Obama’s character assassins target another National Review journalist

posted at 7:46 am on September 16, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

David Freddoso attempted to appear on Milt Rosenberg’s WGN radio show last night, and just as when Stanley Kurtz tried to talk on the same show, the Barack Obama campaign organized a disruption of the show.  The campaign sent out an e-mail to supporters in the area sliming Freddoso as an “extreme” hate monger, a “smear merchant”, and attempted to silence him despite Rosenberg having an Obama surrogate on the show:

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. …

The Tribune-owned station was flooded with calls and e-mails about an hour before an Aug. 27 interview with Stanley Kurtz, a conservative writer who examined Obama’s ties to former 1960s radical William Ayers.

A WGN producer said Monday night’s response was about the same as when Kurtz was on the station.

Here’s the “Obama Action Wire” in its entirety, courtesy of Guy Benson:

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.

David Freddoso has made a career off dishonest, extreme hate mongering, even calling legislation to protect people from hate crimes the “Thought Police.”

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.

Freddoso will be on WGN tonight from 9:00 to 11:00 to promote his new attack book against Barack.

Tell WGN that by providing Freddoso 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

A couple weeks ago, we asked you to call into Rosenberg’s radio show when he hosted unapologetic smear artist Stanley Kurtz’ incoherent rantings about Barack and William Ayers.

And you responded. Rosenberg’s producer said the flood of calls and emails the show received was the biggest response ever for something like this.

Calling will only take a minute, and it will make a huge difference if we show that our grassroots movement can go toe-to-toe with their media smear machine.

Confront Freddoso 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

Who is Freddoso, anyway?  David Freddoso had the temerity to commit actual journalism in investigating Barack Obama’s record in public life.  That resulted in his book, The Case Against Barack Obama, which has apparently angered The One to the point where he believes Freddoso shouldn’t get a chance to speak in public.  Like with Kurtz, who committed the sin of journalism in attempting to get the records of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge released, Obama has spewed invective at Freddoso for daring to dissent in print.

Where is the rest of the media on this?  It’s the second time in three weeks that the campaign itself has organized a brute squad to intimidate journalists into silence.  This kind of insane, hysterical reaction to criticism is apparently what we can expect from an Obama administration, and the rest of the media seems content to allow it.

We worry about the Fairness Doctrine.  It appears that an Obama administration would be more comfortable with encouraging mobs to intimidate critics into silence.  Hope and change, indeed.

Guy will have more on this at The Media Blog later this morning.  In the meantime, here’s the link to David’s book:

Here’s the show in which I interviewed Freddoso about his book. (I removed the embed on this post because of the auto-play feature.)

Update: Guy has his post up at Media Blog.  It’s another eyewitness account of the mob swarm, only Guy gets extra points for mentioning Notre Dame (who beat Michigan on Saturday) and leprechauns.

Update II: Here’s a link to the podcast.


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wow I thought I had dialed skype by mistake…

Where is the rest of the media on this? It’s the second time in three weeks that the campaign itself has organized a brute squad to intimidate journalists into silence. This kind of insane, hysterical reaction to criticism is apparently what we can expect from an Obama administration, and the rest of the media seems content to allow it.

What we can expect from an O’bambi administration is prosecution for “hate crimes” if we dare criticize him. His thuggery will in effect outlaw being Republican by unequal enforcement of law. His backers are wanting to harass GOP donors.

In short it will make Bill Clinton look ethical.

sven10077 on September 16, 2008 at 7:51 AM

BO’s Committee of Public Safety is getting cranked up.

forest on September 16, 2008 at 7:56 AM

Ed, Don Ho called and he wants his shirt back.

cat-scratch on September 16, 2008 at 7:57 AM

David Freddoso has made a career off dishonest, extreme hate mongering, even calling legislation to protect people from hate crimes the “Thought Police.”

‘Thought police’! I don’t think I’ve ever heard something so vicious!

EnglishMike on September 16, 2008 at 7:58 AM

It appears that an Obama administration would be more comfortable with encouraging mobs to intimidate critics into silence. Is this the type of Community Organizing BHO was apart of back in the day?

multiuseless on September 16, 2008 at 7:58 AM

cat-scratch on September 16, 2008 at 7:57 AM

That would be a neat trick.

