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October 14, 2008 at 4:53 PM

Charles Krauthammer column

Whose media?

I have written a couple of times to The Times to ask why you keep printing columns by Charles Krauthammer, pointing out his serious lack of judgment and lack of credibility.

This man called for invading most of the Middle East after 9/11, despite no evidence of involvement by the countries he named.

His recent Sunday column [“Obama’s associations are indeed relevant,” Oct. 12] reeks of hypocrisy as he calls for scrutiny on any questionable character that Sen. Barack Obama has ever encountered, while ignoring the numerous questionable characters with whom Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin have been involved.

He said that the national media is the “Obama media,” completely ignoring the fact that the media spent weeks discussing remarks, taken out of context, by Reverend Wright, while ignoring Palin’s witch-hunting reverend and friendly association with an anti-American secessionist group (to which her husband was a longtime member).

If the media were Obama’s, they would point out the hundreds of flip-flops by McCain on major issues and his past associations with questionable groups.

They would point out the hypocrisy of Palin accusing a bipartisan, Republican-dominated committee of being on a witch hunt against her.

The media prints what sells and is owned and controlled by conservatives, not liberals.

— Roger Burton, Bothell

What side of the fence are you on?

Columnist Charles Krauthammer believes, as do many, that past associations are both relevant and important in judging presidential candidates, referring to recent attacks on Sen. Barack Obama.

Perhaps that is so, but those same worries didn’t seem to be nearly as important to conservatives in years 2000 and 2004. As I recall, many of President George W. Bush’s backslapping buddies were being censured by their peers, were under investigation, facing criminal charges or headed for the slammer.

Or maybe Bush’s being born again and seeing the light made a difference.

Or maybe it is because his name is George W. Bush and not Barack Hussein Obama.

In any event, one’s perception of good character seems to depend on which side of the political fence you happen to be standing on.

Hopefully, in these remaining days before elections, the political rhetoric will get back to matters that are meaningful to Republican, Democrat and Independent alike.

God knows, there is plenty to worry about.

— Don Curtis, Clinton

Don’t forget about McCain

I find it so interesting how Charles Krauthammer waxes on about Sen. Obama’s associations while completely ignoring the shady associations of Sen. John McCain.

He has completely ignored the unsavory characters that McCain has routinely assisted through endorsements and legislation.

First, there is G. Gordon Liddy, notorious for his role in the Watergate scandal. Liddy served four and a half years in prison for his misdeeds, acknowledged plotting to kill journalist Jack Anderson and, in order to thwart an investigation, Howard Hunt. Without belaboring his numerous unsavory acts, Liddy has donated to the McCain campaign and McCain has been a guest on Liddy’s radio show praising his “old friend.” McCain even backed Liddy’s son’s congressional bid in 2000. An unsavory association, wouldn’t you agree?

But, let’s not stop there.

Second, real-estate developer Donald Diamond, co-chair of McCain’s campaign-finance committee and a “close personal friend.” McCain has sponsored two bills sought by Diamond that helped the developer gain what The New York Times described as “millions of dollars and thousands of acres of land.” There’s more, but let’s not belabor this association; let’s move on the next unsavory character.

Third, Charles Keating of the Keating Five. McCain pressured regulators on behalf of Keating. McCain’s intervention allowed Keating to destroy the lives of thousands. After a token prison sentence, Keating was released and allowed to live his life in comfort, enjoying the rewards of all the assets that he transferred to family members so that he had nothing to give in the form or restitution. Apparently, that is the American way — correction, it is the Republican way.

So, lay all the cards on the table.

McCain is unfit to lead based on his associations, his intellect (limited) and decision-making capabilities (Gov. Sara Palin).

In addition, the McCain campaign has been fanning the flames of hatred and racism in a desperate attempt to claim what he sees as his “rightful place.” The last I checked, this was the U.S., and it is shameful to try to divide America.

Time to heed his own words: “Country First.”

— Cynthia Samuel, Clyde Hill

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