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Obama Campaign Confronts WGN Radio (Directs ObamaNazis to Target Stanley Kurtz Interview Tonight)
Chicago Tribune - The Swamp ^ | Wednesday, August 27, 2008 | John McCormick

Posted on 08/27/2008 8:20:47 PM PDT by kristinn

Sen. Barack Obama's campaign is organizing its supporters tonight to confront Tribune-owned WGN radio in Chicago for having a critic of the Illinois Democrat on its air.

"WGN radio is giving right-wing hatchet man Stanley Kurtz a forum to air his baseless, fear-mongering terrorist smears," Obama's campaign wrote in an e-mail to supporters. "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."

Kurtz, a conservative writer, recently wrote an article for the National Review that looked at Obama's ties to former 1960s radical William Ayers.

The magazine had been blocked in its initial attempts to obtain records from the University of Illinois at Chicago regarding the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, which Obama chaired and Ayers co-founded. The school later reserved its position and made the records available Tuesday.

Obama's campaign is urging supporters to call the radio station to complain.

"Tell WGN that by providing Kurtz with airtime, they are legitimizing baseless attacks from a smear-merchant and lowering the standards of political discourse," the note said.

"It is absolutely unacceptable that WGN would give a slimy character assassin like Kurtz time for his divisive, destructive ranting on our public airwaves," the note continued. "At the very least, they should offer sane, honest rebuttal to every one of Kurtz's lies."

(Excerpt) Read more at swamppolitics.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: achillwind; ads; ayersobamaconnection; censorship; dncbrownshirts; dnctalkingpoints; intimidation; liberalfascism; obama; obamaayersconnection; unfairnessdoctrine
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1 posted on 08/27/2008 8:20:47 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: All
From Jonah Goldberg at NRO:

From a reader:

Jonah,

The WGN broadcast is absolutely fascinating and live on line at WGN.com

The host Milt Rosenberg, who is unquestionably an institution in Chicago talk radio, and has never ever been overtly partisan, is clearly stunned by the Obama-campaign-initiated email and phone attack on the Kurtz broadcast. He's brought his producer into the interview room TWICE to affirm that a) their phone lines and emails have been swamped with abuse, and b) that the Obama campaign was invited to participate. The producer is quoting talking points shared by the campaign.

As far as the content - there's significant evidence presented by Stanley Kurtz that Obama's been dissembling about his contact if not his relationship with Ayers. The toothpaste is out.

08/27 11:02 PM

2 posted on 08/27/2008 8:23:03 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

frankjr posted this.


3 posted on 08/27/2008 8:24:09 PM PDT by ken21 (people die and you never hear from them again.)
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To: kristinn
Wow!

There is something they are really worried about, for them to go that far.

4 posted on 08/27/2008 8:24:24 PM PDT by capt. norm (Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.)
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To: kristinn; holdonnow

BUMP!


5 posted on 08/27/2008 8:25:44 PM PDT by A. Morgan (VOTE FOR A LIBERAL N' WE'LL BE UP TO OUR NECKS IN ILLEGALS and OUTA' GAS!)
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To: kristinn

So it’s all supposed to be a whitewash,eh?


6 posted on 08/27/2008 8:26:00 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: kristinn

Wow, the Most High, Exulted, and Merciful Lord Obamessiah Almighty really has his tit in a wringer over this.


7 posted on 08/27/2008 8:26:01 PM PDT by lesser_satan (Cthulu '08! Why vote for the lesser evil?)
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To: kristinn

Can you say unhinged? Apparently any criticism of bambi is a baseless sleazy smear, despite boundless evidence supporting it. Bambi and his goons will make Stalin look like Little Lord Fauntleroy.


8 posted on 08/27/2008 8:26:16 PM PDT by HerrBlucher (Obama Bin Biden.........thank you Lord, thank you thank you thank you.)
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To: All
Link to WGN. Listen live buttong at top right of page.
9 posted on 08/27/2008 8:26:20 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

This blows my mind. If Bambi is elected where will free speech go?


10 posted on 08/27/2008 8:27:02 PM PDT by libbylu
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To: kristinn

Liberals don’t believe in the First Amendment.


11 posted on 08/27/2008 8:27:39 PM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: kristinn

Fascinating radio, I’ve been listening for about 20minutes.


12 posted on 08/27/2008 8:27:47 PM PDT by Velveeta
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To: kristinn
We should copy a transcript and direct mail it to every home in America, with this suppression attempt as a cover letter.