Ed Morrissey on September 16, 2008 at 7:59 AM

Tiny bubbles, in the show……..

Hening on September 16, 2008 at 7:59 AM

It seems that what Obama wants to trash our sacred Constitution…

WI-Hawk on September 16, 2008 at 8:00 AM

Wow, this country is getting more and more Naziesque by the day. If this sh!thead wins, it’s going to be unbelievable around here.

ErinF on September 16, 2008 at 8:01 AM

Seriously, McCain needs to do an ad about this.

Has Obama expressed an opinion about the Fairness Doctrine? Whether or not he’s publicly for it, the McCain campaign should be flagging this as an indication of the assaults on free speech we can expect under an Obama administration.

EnglishMike on September 16, 2008 at 8:03 AM

So much for the 1st Amendment…

ZK on September 16, 2008 at 8:03 AM

Chicago politics, what can we expect?

Bambi on September 16, 2008 at 8:03 AM

Not to make myself seem old, but I am old enough to remember when liberals were liberal. When liberals encouraged free speech. The answer to what one considered wrong was more speech feeling that Americans are smart enough to figure it out.

I know this means I am OLD. There are many long time democrats that say they did not leave the democratic party but the party left them. I have to feel people of real liberal values must feel the same way. How can they tolerate this effort to suppress speech.

DVPTexFla on September 16, 2008 at 8:05 AM

Hate crime legislation isn’t the Thought Police. Just ask The One’s little Ministry of Truth.

Red Cloud on September 16, 2008 at 8:05 AM

Well, it IS Chicago. Obama’s got ground troops there and is comfortable with these methods.

This is exactly the kind of intimidation tactic taught by Saul Alinsky. It’s what a “community organizer” does in Chicago.

jeanneb on September 16, 2008 at 8:08 AM

What are they so afraid of?

The truth, I guess.

JammieWearingFool on September 16, 2008 at 8:10 AM

They do believe in freedom of speech….it’s just that some people have more freedom of speech than some other people.

bloggless on September 16, 2008 at 8:10 AM

Now, THAT, reads like a CAIR action alert…just sayin’.

jerrytbg on September 16, 2008 at 8:10 AM

“a brute squad to intimidate journalists into silence”
“encouraging mobs to intimidate critics into silence.”

Wow. That sounds nasty! So what kind of tactics are these people going to employ? Threats?

What? They’re supposed to call in and say “they are legitimizing baseless attacks from a smear merchant and lowering the standards of political discourse.”

Wow. How intimidating. That’s pretty volatile stuff.

I guess the campaign is too tough for you guys to handle.

Dave Rywall on September 16, 2008 at 8:11 AM

I wasn’t going to buy Freddoso’s book because I already have two copies of ObamaNation (which I offer to lend to anyone willing to read them). However, I will now purchase his book, and add it to my lending library.

Ironic how Sarah Palin has the left foaming at the mouth because she once asked a rhetorical question about book banning many years ago as a mayor.

Whose the bigger threat to free speech?

Disturb the Universe on September 16, 2008 at 8:14 AM

good mornin’ Dave how ya doin’ bud…

jerrytbg on September 16, 2008 at 8:14 AM

The calls to silence David Feddoso were unheeded by failed aborted babies.

csdeven on September 16, 2008 at 8:17 AM

I guess the campaign is too tough for you guys to handle. – Dave Rywall on September 16, 2008 at 8:11 AM

The tactics these fascist thugs employ are an indicator of how they would behave if given the power to silence those they disagree with. Then again, given the fascist nature of your own government with regard to free speech, I imagine you are blissfully, stupidly unaware of its importance here.

Dummy.

ManlyRash on September 16, 2008 at 8:18 AM

What is this? 2nd grade? The man has NEVER had to work for anything in his life, yet he’s chosen to surround himself with shady, shuck and jive characters and we’re never supposed to question that?

Color me unimpressed.

SouthernGent on September 16, 2008 at 8:18 AM

So much for the 1st Amendment…

ZK on September 16, 2008 at 8:03 AM

The 1st Amendment only applies to liberals, and terrorists, never to conservatives. (/snark)

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on September 16, 2008 at 8:20 AM

Free speech for me, but not for thee.

