregnancy and the affair. And he claims that he didn't know that a campaign aide was paying his mistress to live with her child in a mansion.

Edwards' 2008 national finance chairman Fred Baron has acknowledged providing "assistance" to the mistress, Rielle Hunter, and others. But if it's not Edwards' kid, then why is Baron paying for these other unnamed "individuals?"

The Dallas Morning News reports that Baron, who is based in Dallas, is now raising money for Barack Obama.

Brian Ross should get to the bottom of all of this. But he should first apologize for putting his trust in Edwards.

In addition to clearing up the Edwards mess, Ross should subject Obama to the scrutiny he deserves and bring the Frank Marshall Davis connection to national attention. Otherwise, his title of "chief investigative correspondent" will become nothing more than a joke.


Cliff Kincaid is the Editor of Accuracy in Media, and can be contacted at


Note -- The opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions, views, and/or philosophy of GOPUSA.

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