Covering a sensitive and explosive subject that has been off-limits for the major U.S. media, the London Daily Telegraph is now claiming that Communist Frank Marshall Davis was a strong influence over a young Barack Obama for nine years of his life, rather than just four, and was a sex pervert and pothead.
The Telegraph article alleges that Davis was a bisexual engaged in "sordid" sexual activities and had repeated sexual encounters with a 13-year-old girl.
In an article headlined, "Frank Marshall Davis, alleged Communist, was early influence on Barack Obama," writer Toby Harnden confirms everything Accuracy in Media has been reporting since February about the mysterious "Frank" in Obama's book being Communist Party USA (CPUSA) member Frank Marshall Davis. Harnden is the Daily Telegraph's U.S. Editor, based in Washington, D.C.
The word "alleged" in the headline is misleading, since there is no doubt that Davis, who was investigated by the FBI and various congressional and official inquiries, was a CPUSA member. In fact, as AIM has documented, Davis was involved in the CPUSA or its front activities, before, during and after World War II, and became a member of a secret communist apparatus in the 1950s after the CPUSA in Hawaii was reorganized on an underground basis.
Davis wasn't just a "suspected" communist but a key CPUSA member involved in an important Soviet-sponsored network. The communists had targeted Hawaii largely because of its strategic location and importance to the U.S. defense effort. The CPUSA, which was controlled by the Soviet Communist Party, was receiving funding from the Soviet Communist Party through KGB channels as late as the 1980s.
But while the London paper is reporting explosive new information about Davis and his relationship with Obama, the Washington Post on Sunday, August 24, published a 10,000-word article, supposedly on Obama's years in Hawaii, and never once mentioned Davis. Even though the Post advertised the article as being about Obama's "formative years" in Hawaii, the lengthy piece by David Maraniss, an associate editor at the paper and Pulitzer Prize-winner, completely ignores the fact that Davis was Obama's mentor and adviser for a significant number of those years.
This is so despite the fact that Maraniss claims in the article and a video to be familiar with the contents of Obama's book, Dreams From My Father, where the mysterious "Frank" makes numerous appearances and gives Obama advice on matters ranging from race relations to college and his life in the U.S.
Asked about this striking omission in his Post article, Maraniss told AIM that "My reporting conclusion was the role of 'Frank' had been hyped out of all proportion, both by Obama himself in his book and some others later. He did not play a role in really shaping Obama."
This "conclusion," of course, fails to let the readers decide, based on what Obama and others have reported. And he does not explain how he came to this conclusion.
Clearly, this is liberal pro-Obama media bias by omission. It is designed to keep the public in the dark about the role of a CPUSA member in shaping Obama's worldview. Such a cover-up is necessary to get Obama elected.
Indeed, the Post Maraniss article is deception on a greater scale than a recent Associated Press article, which examined Davis's role as Obama's mentor and adviser but ignored his CPUSA activities.
As we all know by now, "Frank" was initially "established" to be Frank Marshall Davis by Gerald Horne, a writer for a CPUSA publication, who boasted about the relationship that Davis had with Obama. Horne's remarks were brought to our attention by New Zealand blogger Trevor Loudon. Former associates of Davis in Hawaii confirmed his identification.
Based on these sources, AIM had confirmed that Obama's white grandfather, Stanley Dunham, picked Davis because Obama's black father had abandoned the family and Dunham thought Obama needed a black father-figure. AIM also confirmed that Davis was Obama's mentor during the critical years 1975-1979.Â
Some accounts say that Obama returned to Hawaii in 1971. But Harnden tells me that the Punahou School, the coeducational college preparatory day school in Honolulu that Obama attended from 1971 to 1979, was adamant that Obama took his entrance examination in autumn 1970. Â "It's possible he briefly went back to Indonesia before actually starting at the school," he said.