JimK on September 16, 2008 at 8:22 AM

Shades of the Third Reich.

Be vigilant everyone lest you lose your Republic.

rplat on September 16, 2008 at 8:25 AM

If a presidential candidate were a pansy and he surrounded himself with thugs to do the bullying for him, what would his campaign look like?

pugwriter on September 16, 2008 at 8:25 AM

The first and second amendment are in jeopardy if this ,socalistic,racist,euoropist,elitist,muslim peice of shit is elected to be president.NOW do you really want to know what I think?Semper Fi[always faithful]

Marines for Mccain on September 16, 2008 at 8:28 AM

Civilian National Security Force.

CNSF == NAZI

jeff_from_mpls on September 16, 2008 at 8:28 AM

When liberals talk it’s free speech.

When conservatives talk it’s hate speech.

Simple, really.

Bishop on September 16, 2008 at 8:29 AM

Civilian National Security Force.

CNSF == NAZI

jeff_from_mpls on September 16, 2008 at 8:28 AM


Remember Hitler was a community organizer

Marines for Mccain on September 16, 2008 at 8:29 AM

“card-carrying member of the right-wing smear machine”

I want a card! Please!

covel on September 16, 2008 at 8:30 AM

“Bugs” Obama…or is it Barack “Capone”…has the Chicago mob going full tilt here. I’m wondering what sort of color scheme the Obamaites are going to choose for their shirts…Pale blue? Nope…the Muslim Brotherhood took that a while back, so did Franco’s Phalange…Black? Nope…Mussolini did that…Brown? Nope…that was Hitler’s gig. Red? Nope…while a socialist, he still wants some measure of originality. What about green? That would reflect on all the money he’s gotten from his pals in the Chicago machine, Tony Rezhko, and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Seriously, never have I been more worried about an election than I am now. The US is literally standing on a precipice. While certain individuals both American and foreign would love nothing more than to see us go over that cliff (and you know who I’m talking to and about), I don’t and I don’t think most of the people here do.

Matt Helm on September 16, 2008 at 8:31 AM

Jedi mind trick = FAIL!!!

grapeknutz on September 16, 2008 at 8:31 AM

Shades of the Third Reich.

Be vigilant everyone lest you lose your Republic.

rplat on September 16, 2008 at 8:25 AM


Remember Hitler was a community organizer

Marines for Mccain on September 16, 2008 at 8:31 AM

What are they afraid of, exactly? What is it that Kurtz would possible have to say which would hurt Obambo?

You libs are a joke; hypersensitive, whining clowns who apparently can’t stand the light.

Cockroaches, now that I think about it, yes, you are now the Cockroach Party.

Bishop on September 16, 2008 at 8:32 AM

Anyone here who has a blog which regularly get’s listed on memorandum should blog about and against this ironic thuggery…

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.

David Freddoso has made a career off dishonest, extreme hate mongering, even calling legislation to protect people from hate crimes the “Thought Police.”

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.

These people want hate crime laws and the end of the fairness doctrine… liberal fascism is coming…

ninjapirate on September 16, 2008 at 8:32 AM

Hmm… Siccing mobs on opponents. Why does this sound like a barely-more-civil version of the Robert Mugabe approach to political opposition? Aaa. Probably just me.

Tommygun on September 16, 2008 at 8:33 AM

“card-carrying member of the right-wing smear machine”
I want a card! Please!
covel on September 16, 2008 at 8:30 AM

Those cards are actually small copies of the Constitution, something which liberals have decided is now subject to ‘feelings’.

Bishop on September 16, 2008 at 8:34 AM

A great philosopher once said”I do not agree with a word that you say,but, I defend to the death your right to say it”

Marines for Mccain on September 16, 2008 at 8:35 AM

“All opposition must be stamped into the ground.” — Motto of the SA.
Ernst Rhom just called and he wants his Brownshirts back.

FalseProfit on September 16, 2008 at 8:35 AM

“card-carrying member of the right-wing smear machine”
I want a card! Please!
covel on September 16, 2008 at 8:30 AM

Those cards are actually small copies of the Constitution, something which liberals have decided is now subject to ‘feelings’.

Bishop on September 16, 2008 at 8:34 AM

Uh, I went to public school and received full indoctrination. What’s this “Constitution” of which you speak?

