Though Media Matters and other pro-Obama outlets such as the Democratic Underground are reacting in full mock-and-ridicule mode, WND’s report today – featuring video of a retired Illinois postman who claims former terrorist Bill Ayers’ parents told him they were financially supporting “foreign student” Barack Obama through Harvard – is one of the hottest, most-read news stories in the world.
At one point today, the Web information company Alexa ranked the story as the fifth hottest page on the Internet.
The establishment media, meanwhile, have completely ignored the story, and when news-agenda-setter Matt Drudge posted it on his Drudge Report, liberal watchdogs Media Matters and the Democratic Underground quickly unleashed scorn on Drudge.
The Democratic Underground urged Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney to condemn Drudge for posting the Obama-Ayers story.
Media Matters dismissed the story as unserious.
“As always, this is all farcical and amusing, but allegations like these are still treated seriously by people like Matt Drudge, who is currently featuring the Corsi story on his site,” Media Matters said.
A blog called Newscorpse.com, an apparent play on Rupert Murdoch’s News Corps, the parent of the Fox News Channel, ran this headline: “New Obama Conspiracy Theory Tests The Limits Of Idiocy.”
WND Editor and CEO Joseph Farah wrote in his daily column that the “most well-read news story anywhere” was “deliberately spiked” by establishment media, despite advance notice.
Major talk-radio, he noted, also was tipped off on the story ahead of time and didn’t touch it.
Nevertheless, bolstered by placement on the Drudge Report, “millions got the first-person, eyewitness evidence that Barack Obama was helped through Harvard by the family of domestic terrorist Bill Ayers back in the late 1980s.”
“The good news,” Farah writes, “is that a story like this can still be read and seen by millions despite the control.”
As WND reported, retired U.S. Postal Service carrier Allen Hulton has claimed in a sworn affidavit that Mary Ayers, and Barack Obama himself, told him the Ayers family helped finance Obama’s education. Hulton testified further that Mary Ayers believed Obama was a foreign student. Hulton said that in an encounter with Obama in front of the Ayers home, Obama declared that he would someday be president.
Hulton gave the sworn affidavit to investigators Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio commissioned to determine whether Obama is eligible for Arizona’s 2012 election ballot. Citing Arpaio’s investigation, a Florida congressman today said he’s not convinced Obama is eligible for the White House.
NOTE: In case you missed the news conference of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s “Cold Case Posse,” you can view it here.
Emmy-winning filmmaker and author Jack Cashill addressed the Hulton story in a column for the American Thinker.
Cashill said he had come across Hulton’s story when “liberal blogger” Steven Diamond, a law professor in Chicago, interviewed the retired mail carrier in 2009 but paid little attention to it, because the information “seemed too limited to pursue.”
When Cashill saw WND reporter Jerome Corsi’s interview with Hulton, however, he immediately sat up and paid attention.
“The mailman is a real person. His name is Allen Hulton. He seems entirely credible, and he has a story to tell,” Cashill writes.
See excerpts of Jerome Corsi’s interviews with Allen Hulton:
Cashill noted that in the interview, Corsi warned Hulton that by quoting Mary Ayers as saying that Obama was a "foreign student," he was putting himself at some risk.
"I am only telling you what I distinctly remember her saying – that he was a foreign student," Hulton said.
While Bill Ayers and Obama have acknowledged meeting in 1995, WND's Aaron Klein has reported that the relationship goes back to at least 1988, when Thomas Ayers included Obama in an education advocacy association called the Alliance for Better Chicago Schools, or the ABCs Coalition.
The contact for the ABCs Coalition was Bill Ayers, who at the time was a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Obama began his studies at Harvard Law School in the fall of 1988.