They don't want speech, but free men will not be muzzled.

13 posted on 08/27/2008 8:27:54 PM PDT by JasonC
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To: kristinn

This is EXACTLY what you can expect from a radical socialist president like Obama. Pure Stalinism. Recall how Bill Clinton LIED tonight when he said Obama would “defend, protect and uphold the Constitution”??

Oh really Bill??? Here is a massive attack on free speech Billy?? Now where is your pro-Constitution Obama Billy??

What a pack of lying, radical, anti-American socialists.

Read it and weep for America if this commie fraud gets put in our White House.


14 posted on 08/27/2008 8:28:07 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: kristinn

Sounds like the natives are getting a bit restless.


15 posted on 08/27/2008 8:28:27 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule (I support the death penalty for people who go to baseball games and talk on their cell phones.)
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To: kristinn
LOL @ BHO's campaign heeding Kerry's advice and admonitions!

16 posted on 08/27/2008 8:30:15 PM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: kristinn

mu God!! I am listening to it right now!! They have some deep sh** on osama


17 posted on 08/27/2008 8:32:14 PM PDT by lookout88 (Combat search and rescue officer's dad.)
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To: kristinn

I keep hearing Roy Orbison singing “Just Running Scared” inside me widdle hedd.

mwaa-haa-haa!


19 posted on 08/27/2008 8:33:23 PM PDT by Fudd Fan (obama bi - bye den)
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To: libbylu
If Bambi is elected where will free speech go?

It will go bi-bi.

20 posted on 08/27/2008 8:35:09 PM PDT by Fudd Fan (obama bi - bye den)
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To: lookout88

BTTT


21 posted on 08/27/2008 8:35:15 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (Obama is the Democrats guy. They bought the ticket, now they must take the ride.)
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To: Fudd Fan
I keep hearing Roy Orbison singing “Just Running Scared” inside me widdle hedd.

I keep hearing Pink Floyd's "Run Like Hell" while envisioning the scene from the "The Wall".
22 posted on 08/27/2008 8:35:55 PM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: JasonC
Politico published the Obama e-mail:

---------- Forwarded message ----------

From: Obama Action Wire

Date: Wed, Aug 27, 2008

Subject: Chicago: CALL TONIGHT to fight the latest smear

[Name] —

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.

Call into the "Extension 720" show with Milt Rosenberg at (312) 591-7200

(Show airs from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. tonight)

Then report back on your call at http://my.barackobama.com/WGNstandards

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.

Kurtz is scheduled to appear from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in the Chicago market.

Calling will only take a minute, and it will make a huge difference if we nip this smear in the bud. Confront Kurtz tonight before this goes any further:

http://my.barackobama.com/WGNstandards

Please forward this email to everyone you know who can make a call tonight.

Keep fighting the good fight,

Obama Action Wire

________________________________ The Facts on Barack and William Ayers:

William Ayers was involved with the Weather Underground when Barack Obama was eight years old, and Barack has roundly condemned their actions.

Last night on Fox News, Kurtz tried to radicalize an education reform program in Chicago called the Annenberg Challenge. The Challenge was funded by Republican Walter Annenberg, introduced by Mayor Daley and Republican Governor Jim Edgar, and one of its initiatives was even praised by John McCain. Kurtz claimed on Fox News that William Ayers recruited Obama to the Annenberg Challenge -- a flat out lie. Ayers did not serve on the board of the Challenge, and he had nothing to do with Barack's recruitment.

Some more background on Stanley Kurtz:

Stanley Kurtz Is Tied To Bill Kristol's Conservative Think Tank. Kurtz is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. The Policy Advisory Board includes: William Kristol. [Bio, policy advisory board, EPPC website, accessed 8/27/08]

Stanley Kurtz Was A Research Fellow At The Hoover Institution. In 2004, Stanley Kurtz was a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. [Boston Globe, 3/10/04]

Stanley Kurtz Claimed That Same Sex Marriage In Denmark Led To A Decline In Marriage Resulting In 60 Percent Of Children Being Born Out Of Wedlock. Stanley Kurtz stated: "Data from European demographers and statistical bureaus show that a majority of children in Sweden and Norway are now born out of wedlock, as are 60 percent of first-born children in Denmark. In socially liberal districts of Norway, where the idea of same-sex registered partnerships is widely accepted, marriage itself has almost entirely disappeared. [Boston Globe, 3/10/04]