Tommygun on September 16, 2008 at 8:35 AM

“card-carrying member of the right-wing smear machine”

I want a card! Please!

covel on September 16, 2008 at 8:30 AM

Contact your local Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy Headquarters.

Disturb the Universe on September 16, 2008 at 8:35 AM

There must be a distubance in the force,
I watched Night of the Long Knives early,
and so far Hopey is following the blueprint!

The liberals for the last 8 years have nothing
but contempt for President Bush,the Moonbats are
saying violations of rights and spying!

Here’s a case of Freedom of the Press,harassing
journalists,threatening,is every bit looking like
brown shirts!

Actually,its every bit,Hugo Chevez,and the Left
adores him,even tho Hugo shuts down all tv and media,
and again,Liberals say they stand up for free speech
as long as you shut-up or agree with them!!

canopfor on September 16, 2008 at 8:36 AM

Keep moving – nothing to see here.

Fuquay Steve on September 16, 2008 at 8:37 AM

These people want hate crime laws and the end of the fairness doctrine… liberal fascism is coming…
ninjapirate on September 16, 2008 at 8:32 AM

Head over the northern border to see it in action:

“Anyone who runs an online message board, from the lowliest vanity blogger to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, can be charged under federal human rights law if visitors to their site post hateful comments, according to the Canadian Human Rights Commission. . . . If a message board owner can’t manage to ensure the content of the message board is complying with Canadian law, then the message board should not be operating.”

Bishop on September 16, 2008 at 8:39 AM

Obama Action Wire:

Joe Public was heard disagreeing with Barak’s (Peace be upon HIM) racial preference policy at Flo’s Diner on 10 Main St, in Everytown USA.

Obama Central requires all Obama Youth memebers in the vicinity to grab their pitchforks and torches and engage erradicate this threat to Michelle’s children.

Alden Pyle on September 16, 2008 at 8:41 AM

Obama learned well from the father of community organizing.. Saul Alinsky.

John Doe on September 16, 2008 at 8:42 AM

,I>Uh, I went to public school and received full indoctrination. What’s this “Constitution” of which you speak?
Tommygun on September 16, 2008 at 8:35 AM

My apologies.

The “Constitution” is some sort of paper that a bunch of old white guys threw together like, about a 1000 years ago, which said that women and minorities could get pwned by rich people who wanted to take all the oil and ruin the earth and stuff.

Ignore it, it’s just a NeoCon™ trick to use as an excuse to start more wars and kill arabs and whatever.

Bishop on September 16, 2008 at 8:43 AM

It appears that an Obama administration would be more comfortable with encouraging mobs to intimidate critics into silence.

When the opposition goes into convulsions, and their only defense is to shut down open dialogue, that means they are incapable of defending themselves with open dialogue.

Hmmmmm. I want to hear more about Obama’s relationship with Ayers and the reported use of Annenberg educational funds for political advantage.

Saltysam on September 16, 2008 at 8:44 AM

This is the Democrat Party’s Danish cartoon.

An author correctly points out that Obama is linked to violent extremists, and Obama’s violent extremists lash out: stop calling us violent extremists or else.

jeff_from_mpls on September 16, 2008 at 8:46 AM


This is the Democrat Party’s Danish cartoon.

jeff_from_mpls on September 16, 2008 at 8:46 AM

Just wanted to highlight your brilliance.

Thanks for that.

Saltysam on September 16, 2008 at 8:49 AM

Hmm… Siccing mobs on opponents. Why does this sound like a barely-more-civil version of the Robert Mugabe approach to political opposition? Aaa. Probably just me.

Tommygun on September 16, 2008 at 8:33 AM

Cybermobs today…real mobs tomorrow

Matt Helm on September 16, 2008 at 8:50 AM

The tactics these fascist thugs employ are an indicator of how they would behave if given the power to silence those they disagree with. Then again, given the fascist nature of your own government with regard to free speech, I imagine you are blissfully, stupidly unaware of its importance here.

Dummy.

ManlyRash on September 16, 2008 at 8:18 AM

In fairness to drywall, you’re asking him to think a step ahead, which I’m guessing is not his strong suit.

venividivici on September 16, 2008 at 8:51 AM

What exactly happened? Was Freddoso not able to go on? Was Kurtz not able to go on? Did they cut power to the station or knock out the telephones or something?

