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Posted on 09/17/2008 3:08:20 AM PDT by markedmannerf
Obama tried to silence this interview now you can here it HERE
Chicago radio station WGN-AM is again coming under attack from the presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama for offering airtime to a controversial author.
It is the second time in recent weeks the station has been the target of an "Obama Action Wire" alert to supporters of the Illinois Democrat.
Monday night's target was David Freddoso, who the campaign said was scheduled to be on the station from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Chicago time.
"The author of the latest anti-Barack hit book is appearing on WGN Radio in the Chicagoland market tonight, and your help is urgently needed to make sure his baseless lies don't gain credibility," an e-mail sent Monday evening to Obama supporters reads.
"David Freddoso has made a career off dishonest, extreme hate mongering," the message said. "And WGN apparently thinks this card-carrying member of the right-wing smear machine needs a bigger platform for his lies and smears about Barack Obama -- on the public airwaves."Swamp Politics
(Excerpt) Read more at wgnradio.com ...
listening now bttt...
The Fascist Left and BO has 90% of the Media in the tank and they still try to shut down the few voices that do not comply...this is unacceptable!
Anyone heard from Stan Kurtz regarding the Annenberg files?
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Obama is setting up the justification for the revival of the Fairness Doctrine.
Obama already call many media stories “lies” regardless of the truth and, if elected, President Obama will ram the Fairness Doctrine down our throats and turn the internet over to UN moderators in an effort to suppress conservative opposition organized via talk radio and the internet.
Everyone who is sensible and speaks truth is a liar in the Obama camp’s eyes. Shades of 1984.
The Palin file: It had to be said
September 17, 2008
BY MICHAEL SNEED Sun-Times Columnist
I do have an opinion. Really. I rarely write about my life, except for occasional references to my family and growing up in the grasslands of North Dakota.
And rarely, as a columnist, do I write about issues . . . although I have the cachet to do so.
Then Hillary Clinton ran for president and was hit with more sexist barbs than St. Sebastian had arrows.
And when John McCain chose (gulp!) a good-looking woman from Alaska named Sarah Palin as his running mate, the liberal pundits threw every red shoe at her they could find — and tossed as many hair pins at her as they could muster.
That frosted my cake.
Being first and fair was my journalistic baptism in the tumultuous 1960s.
Unfortunately, fairness keeps getting redefined.
Our reporters are fair and unbiased, but it’s no secret Obama adoration is overflowing in our columns.
My colleagues have a right to their opinions, but I’ve decided to interject a little balance in the column trade.
I’ve been in the newspaper business a hell of a lot longer than most of our columnists, but that doesn’t mean I’m wiser and smarter. But I do have history.
Covering the return of nine Marine POWs to Camp Pendleton from Vietnam’s Hanoi Hilton — where McCain was imprisoned for more than five years — gives me an intimate perspective.
Words barely describe his bravery and valor. I heard it first hand.
There is also no excuse for the way McCain deserted his wife, who waited for him to come home. But as with every tortured mind there is a reason — and McCain has never tried to hide what he did or make an excuse for it.
And if you think Sun-Times readers are only Obama supporters, think again. Here’s some excerpts from Sneed’s mail bin Tuesday.
“It seems you are the only columnist in Chicago that dare say anything good about [Palin]. I am so sick of the Obamamania around Chicago. I live in the city and would love to put up a McCain/Palin yard sign, but I think my house might get bombed.”
“I was pleasantly surprised by your article about Sarah Palin. I was very disturbed and offended by the number of liberal, one-sided articles in the Sun-Times Sept. 13th. Frankly, if I wasn’t disabled with the use of only one arm, I contemplated dropping my Sun-Times subscription last Saturday, but it is much easier to read with only one hand.”
“Well, I finally agree with you after all these years of reading your column.”
“If we African Americans can be gleeful over the candidacy of Barack Obama, it’s okay for you white women to gush over Sarah Palin.”
“Thank you. . . . That took incredible guts, and you have ‘em in spades. Finally someone at the Sun-Times who is not afraid to be proud of Palin.”
“What a courageous statement today, considering all the extreme bias around you. So kudos to one brave and honest member of the fourth estate.”
Rich and Lois B.
“Loved your article on Palin. Wow, can you write! You have guts to have that printed in Chicago. Keep strong.”
Fellow feminist P.W.
“After finishing your column just now, I have decided this morning to have it on my doorstep each day. I am a single working dad of a 14-year-old daughter. Hang tough.”
“I was undecided up until Palin was chosen. You hit on so many reasons I was feeling but could not verbalize. I feel her choice indicates McCain is more open to change than anybody. For a while I was beginning to think the Sun-Times was an arm of the Obama campaign.”
Though I’m an independent and hoping the debates will make up my mind, I think your column about Sarah Palin was fantastically wonderful. Go, Sneed, Go!”