Analysis Of Statistics On Marriage In Scandinavia Was Debunked. "Kurtz's argument — which O'Reilly embraces — is that when legal rights are accorded to gays, through some unspecified process heterosexual couples begin bearing children out of wedlock and refuse to marry when they otherwise would. There are many government policies that alter the incentives to get and stay married, and thus have direct and unsurprising effects on marriage; for instance, the availability of no-fault divorce leads to more divorces, and laws providing the same rights for cohabitating heterosexual couples as married couples lead to fewer marriages, as couples make private commitments to each other without seeking the imprimatur of the state. But neither Kurtz nor O'Reilly has provided a plausible justification for their belief that extending rights to gay couples harms heterosexual marriage." [Media Matters For America, 6/3/05]

Claimed That The National Nursing Shortage Was The "Fault Of Feminism." In 2002, the Los Angeles Times reported, "Back at National Review Online, contributing editor Stanley Kurtz makes the same point! He, too, says women shouldn't be trying to play by men's rules. Of course he has a slightly different take. According to Kurtz, the national nurse shortage is the fault of feminism, for bringing about "the replacement of a traditional ethic of sacrifice by a post-'60s ethos of self-fulfillment." Kurtz stated at the time "Nursing was once built around a spirit of feminine compassion and sacrifice. In the new, feminist world, that is unacceptable." [Los Angeles Times, 7/21/2002]

Stanley Kurtz Stated That The Harvard Faculty No Confidence Vote In Lawrence Summers Would Cause "Lasting Damage To The Cultural Left." On March 19, 2005, Stanley Kurtz stated on the National Review Online website, "I think the vote of no confidence in Lawrence Summers is a wonderful thing. Harvard continues to discredit itself with the American public. The faculty is trapped. If Summers resigns, this extraordinary example of political correctness will come back to haunt Harvard, and the entire academy, for years. But if Summers hangs on, the faculty itself will have been humiliated — checked by the very fact of public scrutiny. Either way, Harvard is tearing itself apart. So long as the public simply writes of the academy, the mice can play. But the intense public scrutiny in this case puts the captains of political correctness into a no-win situation. Like the closely watched Susan Estrich fiasco, this battle is doing lasting damage to the cultural left. As they say, sunlight is the best disinfectant." [National Review Online, 3/19/05]

The Obama Action Wire is a grassroots rapid response group for supporters to fight smears, spread the truth, push back on misleading media, and take positive action.

Forward this email to everyone you know or sign up for the Obama Action Wire now.

Paid for by Obama for America

23 posted on 08/27/2008 8:36:22 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn
Communism, on display, in all it;s disgusting glory.
24 posted on 08/27/2008 8:37:13 PM PDT by gidget7 (Duncan Hunter-Valley Forge Republican!)
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To: Velveeta

ditto

been listen for last ten minutes and sure seems scary just hearing a few callers..


25 posted on 08/27/2008 8:38:22 PM PDT by all_mighty_dollar
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To: kristinn

Thanks!

Outhouse Obama. A whole lota stink.


26 posted on 08/27/2008 8:38:25 PM PDT by auboy (Men who cannot deceive others are very often successful at deceiving themselves. Samuel Johnson)
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To: ConservativeMan55

We need to get this out....now.


27 posted on 08/27/2008 8:38:43 PM PDT by lookout88 (Combat search and rescue officer's dad.)
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To: kristinn
Thread here
28 posted on 08/27/2008 8:39:24 PM PDT by synbad600
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To: libbylu

When Obambi looses his Jihadists will make the Urban Areas a no go for anybody who looks like they may have voted against Malcolm X1.


29 posted on 08/27/2008 8:41:53 PM PDT by redstateconfidential (A man who lets his friends down, is no man at all.)
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To: Unam Sanctam

CONTROL THE MEDIA! CONTROL THE MEDIA! Intimidate the Masses.

Jail the opposition!


30 posted on 08/27/2008 8:42:01 PM PDT by ncfool (Making Obama look patriotic is above my pay grade)
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To: kristinn
By these standards criminals could get elected by saying exposure of horrendous acts are “lowering political discourse”. It's more than despicable.The American public deserves to have no stone left unturned.
31 posted on 08/27/2008 8:42:46 PM PDT by Earthdweller
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To: kristinn
"At the very least, they should offer sane, honest rebuttal to every one of Kurtz's lies."

