Skip to comments.Obama Campaign Tries to Shut Down Chicago Radio Show
Posted on 08/28/2008 9:30:15 AM PDT by Presbyterian Reporter
Members of Barack Obamas campaign HQ in Chicago tried to shut down a local radio show on the City's most powerful radio signal, WGN 720, because they didn't like a conservative guest that was on going on the air to discuss Senator Barack Obama's ties to local terrorist William Ayers. This is a shocking attempt at stifling political free speech and a bald attempt to quash debate by the office of the Democratic Party's nominee. The funny thing is, WGN is the most liberal station in the City with every host but one slavishly supporting the junior Senator from Illinois.
Show host Milt Rosenberg, the station's only conservative leaning host (probably to be considered more libertarian than Republican), had on short notice asked conservative writer Stanley Kurtz to come on the air to discuss his work on uncovering Obama's ties to terrorist Wiliam Ayres and the Annenberg Challenge project. Kurtz was just in Chicago for his investigation and Rosenberg contacted Kurtz only that morning to appear. At the same time, Rosenberg's producer contacted the Obama campaign's HQ -- which is but blocks from the radio station in downtown Chicago -- to offer some time on the air with Kurtz to debate Kurtz' claims about Obama and Ayres. The campaign, however, flatly refused the offer of the equal air time and instead tried to drum up via email a protest of the show, trying to get it stopped.
After the refusal of host Rosenberg's offer to appear on the air with Kurtz, the Obama campaign issued an extensive email (The Chicago Tribune has the full text) to drum up protests of the radio station, which said in part...
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.
The email gave the Rosenberg show contact info and told people to call and protest Kurtz' appearance. The email also lied to its supporters by acting as if the Obama campaign was not offered fair rebuttal time.
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.
I happen to live in Chicago and by chance was listening to the Milt Rosenberg show and heard for myself the host assure listeners that he offered the air time to the Obama campaign, an offer that was refused. Rosenberg even went so far as to offer any other show date for the Obama campaign's rebuttal to Kurtz' work.
Then, in compliance with the Obama campaigns email instructions, a parade of callers was aired all telling Rosenberg to shut down the Kurtz interview. Each caller was quite insensible to the unAmerican reaction in which they were indulging and each one was entirely unreasonable and uninformed on the facts. Sadly, this anti-American attitude seems typical of Obama supporters nation wide.
Now, Dr. Rosenberg's show is one of the most intelligent, even high brow, shows on the radio, so schmaltzy, exploitation radio is as far from his style as one can get. Rosenberg interviews authors of the highest standing and show topics range from philosophy, to Opera, to physics and political science. He even does a delightful yearly show on the misuse of the English language as well as one on the year's best literary offerings. Like I said, exploitation radio he ain't.
So, for the Obama campaign to act as if this particular show is an affront to reasoned debate is an outrageous charge. Just as outrageous is the Obama campaign's obvious desire to destroy free political speech. It makes one quake to wonder what sort of oppressive climate an Obama presidency would impose on the country?
Here is the link to the WGN podcast of the program.
Hussein, We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives weve set. Weve got to have a civilian national security force thats just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.
The Soviet Union use to call them Young Pioneers?
Hitler called them brownshirts?
Just what one expects from a senator who backs the ‘fairness doctrine’ for talk radio.
***Weve got to have a civilian national security force thats just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.***
We do. It’s called the National Reserves. But Hussein wants a “security force” to throw over the government.
Let’s see. We have the military. We have ICE and Border Patrol. We have the FBI. We have ATF. We have the DEA. We have the TSA. We have the Secret Service. We have a state police force in every state. We have county and municipal “security forces.” I don’t think that we are inadequately policed. Could it be that this man wants a “national security force” loyal to him, rather than to the Constitution and the people?
“... in order to achieve the national
security objectives WE`VE set.”
Hussein is talking about his ideology.
I wonder if Obama has gang ties to Chicago’s South Side Black Gangster Disciples? Can anyone verify what was revealed to me?
Typical Marxists, shout the opposition down.
***Lets see. We have the military. We have ICE and Border Patrol. We have the FBI. We have ATF. We have the DEA. We have the TSA. We have the Secret Service. We have a state police force in every state. We have county and municipal security forces. I dont think that we are inadequately policed. Could it be that this man wants a national security force loyal to him, rather than to the Constitution and the people?***
Well, absolutely! Obama’s so-called civilian force will have guns, uniforms, the right to break into your home, drag you off the indoctrination camp (IF they let you live), anytime you disagree with Obama.
Thanks for the link.
"Nice work, Comrades. Keep up the pressure!"
Here’s that “Freedom of Speech” thingy again ...
Hitler called them brownshirts?
They'll be called, "Obamakorps".
Secretary of Education, or SCOTUS appointment
He sounds like a Mid-West Dennis Prager.
But to the point of this article, Obama represent the hard-left wing of the Democrat Party.
Some analysts have stated that this is the real split in the in the party, and that the Centrist wing, represented by the Clintons, knows that the Democrats have little chance of holding the presidency if the Democrats hew to the extreme left.
The left is in the ascendency, and the despicable tactics of the Left are on full display.
I believe you are correct in your assessment the Clintons are concerned about the direction of the Democrat Party to the hard left.
It would explain Bill Clinton’s supposed comment that Obama was nothing more than a “Chicago Street Thug”.
I just checked Google News and the only postings by Mainstream Media on Obama’s thugging of WGN is from the Chicago Tribune and the LA Times. Both, I believe, are blog postings by their staff.
On the other hand the blogosphere is all over this story. Lots of great and original commentary on the Obama/WGN event.
If hitler had of had sense enough to shave off his moustache and slip into our country some one would have ‘’discovered’’ him and run him for prez.
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