“It is so refreshing to hear a journalist say what America is actually thinking. I know you’re going to get quite a liberal backlash . . . just wanted to be one approving voice.”
* AUGUST 20, 2008
Obama Played by Chicago Rules
By DAVID FREDDOSO
Democrats don’t like it when you say that Barack Obama won his first election in 1996 by throwing all of his opponents off the ballot on technicalities.
By clearing out the incumbent and the others in his first Democratic primary for state Senate, Mr. Obama did something that was neither illegal nor even uncommon. But Mr. Obama claims to represent something different from old-style politics — especially old-style Chicago politics. And the senator is embarrassed enough by what he did that he misrepresents it in the prologue of his political memoir, “The Audacity of Hope.”
In that book, Mr. Obama paints a portrait of himself as a genuine reformer and change agent, just as he has in this presidential campaign. He attributes his 1996 victory to his message of hope, and his exhortations that Chicagoans drop their justifiable cynicism about politics.
SEN. PALMER ENDS BID FOR RE-ELECTION
Chicago Tribune - January 18, 1996
Author: Nancy Ryan and Thomas Hardy, Tribune Staff Writers.
State Sen. Alice Palmer , a respected South Side lawmaker, concluded an embarrassing fall and early winter Wednesday by withdrawing her re-election bid.
Palmer ‘s troubles started Nov. 28, when she placed a distant third to Jesse Jackson Jr. in the Democratic primary to fill the year left on former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds’ term in the 2nd Congressional District
Then Palmer angered some supporters by deciding to run for re-election to the General Assembly, even though she already had endorsed a successor, lawyer Barack Obama .
Obama didn’t much appreciate Palmer ‘s move, and a volunteer in his campaign challenged hundreds of the 1,580 signatures that Palmer
had collected on her nominating petitions. Because of her last-minute decision to re-enter the race, Palmer had only about two weeks to collect all of the signatures.
“When she got back in the race, a number of my supporters were surprised and didn’t think that she could have gathered enough good signatures in two weeks,” Obama said.
Palmer said Wednesday: “I don’t want to say (the signatures) were successfully challenged. It’s much more complicated than that.”
She said her campaign was in the process of collecting affidavits from people who had signed the petitions. But the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners had scheduled a 10 a.m. hearing Wednesday on the challenge.
“There was some question over whether the elections board would accept affidavits,” Palmer said. That and other factors led Palmer to conclude that she wouldn’t have enough signatures by Wednesday’s deadline.
Palmer , 56, was appointed to her post in 1991 and won a four-year term in 1992. She said she’s not bitter about Obama ‘s challenge and wants to focus on the remainder of her term.
JACKSON FOE NOW WANTS OLD JOB BACK - PALMER MUST NOW BATTLE OWN ENDORSEE
Chicago Tribune - December 19, 1995
Author: Thomas Hardy, Tribune Political Writer.
The political aftershocks of last week’s special 2nd Congressional District election still were being felt Monday when state Sen. Alice Palmer , who lost to U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. in the special Democratic primary, announced that she will seek re-election to the legislature.
As the filing period for the March 19 primary closed Monday, Palmer faced a re-nomination challenge from a candidate of her own making, Chicago lawyer Barack Obama , whom then-congressional candidate Palmer had endorsed as her replacement in the Illinois Senate
“Michael Jordan can come back, and so have I,” Palmer said in response to the mild controversy created by the filing of her nominating petitions.
Obama , however, accused Palmer of breaking her word and acknowledged that he was being pressured to withdraw in deference to the incumbent.
Among other last-day filings: Chicagoan Ronald Gibbs joined the U.S. Senate Democratic primary; Ald. Ray Frias (12th) became the sixth Democratic primary challenger to U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez; Judith McIntyre, a deputy commissioner in Chicago, entered the Democratic primary against her former boss, Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Aurelia Pucinski; and the Democratic field for retiring U.S. Rep. Cardiss Collins’ 7th District seat topped out at 13 candidates.
Political ethnic strategy played out in the Democratic primary for Cook County Recorder of Deeds, where Mary Ellen “O’Hara” Considine was joined in her challenge to incumbent Jesse White by two other candidates: Maura O’Brien McDermott and Mary Cavanagh. McDermott and Cavanagh could siphon the Irish and female vote away from Considine, who lost to White in the 1992 primary.
Palmer had set the stage for her conflict last summer when she launched her congressional campaign and declared that she would forgo re-election for a second term in the state Senate; she endorsed Obama for the seat Sept. 19.
The legislator said she backed Obama at a time when she expected to be running against former Rep. Mel Reynolds in the March primary. But Reynolds was convicted and imprisoned for sexual assault and obstruction of justice. Jackson then defeated Palmer and three others in the primary before winning the general election to fill the seat.
Palmer said that she was backing Jackson, who filed Monday for the March primary, for re-election and that an outpouring of encouragement from her South Side legislative district led her to run for re-election.
