Accuracy in Media

In a
surprising admission, Barack Obama’s 40-page so-called “rebuttal” to Jerome
Corsi’s book, The Obama Nation, acknowledges for the first time that the senator
once had a personal relationship with identified Communist Party USA (CPUSA)
member Frank Marshall Davis, a key high-level operative in a Soviet-sponsored
network in Hawaii. 

But the 40-page
report, advertised and sold to the media as a refutation of Corsi’s “lies,”
doesn’t identify Davis as a hard-core communist
and it dishonestly edits an article about Davis
to eliminate references to his admitted involvement in CPUSA activities and
make the black revolutionary writer and “poet” look like a civil rights

In fact, Davis
was a secret CPUSA member who continued his involvement in the CPUSA or its
front activities into the 1970s, when he met Obama. At this time, Davis was still involved with a CPUSA front organization,
the American Committee for Protection of Foreign Born, dedicated to keeping
foreign communists such as his friend and associate labor leader Harry Bridges
from being deported from the U.S.

Corsi’s book devotes part of chapter three, “Black Rage, Drugs, and a
Communist Mentor,” to Davis.
He credits our work in the text and footnotes.

Excusing Russian Aggression

This official Obama
campaign cover-up, which attempts to further mislead voters about Obama’s
mysterious and controversial background, occurs as serious questions are being
raised about Obama’s initial soft line toward the Russian invasion of Georgia. In his
first statement on the crisis, Obama failed to directly condemn the Russian
invasion. Obama “did not directly blame Russia” for the crisis, the New
York Times acknowledged.

Did Obama’s
position reflect inexperience in foreign affairs, the influence of advisers, or
an ideological tendency to take Russia’s
side in global affairs against the U.S. and its allies?

According to the
editor of Davis’s books, John Edgar Tidwell, Davis was not only a
secret CPUSA member but tried to recruit a prominent poet to the CPUSA. It’s
not known if he tried to recruit Obama into what was then an underground
communist movement in Hawaii because the major
media refuse to directly question Obama about his relationship with Davis, and Davis
died in 1987.

Curiously, Tidwell,
who has access to Davis’s FBI file and his
personal papers, has refused to talk about Davis,
even to a sympathetic reporter from the Associated Press, saying Davis has been victimized
by McCarthyite “smear tactics.” The AP story refused to identify Davis as a CPUSA member
and described him only as a “left-leaning” poet and journalist.

For his part, Davis appeared before the
Senate Internal Security Subcommittee in 1956, taking the Fifth Amendment when
asked about his CPUSA activities. His lawyer was Harriet Bouslog, another CPUSA

The same Senate
subcommittee issued a report in 1956 declaring, “Founded in September 1919, the
Communist Party of the United
States of America is an organization unique
in American history. It is not a true political party and differs fundamentally
from all political parties in this country. It is in fact a Russian-inspired,
Moscow-dominated, anti-American, quasi-military conspiracy against our
Government, our ideals, and our freedoms.”

In 1982 testimony,
FBI assistant director for intelligence Edward J. O’Malley testified that the
CPUSA has been “one of the most loyal and pro-Soviet Communist Parties in the
world and has unfalteringly accepted Soviet direction and funding over the

The recent book, Comrade
based on interviews with a Russian spymaster at the United Nations,
documents that Soviet intelligence operations against the U.S. continued even as the Soviet Union
collapsed and Russia
emerged in its place.

Selective Editing

The Obama report admits
that the mysterious “Frank,” who was referred to several times in Obama’s 1995
book, Dreams From My Father, was in fact Frank Marshall Davis—something
AIM confirmed back in February. But in trying to rebut Corsi’s charge that
Davis was a significant negative influence over Obama, the Obama report on page
10 quotes “an article on Davis” that describes him as being involved in the
“labor movement” with other “African-American intellectuals” and committed to
racial integration and harmony. No title or name of the author of the article
is given. The article is simply identified as being from the Western Journal of
Black Studies.

We found a copy
through Questia, an online library of books and journals. The article, “Frank
Marshall Davis: A Forgotten Voice in the Chicago Black Renaissance,” was
written by Dr. Kathryn Takara, an Obama supporter who has been critical of
Accuracy in Media’s attempt to document Davis’s involvement in the CPUSA and
his mentorship of Obama. Takara is a radical poet herself, having written poems
in honor of Communist Party member Angela Davis and convicted cop-killer Mumia
Abu-Jamal. She was recently quoted in an Associated Press article that
portrayed Davis
as a positive influence on Obama and ignored his CPUSA membership.

The pro-Davis quotes
in the Takara article in the Western Journal of Black Studies, which are cited
in the Obama report, are actually preceded by Davis’s own incriminating words, in which he

“From now on I knew
I would be described as a Communist but frankly I had reached the stage where I
didn’t give a damn. Too many people I respected as Freedom Fighters were listed
as Red for me to fear name calling.”

These quotes are
carefully omitted from the Obama report. Instead, the report only uses quotes
that make it appear as though Davis
was not an extremist of any sort. 

