The Daily Beast’s Disgraceful Interview With Bill Ayers

Below is an email that David Horowitz sent to the editor of The Daily Beast in response to their recent interview with Bill Ayers.

When you interview a shallow, murderous liar like Billy Ayers, you should assign someone who is at least familiar with the basic facts. The Weather Underground was created in 1969, not after the Townhouse explosion which took place in 1970. The Underground was created with a formal “Declaration of War” against “Amerikka.” By their own account at the time (not in retrospect of course) Ayers and his friends were intending to start a race war in America, which is why they idolized Charles Manson. Their first political act was to destroy SDS (which they called “Offing the pig”). Not surprisingly, they had virtually no support in the anti-war left. Far from being innocent of attempting to kill others (you actually let Ayers imply that he had nothing to do with his friend Kathy Boudin’s plan to kill teenagers at Fort Dix), Ayers and his wife incited people to conduct a “war” against their own country, and famously urged others to “kill your parents.” They are still being investigated for the cold case murder of a policeman in Los Angeles who was killed by a Weatherman bomb.

Ayers tries to wrap the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War around his crimes to exculpate himself and your fact challenged interviewer lets him do it. But Ayers was conducting bombing runs long after American troops were withdrawn from Vietnam , and when Jimmy Carter was president, he and his wife provided material aid to their friend Kathy Boudin to carry out a bank robbery which left nine children without fathers. Ayers has no regrets about launching a war that left his former lover and two other of his comrades and friends dead, and that ended pathetically when it became apparent even to them that their brand of violent extremism had completely marginalized them not just in the American mainstream but in the left itself. Shame on you for giving a platform to this malevolent narcissist to glorify himself once again.

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  • Steeloak

    David, more outrage needs to be directed at the people who enable thugs like Bill Ayers and the other Weathermen to spin their fictional histories.
    One way is to spread the word of people like Larry Grathwohl who as an FBI informant infiltrated the Weatherman & attended many meetings with Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn and others. Here is a speech he gave last summer:

  • UCSPanther

    In old Britain, Ayers would have gotten the same fate as Guy Fawkes….

    • Rostislav

      But in new Britain he would be made Sir, first, and a Minister for Multimurderous Afffairs, second. Rostislav, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

  • AdinaK

    This type of interview, in tandem with Robert Redford's whitewash, is a main reason for the re-release of 'BRINGING DOWN America' –

    To wit, Dr. Tina Trent (who wrote the updated intro/forward) sought my assistance. Pleased to oblige, and then some. Moreover, the heat is on the Weathermen, as such, leftist organs are working overtime.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel

    • EarlyiBird

      Does this mean we can bomb Gaza?!

      Oh please oh please oh please!s

  • pierce

    When I first saw this HEADLINE I did not think it was in reference to Bill Ayers, I really thought it was about Barack Hussein Obama. I should probably apologize, but I won't for as I am concerned both fill the bill.

  • Roger

    This is the person who started Obama in politics?

    That explains so much about this administration. They both have the same goals, bringing down our nation.

  • Adam

    Dohrn (Ayers wife) is the mastermind behind the violence, this Professor of Law at Northwestern University is a psychopath. In response to the Charles Manson murders she publicly said 'First they killed those pigs, then they ate dinner in the same room with them, then they even shoved a fork into the pig Tate's stomach! Wild!

  • john

    The Redford movie will go down as the facts – because no slick movies are being financed and produced by people other then the left . Indoctrination > schooling , movies , news media = No Conservative Message in the three places where it could make a difference .

    • Maxie

      The Redford movie will be lucky if it draws more than flies.

  • Brujo Blanco

    Murderers should not be honored. Ayers is a killer and who is to say he will not do it again. There are those that deplore killing unless it is done for them.

    • mlcblog

      I personally suspect him in the Breitbart death.

  • Hank Rearden

    If you look, you find that all these "enraged" radicals were rich kids. Ayers is a classic example. The country would have been spared if he had had to rake some leaves or paint a fence when he was a kid. And you'll notice that for all this Amerikkka posturing, he kept the money which, in his vocabulary, was ill-gotten gains exploited from the downtrodden by the immoral system. HE KEPT THE MONEY! In his world, that should be a capital offense.

    How great would it be if a student in his class were to raise his hand and say "Prof. Ayers, I get all this rad-lib-Lefty b/s, but…why did you keep daddy's money?"

    • Cassandra

      I would do it . But I tangled with a leftist professor At Wayne state university in Detroit and she threatened to kick me out of the class.

      • Drakken

        I dared more than a few left profs to do the same, they never took me up on it for some reason. I even had one go completely berserk and throw a lecturn at me, and when I laughed at him he went completely off the rails, ahhhh the good fun days.

    • johnnywoods

      Children, Can you say "Hypocrite"?

  • κατεργάζομαι

    Ayers escaped prosecution on procedural grounds.

    In his words, Ayers said this, ,

    (I am) " Guilty as hell, free as a bird,….

    — America is a great country!"

    Histoire repeats itself again. (apologies to Yogi Berra)

    Bill Ayers' famous "Social Justice" quip SHALL come back to haunt him.

    There is no statute of limitations on murder charges.

  • BS77

    This guy is a steaming pile… he's an arrogant, scummy little "professor" …..but down deep, I ll bet he knows he's garbage. He belongs in prison, but lives in another prison….a prison of his own delusions..

    • johnnywoods

      He may not realize that he is garbage as he may be so delusional as to believe he was right. Insanity cause that.

    • Drakken

      He belongs at the end of a rope like any other run of the mill traitor.

