Bill Ayers Gives First Interview

Speaks of 'distant' relationship with Obama, calls Palin's charges 'absurd'
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2008 9:20 PM CST
This Dec. 3, 1980 file photo shows former Weather Underground member William Ayers as he enters the Criminal Courts Building in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Charles Knoblock)
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(Newser) – Sarah Palin's infamous terrorist Bill Ayers was busy palling around with his first interviewer yesterday, having his first say since his name became a campaign hot button, reports the Washington Post. Although Ayers says he does not "feel very victimized," but thinks that "they made me into a cartoon character" to use as a punching bag.

The former Weather Underground member sees the media as sharing the blame for letting the story of his association with Barack Obama get out of hand. "The dishonest narrative is that guilt by association has some validity," he says. The college prof described death threats he has been receiving, but appeared in good spirits, jokingly accusing passersby of "palling around" with each other.