I agree I don’t like the sentiment that anyone who criticizes Obama is automatically a smear merchant who doesn’t deserve to speak on the public airwaves, but what exactly did the phone mob accomplish in this case?

DrSteve on September 16, 2008 at 8:53 AM

Color me unimpressed.

SouthernGent on September 16, 2008 at 8:18 AM

You racist!!
(do I need a sarcasm tag?)

SKYFOX on September 16, 2008 at 8:54 AM

In fairness to drywall, you’re asking him to think a step ahead, which I’m guessing is not his strong suit.

venividivici on September 16, 2008 at 8:51 AM

Bishop on September 16, 2008 at 8:55 AM

Execution of the scorched earth plan…….Hitler decided that the entire nation should go down with him.

try again later on September 16, 2008 at 8:58 AM

Obama people believe in free speech, so long as you watch what you say.

The most serious threat to our freedom is the enemy within.

petefrt on September 16, 2008 at 8:59 AM

What exactly happened? Was Freddoso not able to go on? Was Kurtz not able to go on? Did they cut power to the station or knock out the telephones or something?

I agree I don’t like the sentiment that anyone who criticizes Obama is automatically a smear merchant who doesn’t deserve to speak on the public airwaves, but what exactly did the phone mob accomplish in this case?

DrSteve on September 16, 2008 at 8:53 AM

A good point. I think the intention here is to silence future efforts by intimidating WGN through the flood of emails and calls–and also to prevent supportive voices from coming through–or–and more importantly, to prevent undecided callers who might be hearing this for the first time from getting another take on Obama.

True, their actions didn’t stop Freddoso or Kurtz from going on, but the Obama cybermob is seeking to win long-term through attrition and intimidation. That is something they cannot be allowed to succeed at doing.

Matt Helm on September 16, 2008 at 8:59 AM

The way this is going, Obama will incite the murder of a journalist by one of his lunatic followers.

He should realize that he is playing with fire. Even all of his media lickspittles won’t be able to cover for him if he incites murder.

NoDonkey on September 16, 2008 at 9:01 AM

It’s like Barak is…..organizing…..a community of sorts…

Coronagold on September 16, 2008 at 9:02 AM

This morning I went to http://wgnradio.com/index.php?option=com_contact&task=view&contact_id=14&Itemid=3 and wrote a short email to Tom Langmeyer, Vice President and General Manager of WGN Radio.

All I did was let him know that I appreciated his station trying to present both sides of the issues in this Presidential election, and also to urge him to to cave to groups like the ones who were sending out this email.

This is actually the 2nd time this bunch has gone after WGN for presenting what they consider to be anti-B.O. information.

It’s time to confront groups like this head on and let them know these kind of bullying tactics are not going to be tolerated anymore.

For now, you may want to drop Tom Langmeyer a line letting him know the efforts of WGN Radio to intelligently present all the issues during this election season are appreciated.

pilamaye on September 16, 2008 at 9:02 AM

Brownshirts.

Spirit of 1776 on September 16, 2008 at 9:03 AM

Dear friends,
For those of us who are old enough to recall the 1960s, this is nothing new. It’s the same tried (and tired) old strategy first developed by the very so-called “Free Speech” movement… shout down someone who has the audacity to disagree.
In fact, from my reading of history, the very so-called “Free Speech” movement didn’t invent it.
Hitler did.
Jesus Christ’s supporters never tried to silence their opponents.
Barack Obama’s did.
Jesus Christ wasn’t a community organizer. He stood up proudly to proclaim who He was and what His truth was. So did his disciples.
Barack Obama doesn’t want us to know who he really is. Neither do his disciples.

veering OT, but it had to be said.

either orr on September 16, 2008 at 9:05 AM

And WGN apparently thinks this card-carrying member of the right-wing smear machine

Where do I apply to get one of these cards? I’d love to have one in my wallet. Dishonest, extreme hate mongering, while not my career, is a hobby I take very seriously.

saint kansas on September 16, 2008 at 9:06 AM

A great philosopher once said”I do not agree with a word that you say,but, I defend to the death your right to say it”
Marines for Mccain on September 16, 2008 at 8:35 AM

Well let’s not get carried away.