  • theleastthreat

    Maybe in some future interview he will implicate himself. Or maybe he will enrage someone from his past and that person will implicate him. I like to look at the glass as half full.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      Implicate or just plain get even………………..William


    The sad thing is that many Americans who foolishly voted for Barry Obama in 2012 had no idea who Bill Ayers is, or how close the connection between the two men was. Of course the media is mainly to blame for doing its best to hide the connection, but the Republican campaign should have at least tried to educate voters as to who Barry Hussein Soetoro Obama really was.

    • PVG

      Low info voters who voted for BO still have no idea who BO and Bill Ayers are. As long as the freebies keep coming, they don't care.

    • johnnywoods

      They helped to create this little Tyrant so why would they actually vet him?

      • WilliamJamesWard

        Ayers has no idea just how close he came to and early death and rocks tied to his corpse
        and a bed at the bottom of the East River………………….William

    • BS61

      John McCain had commercials ready and didn't air them. At townhalls in 2009 he was asked if he is familiar with O's radical connections and he said he was, he was. ____Apparently vote getting is what's important, not standing up for US!

      • Cathy

        In 2008 and again in 2012 … the progressives running for President of the United States under the Republican banner failed to expose Barack Obama's socialist/Marxist connections. Why?

        “The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.” – Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

        Posted on April 22, 2008 by John Hinderaker
        The Friends of Barack Obama, Part 1

        Posted on April 23, 2008 by Paul Mirengoff
        The Friends of Barack Obama, Part 2

    • Cathy

      McCain warns supporters, calls Obama decent man
      October 10, 2008 06:17 PM

      McCain was booed at a town-hall meeting here when he rebuked a man who said he was “scared…to bring a child up” under an Obama presidency. “I have to tell you he is a decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared of as president of the United States,” McCain said to audible disapproval.

      The man was one of nine who appealed to McCain to confront Obama more forcefully, several of them raising specific controversies dominating news, including Obama’s relationships with Bill Ayers and the group ACORN. McCain seized the microphone from the hands of a woman who called Obama “an Arab,” and scolded her. “He’s a decent family man that I happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues,” McCain said, to scant approval.

  • hrwolfe

    Nice first salvo Mr. Horowitz, now reload with "Big" shells and go after George Stephonopolis (?) for his enthusiasm over the new film "The Company we Keep". Sic'em!

  • pierce

    I do not know who is financing Redford's movie, but I do know that he is omitting the true scenario. He is trying to portray Ayers and the Weathermen as the oppressed. The other interesting bit of information is he befriended our President extensively. Some of this we already know, but a lot of the Bill Ayer's story has been suppressed by the MSM.

    • BS61

      George Soros contributes to Sundance – I believe that Breitbart had a couple of stories on that!

    • Maxie

      My guess is that the Redford movie is intended to sanitize Ayers and his gang so the stench won't impact our narci$$ist-in-chief.

  • Lan Astaslem

    Admirers of ayers are like those other brain cell challenged poseurs who wear che guevara t-shirts – either completely oblivious to their idol's murderous past, or worse, knowing all about and supporting it.

    • BS61

      I worked with a girl who watched a Che film and she said that he was trying to save the people and their oppressive govt – I said is bringing them to communism saving them?!

  • marin max

    Thanks David, once again for sounding the warning. It is late in the game, but perhaps more Americans will awaken as the Redford fiasco inevitably yields to the truth. Of course, the divide remains and the "under-informed" will have their world view seemingly substantiated – BUT voices like yours will continue to challenge the Anti-American drivel that is deluding so many of our countrymen…David, keep on shouting from the housetops!

  • Anna

    They sound like the Baader-Meinhof red army fraction , RAF gang in Germany ! It just struck me, what with similar terminology " pigs" and violent psychopathic tendencies. All middle class spoiled kids.
    The Germans made a movie in 2008 " Baader Meinhof complex" in 2008 after the last remaining member was released from prison. This gang operated for 20 years. Movie is based on the book written by Stefan Aust a former associate of RAF. Recommended viewing. They operated at the same time the Ayers group did.
    There must be a connection. RAF blew up Americans as well as bankers, bet Ayers loved that !!

  • Max

    The Thug-In-Chief is best buddies with this filth. Sick.

  • Kat

    Geographical goof. The bombing was Park Station, San Francisco PD, not LA.

    I apologize if this comment is posted a half-dozen times. I cannot get signed-in via any of the icons below. I have accounts with each one, but the comment is not going through. :(

  • Cathy

    Why is Obama Hiding the Truth About William Ayers? Follow the Money
    April 26, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    In 1995, the Chicago Annenberg Challenge was created to raise funds to help reform the Chicago public schools. One of the architects of the Challenge was none other than Professor Bill Ayers. Ayers co-wrote the initial grant proposal and proudly lists himself on his own website as the co-founder of the Challenge.

    Barack Obama was the first Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. This appointment came at a crucial time in Barack’s life. He was on the verge of challenging longtime state Senator Alice Palmer for her job. When Barack decided to run, it is no surprise that he turned to William Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn for help in organizing the campaign and in hosting his first fundraiser in the district.

    Obama served on the board for eight years until the Challenge ended in 2003. Bill Ayers was intimately involved in the Challenge over this same time period.

  • Cathy

    In 2008 and again in 2012 … the progressives running for President of the United States under the Republican banner failed to expose Barack Obama's socialist/Marxist connections. Why?

    “The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.” – Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

  • dtom

    Great article. He definitely softballed the terrorist. Ayers should be tried for murder. Only in our leftist education field could a terrorist get a job, alongside his hag wife Dohrn.

  • MProblem

    Good rebuttal, but the policeman that Trust Fund Billy and the lovely Bernie slaughtered in cold blood was from San Francisco, not LA. His name was Brian J. McConnell and he had two children.

    RIP, Officer McConnell. Too bad Bill Ayers’ rich, politically connected Daddy bought Billy and Bernie out of that one, too.