WorldNetDaily seems to be finally figuring out that Bill Ayers is just messing with them.
For the first time that we remember, a June 26 WND article by Art Moore reports with some skeptism Ayers' latest statement on the authorship of Barack Obama's book "Dreams From My Father":
When asked on several occasions over the past five years if he wrote “Dreams from My Father,” Ayers has not denied it, but instead has resorted to irony, telling inquirers in essence, Yes, I did, and if you can help me prove it, I’ll split the royalties with you.
It happened again in a video interview June 19 with Real Clear Politics Executive Editor Tom Bevan and Charlie Stone.
Still, the crux of Moore's article is that Ayers' ghostwriting is a fact, and WND columnist Jack Cashill proved it:
Author Jack Cashill has been called a lunatic, and worse, for his belief that unrepentant 1960s revolutionary terrorist Bill Ayers was the primary writer of the book offered as evidence that Barack Obama is an intellectual heavyweight worthy of the Oval Office despite his relatively thin resume.
When Cashill, after careful literary analysis, first posed the potentially election-changing theory in 2008, Obama was deflecting questions about his substantial working relationship with the former Weather Underground leader, dismissing Ayers as merely a fellow resident of his upscale Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago.
But what if Ayers – whose radical movement sought to overthrow the U.S. government and replace it with a communist regime – was not only more than “just a guy in the neighborhood” but also the philosophical heart and soul, as well as the talent, behind the biography that launched his political career?
Moore goes on to rehash the supposed evidence that Cashill has:
Cashill reported at least four different stylometric analysts supported his extensive forensic evidence.
His experts included university professors from the U.S. and England in the statistical analysis of authorship, systems engineers, writers and Ph.D. literary analysts. Most, particularly professors at public universities, asked that their names not be revealed.
One analyst said it was possible Ayers served as a “book doctor,” drastically rewriting work Obama already had done.
Needless to say, Moore makes no mention of the actual literary experts who shot down Cashill's conspiracy theory.
Moore also reports on celebrity biographer Christopher Andersen's suggestion that Ayers wrote the Obama book while ignoring his flat-out denial in a CNN interview that he was saying so.