But whether it was 1970 or 1971, this adds several years to the amount of time that Davis was exercising influence over Obama. This is enough time to have made it into a Washington Post 10,000-word account of Obama's years in Hawaii. But Maraniss deliberately decided to ignore it.
Harnden also reports that Davis and Dunham smoked marijuana together. Dawna Weatherly-Williams said that "Frank never really did drugs, though he and Stan would smoke pot together," the paper said.
Obama, of course, also admits that he used marijuana and cocaine in his youth.
Citing passages from Obama's own book, Dreams From My Father, which was published in 1995, Harnden demonstrates how Obama went to "Frank" for advice about racial issues, college, and other matters at critical periods in his life. Clearly, the relationship between them, as concluded by many observers, was strong. But Maraniss of the Post decided to deliberately ignore it.
Davis's alleged sexual perversion adds a dramatic and alarming element to the controversy. Harnden reports that Davis's sexual proclivities were documented in a 1968 pornographic novel, written just two years before Davis became Obama's mentor, which was titled, Sex Rebel: Black (Memoirs of a Gourmet Gash). Davis wrote the book, which is now generally unavailable, under a pseudonym, Bob Greene.
Harnden flatly asserts that "The book, which closely tracks Mr. Davis's life in Chicago and Hawaii and the fact that his first wife was black and his second white, describes in lurid detail a series of shockingly sordid sexual encounters, often involving group sex. One chapter concerns the seduction by Mr. Davis and his first wife of a 13-year-old girl called Anne. Mr. Davis wrote that it was the girl who had suggested he had sex with her."
Harnden added, "He then described how he and his wife would have sex with the girl" many times over the course of several weeks. "On other occasions," he added, "Mr. Davis would cruise in Hawaii parks looking for couples or female tourists to have sex with. He derived sexual gratification from bondage, simulated rape and being flogged and urinated on."
This explosive information, if the character in the book is actually based on Davis's own experiences, would further demonstrate why Obama would want to cover up Davis's true identity in his book, calling him just "Frank."
There is no question that Davis wrote the book under the pseudonym of "Bob Greene." John Edgar Tidwell, the editor of other books by Davis, has confirmed this is the case. But Tidwell has questioned how much of Sex Rebel is based on Davis's own life experiences and describes it as "semi-autobiographical."
Harnden acknowledged to AIM that Davis "left himself some wiggle room, not least I suppose because of the possibility of prosecution" for statutory rape of a 13-year-old.
Whether the book Sex Rebel is entirely based on Davis or not, the controversy certainly demonstrates that Davis had a perverted sexual interest and should not have been trusted as a mentor for any young person.
Obama has not publicly responded to growing concern about his relationship with Davis, and whether Davis's influence went beyond ideology to matters of a sexual nature. However, during a campaign appearance on Thursday, Obama accused Jerome Corsi, author of The Obama Nation, of "making stuff up" about him. Corsi devotes part of chapter 3 of his book to Davis's role as a "Communist mentor" for Obama.
With the allegations about Davis's life as a sex pervert and consumer of illegal drugs, the pressure could mount on Obama to come clean about the mysterious relationship.
But the pressure may not be coming from the "conservative" Fox News Channel.Â
On August 18, Fox News aired a special program, "Presidential Character & Conduct 2008: Barack Obama," which not only ignored Frank Marshall Davis but the association of Obama with Communist terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. The program, narrated by Bill Hemmer, a former anchor for CNN, mostly relied on friends, associates and a friendly biographer of Obama for information about the candidate.
While the program did include information about Obama's relationship with convicted felon Tony Rezko, it concluded that Obama did nothing illegal and ignored Rezko's involvement with a controversial Iraqi-born billionaire, Nadhmi Auchi, who has been pressuring the media to stop running negative stories about him.
One has to wonder if Auchi or his representatives got to Fox News Channel, whose parent company, News Corporation, is run by Rupert Murdoch, a vocal supporter of Obama, and is owned in part by an Arab-based Middle Eastern company.