Obama Truth Squad using prosecutors to intimidate opposition

This is astonishing: KMOV-TV in St. Louis reports that prosecutors and sheriffs in Missouri have joined the Obama Truth Squad to put their official legal muscle behind objections to TV and radio ads critical of Sen. Barack Obama.

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch, a past president of the National District Attorneys Association, said that whether the ads came from an opponent’s campaign or another organization, “If they’re not going to tell the truth, somebody’s got to step up and say, ‘That’s not the truth. This is the truth.'”

The thuggery of Obama’s organization is beginning to make the Clintons look like pantywaists.

Example: Obama’s campaign sent a letter to TV stations airing an ad by the National Rifle Association, threatening their licenses unless the ad was pulled:

Failure to prevent the airing of “false and misleading advertising” may be “probative of an underlying abdication of licensee responsibility” Cosmopolitan Broad. Corp v. FCC, 581 F.2d 917, 927 (D.C. Cir. 1978).

Here’s the ad that has the Obama Truth Squad up in arms:

But that’s not the extent of the Obama campaign’s efforts to silence dissent.

On August 27th, the Obama campaign in Chicago was offered the opportunity to provide a spokesperson to appear on Extension 720, the long-running late-night talk show hosted by the genteel and erudite Dr. Milton Rosenberg. Rosenberg’s guest that night was Stanley Kurtz, a journalist for National Review, who for months had researched Barack Obama’s extensive ties to the radical Left, including the fraudulent voter registration group, ACORN.

Kurtz’s latest project involved investigating Obama’s ties with unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers; specifically, their collaboration on an “education reform organization” called the Chicago Annenberg Challenge.

Rather than respond on-air, the Obama camp quickly fired off an “Obama Action Wire”, emailing and texting supporters in the Chicago area to flood the WGN switchboard with calls demanding that Kurtz be denied the opportunity to speak.

In the next few hours, we have a crucial opportunity to fight one of the most cynical and offensive smears ever launched against Barack.

Tonight, WGN radio is giving right-wing hatchet man Stanley Kurtz a forum to air his baseless, fear-mongering terrorist smears. He’s currently scheduled to spend a solid two-hour block from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. pushing lies, distortions, and manipulations about Barack and University of Illinois professor William Ayers.

Tell WGN that by providing Kurtz with airtime, they are legitimizing baseless attacks from a smear-merchant and lowering the standards of political discourse.
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It is absolutely unacceptable that WGN would give a slimy character assassin like Kurtz time for his divisive, destructive ranting on our public airwaves. At the very least, they should offer sane, honest rebuttal to every one of Kurtz’s lies.

Which was itself a lie. As noted above, WGN did offer the Obama camp the opportunity to provide someone to counter Kurtz’s claims. Instead, they mobilized the Truth Squad in a blatant attempt to intimidate Kurtz, Rosenberg, and the staff at WGN. Rosenberg said on the air that the “firestorm” burning up the station’s switchboard during the Kurtz interview had never before occurred during his 30-year career.

And Obama’s campaign repeated the tactic a few weeks later when Rosenberg interviewed author David Freddoso about his book, The Case Against Barack Obama — even though a liberal was on the program to present an opposing view.

This is chilling. The incidents with WGN are examples of old-fashioned political goon arm-twisting. But enlisting the help of professional law enforcement officials to police political advertising — even if they do so in an unofficial capacity — is absolutely inappropriate. It’s one thing when campaign volunteers contact a broadcaster with a complaint, even if it’s in the form of the “firestorm” at WGN. It’s quite another when the local sheriff or prosecuting attorney calls.

I used to think that Barack Obama was a naive guy with a psychological need to tell the rest of us how to live, somebody whose primary skill was selling himself. And that may be what he is. But if that’s the case, then the people behind Obama, the ones who’ve pumped tens of millions of dollars into the effort to make him the next president of the United States, are nasty, and they’re playing for keeps.

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