Now what doctrine does that remind me of...
32 posted on 08/27/2008 8:42:58 PM PDT by kc8ukw
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To: JasonC; kristinn

We definitely need a transcript and/or audio link on this thread or another when it’s available. And of course, Kurtz is continuing his investigation and I hope he has backup in case something happens (God forbid) to his research or him.


33 posted on 08/27/2008 8:44:44 PM PDT by CedarDave (Rat party platform: Socialist, pro-abortion, tax everyone, surrender to anyone, sex with anything)
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To: kristinn

Just WOW. There must e at least a few of the receivers of these emails that this scares the crap out of. It should.

And further, me thinks he protests too much!


34 posted on 08/27/2008 8:45:27 PM PDT by gidget7 (Duncan Hunter-Valley Forge Republican!)
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To: lookout88
Greta is all over it


35 posted on 08/27/2008 8:45:34 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (Obama is the Democrats guy. They bought the ticket, now they must take the ride.)
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To: ConservativeMan55

I saw that...Greta is getting much more gutsy about politics these days. I like it.


36 posted on 08/27/2008 8:47:09 PM PDT by Earthdweller
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To: kristinn
'baseless, fear-mongering terrorist smears'

"baseless" - yeah, OK, so you don't think there's a basis for the arguement.

"fear-mongering" - so you think it incites fear in the minds of some people.

"terrorist" - ?!? Terrorist? As in 9/11? Terrorist?

That, my friends, is a lie of the highest order.

37 posted on 08/27/2008 8:47:27 PM PDT by TexasNative2000 (Is this tagline governed by McCain-Feingold?)
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To: kristinn

We’re seeing the real Obama; threats, intimidation and bullying. How long with the MSM look the other way? This political style is Hitlerian.


38 posted on 08/27/2008 8:48:23 PM PDT by Spok (Whatever you say about McCain, it must be admitted that he's no B. Hussein Obama.)
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To: kristinn

A little sooner notice would have been appreciated. :)


39 posted on 08/27/2008 8:49:49 PM PDT by doug from upland (8 million views of HILLARY! UNCENSORED - put some ice on it, witch)
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To: ConservativeMan55
Laura and Greta together...talking about Togas..hahaha!

They make a cool team....

40 posted on 08/27/2008 8:50:16 PM PDT by Earthdweller
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To: Earthdweller
I especially like some of Greta's guests...


41 posted on 08/27/2008 8:50:47 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (Obama is the Democrats guy. They bought the ticket, now they must take the ride.)
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To: ConservativeMan55

31 seconds too late :)~


42 posted on 08/27/2008 8:52:01 PM PDT by Earthdweller
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To: kristinn
Callers saying he is a liar.

He asks, “what are the lies?”, they can't answer.

Hilarious.

43 posted on 08/27/2008 8:52:09 PM PDT by roses of sharon ((Who sent Barack Hussein Obama?))
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To: Earthdweller

I’m just going to come out and say it.

Laura is flat out hot.


44 posted on 08/27/2008 8:52:17 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (Obama is the Democrats guy. They bought the ticket, now they must take the ride.)
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To: ConservativeMan55

Now that is a strong woman. Beautiful too!!


45 posted on 08/27/2008 8:53:38 PM PDT by lookout88 (Combat search and rescue officer's dad.)
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To: ConservativeMan55

I wouldn’t know...I just like her for her brains.


46 posted on 08/27/2008 8:54:39 PM PDT by Earthdweller
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To: Earthdweller

And what beautiful brains they are! LOL!


47 posted on 08/27/2008 8:55:18 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (Obama is the Democrats guy. They bought the ticket, now they must take the ride.)
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To: roses of sharon

They are reading O’s e-mail almost verbatim.


48 posted on 08/27/2008 8:55:34 PM PDT by auboy (Men who cannot deceive others are very often successful at deceiving themselves. Samuel Johnson)
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To: kristinn

Obamas running an ad saying he was but a wee lad when Ayers was acting up,so why is mean old man mccain picking on him.


49 posted on 08/27/2008 8:55:58 PM PDT by linn37 (Hail Me, Obama or be cast into the firey pits of eternal damnation!")
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To: auboy

These guys have run Chicago for decades and can't believe that the truth is getting out. What a whiner...

50 posted on 08/27/2008 8:56:26 PM PDT by fanpd
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