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.")
Das Fuhrer Obama always speaks the truth!
is no one paying attention?...
where is Rush?..Hannity?....where is Beck and where is BOR!
“I for one welcome our new Muslim overlord”
The Brown Shirts are becoming Official. It is getting to be less funny.
Arrest Obama. He seldom tells the truth.
Obama is a natural born totalitarian.
Saul Alinsky tactics.
It’s Barack Obama—”in your faces”. Between this, the WGN incident, the Obama camp asking stations to remove an NRA ad critical of him, and threatening the licenses of television stations who aired a commercial linking him with Ayers, it’s all part of a very disturbing trend.
I’ve heard both Rush and Hannity on this issue, bigger question is WHERE ARE WE?? We need to push back, question those people, see if there are contact points which there are.
“Missouri Law Enforcement”? What’s that? State police, DAs, CAs, local police, which? Need some more specifics, what “instrument” do they have in hand, what legal document, what court order, which court?
I’ve been in that business a long time, those people are not untouchable, many operate under the “color of law” an assumption that gets many of them in hot water, especially without true authority backing up their demands.
Remember the old hippie slogan “Question Authority”? That goes both ways, for conservatives as well as hippies.
Just wait: If Der Fuhrer Baraq Hussein mohammed 0bama takes office,this will be common practice.
Then some will learn the tactics of insurgency...
I am seriously starting to lose it. This guy is pure evil.
Are the jackboots standard issue or do they come in the package with the brown shirts?
Did somebody say Schutzstaffel?
Did somebody say Schutzstaffel?
OK - take a deep breath. In, out.
It’s St Louis (a cesspit to be sure, for the most part)
Who? St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce and St. Louis County Circuit Attorney Bob McCulloch. What? - they are threatening to bring libel charges against those who speak out falsely against Barack Obama.
(No, they are not, they are as white as you - no, really!)
NO - go to the KMOV website, the have the photos up.
Deranged - likely. A threat, no.
Put away the AKs, put down the torchs and pitchforks.
Just make sure that when they come up for re-election, they end up un-employed.
Get an anti bumper sticker and drive by the police sta. a lot. Get a ticket or arrested and sue hell outa em. Money will come in handy during this recession.