Skip to comments.Is the Obama campaign sending the law after critics?
Posted on 09/26/2008 6:05:24 PM PDT by markomalley
Have I gone insane, or is KMOV in St. Louis, Missouri, actually reporting that "Senator Barack Obama's presidential campaign is asking Missouri law enforcement to target anyone who lies or runs a misleading television ad during the presidential campaign"?
The report goes on to say that "prosecutors and sheriffs from across Missouri are joining something called the Barack Obama truth squad."
A video of the news broadcast can be found here.
Look, politicians are all about lies. It may be annoying (I find it entertaining), but that's for their opponents and good-government groups to counter -- not law enforcement. That's especially true since whether or not criticism is "misleading" is open to debate. What's being said may be simply a different interpretation, a bit of spin -- or a better version of the truth than candidates and their friends like.
Even if the officeholders joining the "truth squad" are nominally stepping out of their official roles in order to put on their (political) party hats and play politics, it's inappropriate. They wield too much power to use it to wag their fingers at people who say un-nice things about political hopefuls. Prosecutors and sheriffs are, after all, normally thought of as people with the clout to put their targets behind bars.
Somebody, please drop me a note to tell me that the station has it all wrong.
By the way, if the report is accurate, it fits all too well with the legal threats the Democratic candidate's campaign is leveling against TV stations that run NRA ads critical of Barack Obama. John Lott, a noted economist and firearms scholar, has copies of the Obama campaign's cease-and-desist letters on his Website. He also defends the content of the ads (emphasizing the debatable nature of "misleading.")
Remember that scrawny little wise-ass kid in Junior High who always ran to the Principal’s office whenever anyone actually challenged him to a real fight? It appears he went to Harvard and is now the Democratic Party’s candidate for President. What a pussy.
Obama’s little “Chicago Communist Mob” group was able to force his opponents off the ticket in Illinois fairly easily. NOW, they’re up against the entire Country, not just one little State. It isn’t easy to coerce an entire Country that’s not already totalitarian to back off and allow “the one” to be “the only one” on the ticket.
Obama wants to win the election, I’m not sure he really understands what it means to be President. It’s not like being the 12th Caliph, King of the Realm. I really do not think he actually knows what a President really does.
Maybe John McCain could ask him.
Just watched the kmov video about this.
It enforces my resolve against all things obama.
Imagine what life would be like under Prez 0bama. Free Republic shut down. Members blacklisted. Maybe re-educated. Think it can’t happen?
unf@cking believable!!! These tools literally are appearing in media stories promising to prosecute people who disagree with Obama.
No mention of lies about McCain huh???
I watched the KMOX video. My take is that these two politicians are in the tank for Obama and are IMPLYING that their self-appointed role of truth squad carries the force of law. It doesn’t. These are just two politicians who are trying to bluff people. If they really were to try to charge people it would be a clear abuse of power and office.
It reminds me of all the anti-gun police chiefs. They believe that people will assume that their office lends some credibility to their positions.
It’s quite shameful really.
Hopefully the American people see a glimpse of what a Muslim president acts like. Or do they even care?
its the weekend....but I better be seeing Hannity and Rush and Bor and all of them attacking this loudly .....we need a national outrage and an national response.....
fight fire with fire.....
it doesn't matter if they actually act on what they are saying..
.THEY ARE INTIMIDATING CITIZENS WITH THE FORCE OF THEIR OFFICE TO PROTECT THEIR ONE CANDIDATE....
this is fascist......pure and simple.....
I see we have the boot lickers trying to calm us down though....
“Did somebody say Schutzstaffel?”
They also mentioned the “Final Solution”. It is not Obama who is frightening, it is the lawyers and cops who blindly follow him and allow him to get away with it. Shades of Naziism and Communism. “Kristallnacht” will not be far off.
I watched the news cast on video. I can’t beleive it wasn’t a satire... And said with a stright face! And that the sheriff was joining the group???
Precisely. OF course no mention of them going after ALL lies, just ones they perceive are against Obama. Hello, are any American citizens home? Wake up!
An exclamation point on everything in your post! BUMP
But Jews will go for Osama in overwhelming numbers. Go figure.
They are intelligent lemmings but logic seems to be lacking.
Nope. The US would go the way of the USSR instead, the second Illinois lawyer having undone completely the work of the first.
Chavez, Stalin, Hitler, Lenin, Mao, Kim Jong-il, Obama....
To Obama any opinion that is in disagreement with his is labled as Lies, Hate speech, Racist. America is dying while we watch. TAKE ACTION.
Obama is green. Oops, did I say that out loud? Good thing I live in Michigan. Wait, someone just pulled into the driv...
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