For two hours last night, Obama minions beseiged retired conservative U of IL professor, Milt Rosenberg’s WGN radio show during his interview with Stanley Kurtz about the Obama-Ayers connections during the Chicago Annenberg Challenge.
Reminiscent of Obama’s first IL Senate run… where his legal team systematically eliminated all primary competitors by challenging all petition signatures… Obama has sent the lawyers in to attempt to quash the McCain Obama-Ayers ad, criticizing McCain’s suggestion that Obama had a relationship with Ayers beyond that of another guy in the ‘hood.
Barack Obama’s supporters insist that an ad from a conservative group attacking his ties to unrepentant 1970s radical William Ayers is irrelevant to the campaign. Cass Sunstein, a University of Chicago law professor and close friend of Mr. Obama, says that while he is “very disturbed by [Mr. Ayers’] past and by his refusal to disavow what the did . . . the implications of this for Obama are zero.”
You wouldn’t know that from the reaction of the Obama campaign. Yesterday, it took the extraordinary step of airing a response to the Ayers ad, which links Mr. Obama to the former Weather Underground organizer who took credit for a series of non-fatal bombings at the U.S. Capitol and Pentagon during the Vietnam War era. “With all our problems, why is John McCain talking about the 60s, trying to link Barack Obama to radical Bill Ayers?” the Obama ad asks. “McCain knows Obama denounced Ayers’ crimes, committed when Obama was just 8 years old.”
Obama lawyers have also sent a letter to the Justice Department demanding a criminal investigation of the American Issues Project, the conservative group behind the ad, for potentially violating campaign finance laws.
The Obama campaign ignored host’s offer to have an Obama representative present to offer counterpoints.
According to a a post on today’s Chicago Tribune blog, The Swamp:
Zack Christenson, executive producer of “Extension 720 with Milt Rosenburg,” said the response was strong.
“I would say this is the biggest response we’ve ever got from a campaign or a candidate,” he said. “This is really unprecedented with the show, the way that people are flooding the calls and our email boxes.”
Christenson said the Obama campaign was asked to have someone appear on the show and declined the request.
“He got into the files just yesterday, so we wanted to have him on to find out what he found. And, if at all possible, we wanted to get the Obama campaign, to get their side of the story,” Christenson said. “That’s why the uproar is kind of amazing, because we wanted the Obama campaign’s take as well.”
Instead of stepping up to the plate for the debate and accepting the opportunity to appear with Kurtz, the Obama campaign conveniently omitted the invitation in an email sent out as a call to action for the Obamatrons to assail the show. Obviously, they didn’t want the sheeple to know that the Obama team no more wants to confront the Ayers issue anymore than they want to debate McCain in townhall settings.
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…
Kurtz has been using his absurd TV appearances in an awkward and dishonest attempt to play the terrorism card. His current ploy is to embellish the relationship between Barack and Ayers.
Just last night on Fox News, Kurtz drastically exaggerated Barack’s connection with Ayers by claiming Ayers had recruited Barack to the board of the Annenberg Challenge. That is completely false and has been disproved in numerous press accounts.
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.
NRO’s Stanley Kurtz is only second on this story. The lead sleuth is California Attorney, Steve Diamond, Global Labor and Politics blog, who is far from conservative. Diamond described the onslaught of the Obama faithful as a “wave of hostile attacks” in his late yesterday.
Caller after caller to WGN read off talking points provided them by the Obama campaign alleging that Dr. Kurtz, and by implication and sometimes directly, Milt Rosenberg, was “smearing” Barack Obama and finding Obama “guilty by association.” They also accused Kurtz of lying.
Yet, when pressed for specifics, these callers had none.~~~
Perhaps we should not be surprised by the tactics of the Obama campaign – attempting to squash a legitimate discussion on the respected Rosenberg show of these sensitive issues.
This is not the only media that has been confronted by the Obama faithful when they run ads that the campaign doesn’t like.
Frankly, I’m not surprised at all by the Chicago style political tactics. From his first IL Senate run with the legal hit job, or Obama’s personal physical confrontation with the smaller stature Lieberman on the Senate floor, and culminating with a cut off roll call vote at the DNC Convention (decided in last minute negotiations with the Clinton team), Obama has demonstrated a consistency in eliminating debate and negativity with full front legal, physical and media assaults.
The campaign is turning flip flops, trying to redefine the Obama-Ayers relationship and distance themselves from Ayers days of active terrorism by suggesting an 8 year old Obama was no member of the Weather Underground. They redefine Ayers as “a respected member of the Chicago intelligentsia”.
However Ayers was, and remains, a radical advocate of teaching “social justice” and socialism to America’s youth. As the CAC documents will show, and have already revealed, Obama and Ayers controlled $160 million in funds, much of which was funneled for political advocates that implemented Obama and Ayers’ shared belief in youth indoctrination throughout the Chicago school districts. An experiment that was a bust for improving scholastic achievement.
The Obama/Ayers CAC adventure is damning on many fronts. It shows Obama deliberately lies about his relationship with Ayers for political expediency, that he shares a socialist agenda to be implemented thru American schools, and that he sure knows how to blow tons of cash on a losing proposition.
UPDATE: Read my friend, Bob Park’s (Black & Right) take on this in the Canada Free Press… classic line:
Who needs the Fairness Doctrine when you have a thin-skinned, no credible response, Obama Administration that will use its power to punish his critics.
What First Amendment?
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