Akzed on September 16, 2008 at 9:06 AM

Buzz this up!

JAM on September 16, 2008 at 9:09 AM

Well, as there is no circumstance under which I’d vote for Obama, I didn’t think I’d buy Freddoso’s book since for me the case is already made.

But in light of this, I’m buying the book anyway. Freddoso deserves our support.

JohnTant on September 16, 2008 at 9:10 AM

Sounds like Obama’s Chicago supporters are engaging in a kinder, gentler version of the Winnie Mandela justice system…

jon1979 on September 16, 2008 at 9:11 AM

My first thought: Hugo Chavez

I knew Barack was a leftist twit and a “community organizer,” but I’m starting to think he really wants to be a tin pot dictator.

urbancenturion on September 16, 2008 at 9:15 AM

NoDonkey on September 16, 2008 at 9:01 AM

My wife and I just had that conversation. Radical whack jobs exist on both sides of the political landscape, everybody needs to be cautious of this dynamic. I worry about Sarah and her family. I sure hope she/they are surrounded by secret service. Sarah is the greatest threat to Liberalism that has come along in my life time. Sarah took on “big oil companies” in Alaska and beat them down. This girl will bring reform & change to DC, and this scares the living crap out of the scum that currently controls everything there.

Fight fire with fire folks; donate to the McCain/Palin campaign. Even 10 dollars goes along ways when multiplied by thousands.

Keemo on September 16, 2008 at 9:17 AM

Hey, does anyone know what happened with Stanley Kurtz’s review of the Annenberg Challenge documents? We’ve heard literally nothing about that for over two weeks — which suggests to me that there’s nothing there. :(

Outlander on September 16, 2008 at 9:21 AM

Obama: Mendacity. Duplicity. Opacity.

Dusty on September 16, 2008 at 9:24 AM

To borrow a little Instapundit Schtick:

“They told me that when George W. Bush was elected, journalists would be intimidated into silence…and they were right!”

I just purchased the Kindle version of Freddoso’s book. I’m looking forward to reading it.

JohnTant on September 16, 2008 at 9:25 AM

Totalitarianism, imagine 8 years of that?

……and we thought the Clintons were dangerous.

FireBlogger on September 16, 2008 at 9:28 AM

I worry about Sarah………

Keemo on Sept 16,2008 at 9:17AM.

Keemo:And I agree!

The Liberal party is not unified,and to top it off,
Obama took HiLRods brass ring,and along comes a
massive political airstrike so to speak,and the
Republicans put up a very formidable can do,honest,
women,Sarah Palin!

The Republicans are going to make history,by the
first woman Vice President!

And no wonder the Liberal Democratics are on the
verge of snapping,HilRod and her femenazis have been
planning Hillarys ambition for President for forty
years!

Along comes SarahCuda,and the woman who are Dems
just had their world turned upside down!!

canopfor on September 16, 2008 at 9:35 AM

Totalitarianism, imagine 8 years of that?

……and we thought the Clintons were dangerous.

The Clintons are saints in comparison. I am genuinely frightened of what might happen should Obama and his gang take charge.

Matt Helm on September 16, 2008 at 9:35 AM

The Obama Secret Police will be out to get us all.

Samhain on September 16, 2008 at 9:36 AM

When the loon left crawls out from behind its rock to go “Brownshirt” on freedom of speech it will end up getting “us” the 3 – 5% they are good for every other November.

Life is So Grand!!©

Shivas Irons on September 16, 2008 at 9:39 AM

Ed, Zombie Don Ho called and would like his shirt back.
: P

carbon_footprint on September 16, 2008 at 9:40 AM

Hey, at least The O has proven he has command of something other than uh…oh…um…you see…

trailboss on September 16, 2008 at 9:43 AM

Under the Bush Administration, dissent was “patriotic”.

Under an Obama Administration, dissent will be a “hate crime”.

Techie on September 16, 2008 at 9:43 AM

Wow, this country is getting more and more Naziesque by the day. If this sh!thead wins, it’s going to be unbelievable around here.

