A paragraph in a published McClatchy news story has amazing similarities to a paragraph in an Obama radio ad, raising questions as to whether two McClatchy reporters plagiarized an Obama campaign ad, or whether the reporter's positions are identical to those of the Obama campaign.
Let's look at the paragraphs in question. First, here is a paragraph from a McClatchy article by William Douglas and Margaret Talev:
"Obama was a child when Ayers was engaged in violent anti-Vietnam War protests, had no connection to them, and denounces them. Ayers is now an education professor in Chicago. Obama once served with Ayers on a community education board funded by Republican donors. He says Ayers has no connection to his campaign."
Now, look at this paragraph from an Obama radio ad released this week.
"Bill Ayers is a professor of education who once worked with Obama on a school reform board, a board funded by conservative Republicans tied to McCain. When Ayers committed crimes in the sixties, Obama was eight years old. Obama condemned those despicable acts."
Let's break down the key phrases, side by side:
McClatchy: "Obama was a child..." Obama ad: "Obama was eight years old..."
McClatchy: "...and denounces them." Obama ad: "Obama condemned those despicable acts"
McClatchy: "Ayers is now an education professor..." Obama ad: "Bill Ayers is a professor of education..."
McClatchy: "... once served with Ayers on a community education board..." Obama ad: "worked... on a school reform board..."
McClatchy: "... funded by Republican donors" Obama ad: "... funded by conservative Republicans"
The phrasing is almost identical -- even the cadence is similar. Did the McClatchy reporters lift phrases from Obama campaign ad and make little modifications to use in their news story on Bill Ayers? I don't know, of course. It's probably unlikely they lifted the transcript from the ad, but it's hard to believe the similarities are a coincidence. I think the most likely scenario is McClatchy's views of the election are identical to the positions of the Obama campaign.
How pathetic for McClatchy, that their reporting is hard to distinguish from Obama campaign commercials.
Just for fun, I'm including the photo below, which shows McClatchy reporter Margaret Talev and Barack Obama looking at key chains in August, 2008.