The Obama report
also ignores the Davis
quotes in the article in which he talks about the “honor” of being targeted by
the House Committee on Un-American Activities and upsetting “the white power

The Takara article
acknowledges that Davis
was investigated “due to his associates and involvement in what were considered
in the forties to be radical communist groups.”

Davis In Hawaii

On the recommendation
of two secret CPUSA members, Paul Robeson and labor leader Harry Bridges, Davis
moved to Hawaii in 1948, where he would later become a member of what an
official inquiry described as a secret communist underground organization.

Corsi’s book, which is
supposedly “Unfit for Publication,” according to the Obama campaign, cites the
congressional hearings and documents which identify Davis as a CPUSA member. It also quotes
instances from Obama’s own book, Dreams From My Father, in which Obama
talks about “Frank” giving him advice about various matters. For example, he
tells Obama that blacks have a reason to hate whites. Davis
also tells Obama that he should not believe the (expletive deleted) about the
American way of life and that he was, in the final analysis, just “a nigger” in

Takara’s article,
written in 2002, acknowledges Davis’s
deep involvement in communist activities.

In one such instance,
the article says:

“However, by the time
he [Davis] returned to Chicago and the Renaissance, he inevitably associated
with people connected with the [Communist] Party since they were most likely to
be involved in civil rights, labor, art, and the fight for equality…it seems
that Davis did join the party for a short time, although on other occasions he
denied it.”

The Truth Be Told

So here we have it: in
an article cited by the Obama report as authoritative about Davis, he is acknowledged to have been a
CPUSA member. But the Obama report doesn’t mention this key piece of
information obviously because it confirms what Corsi reports in his book and
what AIM has been reporting since February. 

In another part of
the article deliberately omitted by the Obama campaign, Takara notes that “Davis met Richard Wright
through his 1936 participation in the National Negro Congress, which was
alleged to be a Communist Front Organization.” Of course, the National Negro
Congress was an identified CPUSA front.

Takara says that Davis
had some contact with Wright over the years but that “Davis did not see Wright
again after openly criticizing Wright’s attack of [sic] the Communist Party
following the latter’s defection, although both men held on to the hope of

Indeed, Davis was so extreme that
he attacked Wright for “treason” for breaking with and exposing the CPUSA.
Again, none of this is included in the Obama report supposedly rebutting
Corsi’s book.

CPUSA Fronts

In yet another part of
the article the Obama report ignores, Takara writes that “Davis joined the League of American Writers,
a national united front organization for the Communist Party mobilized by the
alarming rise of power of Hitler and Mussolini.”

In fact, Davis signed a statement
by the League of American Writers in June 1941 opposing war against Nazi
Germany at a time of the Hitler-Stalin pact. This was a reflection of the CPUSA
line. Davis
went from anti-war to pro-war after the Nazis attacked Stalin.

So here we have it:
another official acknowledgement by an Obama (and Davis) supporter that Davis was involved in a
CPUSA front. But the Obama report doesn’t admit anything of the kind. In fact, Davis’s entire record of
involvement in the CPUSA and its fronts is completely covered up.

Which raises the
question that we have asked on numerous occasions: why are Obama and his
followers in the media ignoring his documented relationship with a CPUSA
member? And why did Obama only refer to Davis
as “Frank” in his book?

In an August 5
editorial, drawing heavily on material published by Accuracy in Media about the
Obama-Davis relationship, Investor’s Business Daily took issue not only with
the concealment of “Frank” in the Obama book but the recent dishonest
Associated Press story about Davis and Obama. “If the relationship with Davis was as blasé as the
Associated Press makes it sound, why is Obama mum about it? And why did he try
to hide Davis’
identity in his first memoir, published in 1995?”

The paper said that
Obama had written that “With the exception of my family and a handful of public
figures, the names of most characters have been changed for the sake of
privacy.” Investor’s Business Daily added, “But there was no need to protect Davis’ privacy. He had
long been dead. More likely, the cryptic references to his communist mentor
were—and still are—designed to protect Obama’s background from the scrutiny it

The Cover-Up Continues

The shocking thing is
that this cover-up is continuing, in the form of the official Obama “Unfit for
Publication” report attacking Corsi. The cover-up is now so blatant that an
article that is generally sympathetic to Davis
has been edited by the Obama campaign in order to delete references to Davis’s CPUSA activities.

There must be a
deeper and darker secret, in terms of the relationship with Davis and those who knew him, that the Obama
campaign is trying to keep hidden. Otherwise, it would immediately begin to
disclose everything.

Gerald Horne, the
writer for the CPUSA journal, Political Affairs, who first disclosed Davis’s
relationship with Obama and his family, has told the Marxist publication that
he is now writing “a history of the radical, Communist and working-class
movement in Hawaii.”
He explains, “It is not well known, I’m afraid, that before statehood in 1959
probably the most vigorous, communist and radical trade union movement under
the U.S. flag was in Hawaii.”

Frank Marshall Davis
was a remnant of that powerful movement.