“I am disappointed that she’s decided to go back on her word to me,” Obama said. He argued that Palmer ‘s action was “indicative of a political culture, where self-preservation comes in rather than service.”
In addition to Obama , three other Democrats filed to challenge Palmer .
In other filings:
- Geraldine Laury, sister of U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), will be one of two Democratic primary challengers to South Side State Rep. Shirley Jones.
- Former Ald. Juan Soliz entered the Democratic primary against State Sen. Jesus Garcia in a Southwest Side district.
- Evanston lawyer Patrick Giordano weighed in against state Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Evanston in the Democratic primary
“He wondered if we should knock everybody off the ballot. How would that look?” said Ronald Davis, the paid Obama campaign consultant whom Obama referred to as his “guru of petitions.”
In the end, Davis filed objections to all four of Obama’s Democratic rivals at the candidate’s behest.
While Obama didn’t attend the hearings, “he wanted us to call him every night and let him know what we were doing,” Davis said, noting that Palmer and the others seemed unprepared for the challenges.
But Obama didn’t gloat over the victories. “I don’t think he thought it was, you know, sporting,” said Will Burns, a 1996 Obama campaign volunteer who assisted with the petition challenges. “He wasn’t very proud of it.”
Candidate Not What He Seems, Foes Insist
Chicago Sun-Times - February 12, 1996
Author: Salim Muwakkil
Barack Obama , the leading (and perhaps only) Democratic candidate seeking to succeed Sen. Alice Palmer in the state’s 13th District, is one of the brightest political prospects . . . well, since Rhodes scholar Mel Reynolds.
That comparison is not intentionally invidious, just a reminder of how impressive credentials sometimes exempt political candidates from proper scrutiny. And although Obama ‘s credentials are quite impressive, his critics s insist that all isn’t what it seems.
Adolph Reed Jr., a progressive Northwestern University professor of political science, condemns Obama as a politician with “impeccable do-good credentials and vacuous-to-repressive neoliberal politics.” Robert T. Starks, another academic-activist who serves as chairman of the Task Force for Black Political Empowerment, says Obama is the tool of forces outside the black community.
A graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, Obama was the first African American elected president of the Harvard Law Review. Between Columbia and Harvard, he worked on community development programs in Harlem and on Chicago’s South Side. He earned kudos for his energetic and innovative work with Project Vote, a statewide voter registration project. In his spare time, Obama , whose mother is a white American and whose father is Kenyan, also managed to write a book, Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance. The book is an insightful volume that explores the intersections of race, class and culture from his unique perspective.
Obama was the subject recently of a laudatory front-page profile in the Chicago Reader and was cited by N’Digo, a popular black-owned publication, as one of the city’s top movers and shakers of 1995 and beyond. This 34-year-old attorney, author, lecturer and community development specialist clearly is a man pregnant with promise.
That’s why I wasn’t surprised when Palmer touted him as her worthy successor last year when she decided to give up her Senate seat to challenge Reynolds in the congressional primary. His progressive politics apparently echoed her own. Like Palmer , he seemingly understands both the allure and the limitations of identity politics; he seeks to create coalitions around common concerns, not exclusively issues of tribe or gender.
But this is Chicago, where black political progress is stuck in a thick web of intramural rancor. Predictably, trouble is brewing in the 13th District. When it became apparent that Palmer was faring badly in the congressional campaign, a group of supporters met with Obama and asked him to withdraw from the race if she lost. He refused. After Palmer came in third behind Jesse Jackson Jr. and Emil Jones in the congressional race, she was drafted to run for re-election.
Obama refused to oblige Palmer ‘s supporters, and this time he was unequivocal. In fact, he mounted a challenge to her nominating petitions that forced her to drop out of the race. He also has challenged the petitions of the other three candidates (Mark Ewell, Gais Askia and Ulmer Lynch).
Palmer no longer supports Obama , but she insists that her change of heart has nothing to do with personal pique. “I’ve since discovered that he’s not as progressive as I first thought,” Palmer explains.
But surely she’ll support Obama if he’s the district’s Democratic nominee? “No comment.”
The web thickens.
Salim Muwakkil is a Chicago writer and senior editor of In These Times magazine.
Posted September 17, 2008 6:05 AM
by John McCormick
Much of Barack Obama’s political success can be traced to a database listing contact information for millions of people, a tool that has proved invaluable in raising record sums of money and organizing a national volunteer network.
Now Obama’s presidential campaign is increasingly using the list to beat back media messages it does not like, calling on supporters to flood radio and television stations when those opposed to him run anti-Obama ads or appear on talk shows.
It did so as recently as Monday night, when it orchestrated a massive stream of complaints on the phone lines of Tribune Co.-owned WGN-AM in Chicago when the radio station hosted author David Freddoso, who has written a controversial book about the Illinois Democrat....