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Thursday, September 24, 2009
WND's Circular Logic
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily is touting -- and Jack Cashill is gloating about -- how celebrity author Christopher Andersen is claiming that William Ayers helped to write Barack Obama's book "Dreams From My Father." But there's circular logic going on here: Andersen's main source for this claim appears to be ... Jack Cashill.

As we've detailed, Cashill has spent much time and energy promoting the discredited theory that Ayers ghost-wrote "Dreams From My Father."

The Sept. 23 WND article by Art Moore notes that "Andersen cites Cashill as a source" for the claim, but tries to obscure that by claiming that "Andersen relied on inside sources, quite possibly Michelle Obama, to describe how 'Dreams' was published." Cashill similarly tries to obscure things as well, writing that "Andersen cites my contribution to his research, but he clearly has access to inside information that I did not have."

But we don't know if Andersen is basing his claim on anyone other than Cashill -- it's certainly not clear from Moore's and Cashill's accounts.

Moore goes on to tout how "Cashill commissioned an independent scientific comparative analysis of writings by Obama and Ayers to determine whether Ayers had a significant role in the writing of 'Dreams.'" But he doesn't mention that at least one of those experts utterly discredited Cashill's conpsiracy theory.

Posted by Terry K. at 2:03 AM EDT

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