“At some point in
the future,” Horne said, in talking about Davis’s influence over Obama, “a
teacher will add to her syllabus Barack’s memoir and instruct her students to
read it alongside Frank Marshall Davis’ equally affecting memoir, ‘Living
the Blues

While Obama’s
communist and foreign connections are of serious and ongoing concern in Corsi’s
book, his treatment of Obama’s admitted drug use has emerged as a special raw
nerve for the Obama campaign and his media acolytes. They realize that many
Americans, whose families have been decimated and destroyed by illegal drugs,
may recoil at the thought of having an admitted user of marijuana and cocaine
occupy the oval office.

The Attack Begins

Acting on information
provided by a left-wing group known as Media Matters, which functions as an
unofficial arm of the Democratic Party, the New York Times attacked Corsi for
charging that Obama has “yet to answer” whether he ever dealt drugs and when he
stopped, if indeed he ever did. The Times protested that Obama has answered
that charge, at least the part about quitting marijuana and cocaine, by saying
that he hasn’t used drugs since he was 20 years old. 

The Times story
defending Obama against Corsi’s book was followed by a Washington Post story attacking the author.
The liberal media were forced to take note of the book because it  became number one on the New York Times
bestsellers list.

So why did Corsi raise
the subject of drug abuse when it supposedly has been put to rest? It’s
because, as an experienced investigative reporter, he knows that a few
perfunctory denials, which could be expected from someone running for office,
do not constitute any form of proof or convincing answer that he in fact ever
did quit drugs. As Corsi has suggested in defending his book’s account of
Obama’s admitted drug use, self-reporting by drug users about when they quit is
notoriously unreliable. Every drug addict claims to have quit at one time or
another. That’s what drug testing is all about.

Joyce Nalepka,
president of Drug-Free Kids: America’s
Challenge, points out that recovering cocaine addicts say that the high from
cocaine is so intense that you never stop wanting it. She points to the case of
former Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, who was caught
twice using cocaine. Barry was caught in one case as a result of a police sting
and another because of court-ordered drug testing.

Don’t you believe
Obama when he says he quit drugs? “No,” replied Nalepka. “And I didn’t believe
Mayor Barry either.”

The Soros Connection

However, she does
believe that, if Obama is elected, his backers in the drug legalization
movement funded by billionaire George Soros will press for legalization of
marijuana, cocaine and other dangerous drugs. Soros is a big backer of Obama
and has contributed financially to his campaign.

During the Reagan
Administration, Nalepka served as the president of the anti-drug group that
Nancy Reagan served as honorary chair. She warns that Obama has “voted for at
least two pro-legalization [of marijuana] bills” and that drug legalization
advocates are spreading the word that Obama will not support federal
enforcement of federal marijuana arrests. She said a questionnaire, which
includes the question, “Do you support keeping drug possession, dealing and
trafficking a crime?,” has not been answered by the Obama campaign. John
McCain, on the other hand, vows to “uphold the law,” she says.

Even if Obama took and
passed a drug test, Nalepka says she would never vote for him, explaining, “It
appalls me at the thought that people would be naïve enough to vote for someone
who admits drug use.” She says this view stems from 30 years of “watching
parents wail and cry and talk about the hell their families went through”
because of marijuana, cocaine and other drugs.

But the views of
Nalepka and others in the campaign against illegal drugs have been ignored by
media anxious to accept Obama’s word that he has quit dangerous mind-altering

“We worked long and hard to close those drug
paraphernalia shops in the 1980s and long and hard again to get student drug
testing in the schools so we could get drugs out of the schools,” she said.
“And we’re going to allow someone to come in to the White House of the United States of America
who was a drug user?”

Roger Morgan has
similar concerns. A San Diego
businessman whose two stepchildren became addicted to drugs at ages 12 and 14,
Morgan has spent 30 years dealing with the horrors of substance abuse. He was
the Founding Chairman of the Coronado SAFE Foundation; a past Director of the
San Diego Prevention Coalition; Co-Founder of Californians for Drug Free
Schools; and a member of the National Student Drug Testing Coalition.

George Soros and his
Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) “have infiltrated our government(s) at all levels,”
he warns, “and they effectively own the Democratic Party. We need a President
who has the courage and wisdom to mandate random drug/alcohol testing in all
schools for all kids in grades 6 through 12. That could happen with McCain. It
will never happen with a Soros-backed Democrat at the helm.” 

Another line of
attack—that Corsi is doing the bidding of the Republican Party and the John
McCain campaign—makes no sense because Corsi writes very critically of McCain
and is a member of the Constitution Party, which is fielding its own
presidential candidate, Chuck Baldwin, this fall. Plus, Corsi’s editor at
WorldNetDaily, where he writes regularly, is Joseph Farah, whose book, None
of the Above,
argues against Obama and McCain.

The pro-Obama media
emphasize that the Corsi book is published by Simon & Schuster’s Threshold
Editions, whose main editor is former GOP strategist Mary Matalin. The 40-page
Obama report dishonestly claims the Corsi book is “brought to you by the
Bush/Cheney Attack Machine.” But it is clearly the case that Corsi and Farah
are independent conservatives who have no allegiance to the GOP.

Corsi has written a
book on Obama for the obvious reason that there is little evidence that the
major media are interested in uncovering or publicizing the hidden facts about