ErinF on September 16, 2008 at 8:01 AM

Pardon me, but Godwin much? Can we please not feed the Dave Rywalls of the world by suggesting that the Obamanites acting like whiny little bit*hes on radio shows is the same as being Nazis.

In my studies of history, I seem to recall that the really bad part about Nazism was that they shot people in the head who didn’t go along with their politics.

This is somewhat more egregious than calling up Milt Rosenberg and crying about his guest. Come on, guys; this isn’t all that hard. You write your comment, and then you go back and remove the words “Nazi” and “Hitler”, and fix the grammar. A fourth grader can do it.

Jaibones on September 16, 2008 at 9:48 AM

I have faced liberal intolerance many times, and I worry about the potential for “hate speech” laws and the increasingly fascist tactics of the extreme Left. Combined with Senator Obama’s nationalization of Cook County machine politics, and the Obamanation movement poses a very serious threat to fundamental American freedoms.

Loxodonta on September 16, 2008 at 9:49 AM

Keemo on September 16, 2008 at 9:17 AM

I worry about the Palin family, too. I hope the kids are up in Alaska with secret service protection. Kinda makes me wish Piper hadn’t become quite such a hit at the convention.

Quisp on September 16, 2008 at 9:51 AM

Outlander on September 16, 2008 at 9:21 AM

Considering the University took a week to scrub the files before they let Kurtz near them, of course there’s nothing there.

Quisp on September 16, 2008 at 9:51 AM

This is crazy, if Obama gets elected then we can start calling George Orwell ‘The Prophet’. In fact this is creepier than 1984, it reminds me of another book. I guess must’ve been Logan’s Run, yeah.

Aylios on September 16, 2008 at 9:54 AM

I agree I don’t like the sentiment that anyone who criticizes Obama is automatically a smear merchant who doesn’t deserve to speak on the public airwaves, but what exactly did the phone mob accomplish in this case?

Selling more copies of Freddoso’s book. But much like the smear campaign against Palin, just because it’s backfiring doesn’t mean they shouldn’t get called out for making the attempt. This is the official campaign site doing this. They’re not even bothering to hide it by going through MoveOn or one of the other surrogates.

Obama should change that other site to Fight the (Facts with) Smears.

Jim Treacher on September 16, 2008 at 9:56 AM

In my studies of history, I seem to recall that the really bad part about Nazism was that they shot people in the head who didn’t go along with their politics.

Not at first, they didn’t.

Jim Treacher on September 16, 2008 at 9:58 AM

I don’t know why it’s so shocking. Students on campus have been doing this to conservative speakers for YEARS. Ask the Minutemen how that’s been working for them.

tree hugging sister on September 16, 2008 at 10:07 AM

I was reading the transcript, mainly getting pissed, and then I came to this…

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

and got a chill.

Let’s just remember that John McCain has zero chance of carrying Illinois.

Zero.

So this is Barry acting like Barry in Barry’s hometown. He doesn’t have anything at all to gain by doing this. And if this author were to be on the air in oh, say, Cleveland, he wouldn’t dare try these tactics.

So what he’s doing here is just giving us a peek into what we can expect if all of America becomes his home market.

Typhoon on September 16, 2008 at 10:08 AM

In my studies of history, I seem to recall that the really bad part about Nazism was that they shot people in the head who didn’t go along with their politics.

Actually, they didn’t have to do that as much as you might think. For the most part, all they had to do when Hans Arbeitsman got out of line was to have the party boss at his factory along with the factory manager calmly take him aside and talk to him. The conversation would go something like this:

“Guten Tag, Hans! Wie gehts? I heard your Frau is expecting. Das ist gut–another son for the Fatherland! Und I hear that Joachim has been named platoon leader in his Obama Youth Group. Oh…by the way…we’ve been hearing some pretty disturbing things. Someone has been saying bad things about the Obamessiah–we can’t have that, of course–smears are so uncivil–they belonged to the outlawed Republican party and the conservatives. If the person responsible doesn’t stop…then I’m afraid we’d have to let him go…and well…I’m not sure he’d be able to find a job with a charge of Obamasmearing on his record. And his poor family…how would he be able to support them…

While a man alone might be willing to defy the system, it becomes a different matter when his loved ones are thrown into the equation.

Matt Helm on September 16, 2008 at 10:15 AM

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