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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Obama snaps his fingers and his army does his bidding. He’s “organized” millions of followers. My question is this. What does he plan to do with this army if he gets elected, or if he doesn’t?

mushroom on September 16, 2008 at 10:15 AM

Gee, let’s have another rally in Germany so Obama’s Brownshirts can show their stuff.

TooTall on September 16, 2008 at 10:20 AM

The weakness of a candidate can be measured by the lack of strength exhibited in facing his critics.

Brass Pair on September 16, 2008 at 10:29 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

“I could while away the hours, conferrin’ with the flowers
Consultin’ with the rain.
And my head I’d be scratchin’ while
my thoughts were busy hatchin’
If I only had a brain.”

Mr_Magoo on September 16, 2008 at 10:32 AM

Hey! There goes Drywall now, goose-stepping down Pennsylvania Avenue!

Mr_Magoo on September 16, 2008 at 10:34 AM

Can anyone actually be suprised by this? I watched parts of the DNC and I don’t seem to recall a single group of conservatives attempting to shout down any speakers or rush the stage.

After seeing the attempts during the RNC, I am concerned about how wide of defintion “Hate Speech” will receive under an Obama administration.

darury on September 16, 2008 at 10:37 AM

Outlander on September 16, 2008 at 9:21 AM

Steve Diamond’s still found plenty to write about. Kurtz owes us an update, that’s for sure.

DrSteve on September 16, 2008 at 10:38 AM

Liberal fascism in action.

flenser on September 16, 2008 at 10:44 AM

“Four legs good! Two legs baaaaaaaaaaad!”

Alex_SF on September 16, 2008 at 10:44 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

I have said many times here that if you want to see the future of this country just look to the south and Chavez. Many in the cult of BO are also admirers of Chavez and Castro. Many are communist or at the very least socialist but they all share one thing in common which is that every one of them is on the lower end of the intelligence scale. I had one pro BO guy tell me how great it would be when BO takes over. Everything would be free, we would all be living like Bill Gates and it would be sex, drugs and rock and roll. I thought he was kidding but he wasn’t and it saddens me greatly that this once great nation has fallen so far. I have no doubt BO will win because it is what the people want and want so very badly. My only thought is that we will regret the reality of getting what we wished for.

jmarcure on September 16, 2008 at 10:47 AM

“Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.”

Tzetzes on September 16, 2008 at 11:07 AM

jmarcure on September 16, 2008 at 10:47 AM

I remember something similar in 76…sad..

jerrytbg on September 16, 2008 at 11:14 AM

Didn’t McCain and his campaign threaten to sue the National Enquirer a week and a half ago if they contined to investigate Palin?

jim m on September 16, 2008 at 11:20 AM

Didn’t McCain and his campaign threaten to sue the National Enquirer a week and a half ago if they contined to investigate Palin?

jim m on September 16, 2008 at 11:20 AM

Link or slink, BS-peddler.

fossten on September 16, 2008 at 11:20 AM

My single greatest concern in this election is my freedom of speech, aka the “fairness” doctrine.

Once that is gone, there is no way to fight back.

I am so pumped that the One is tanking…BUT this is not over yet.

This is the closest the left has ever been to taking over our country…they want to kill our ability to speak to each other and literally control whether we live or die by taking over our health care. This is NOT the time for complacency…McCain’s call to FIGHT could not be more appropriate.

JustTruth101 on September 16, 2008 at 11:27 AM

John McCain’s campaign threatened to sue a supermarket tabloid Thursday for printing the “vicious lie” that his vice presidential pick had cheated on her husband.
The National Enquirer is generally dismissed as poorly sourced gossip but has gained credibility in recent weeks after it broke the news of former Democratic hopeful John Edward’s affair.

The story also comes days after the revelation that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s 17-year-old daughter Bristol is five months pregnant and plans to keep the baby and marry the father.

The campaign said it was forced to reveal the pregnancy in response to false reports on liberal blogs that Palin’s four-month-old son was actually Bristol’s child.

McCain senior advisor Steve Schmidt dismissed the allegations of Palin’s affair with her husband’s business partner as “categorically false.”

“It is a vicious lie,” Schmidt told CBS news.

“The smearing of the Palin family must end,” Schmidt added. “The efforts of the media and tabloids to destroy this fine and accomplished public servant are a disgrace. The American people will reject it.”

The Enquirer story was based entirely on unnamed sources and the tabloid is known for paying sources for information, something considered unethical by mainstream media outlets.

“Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin look forward to discussing the issues that Americans care about, fixing broken government, creating jobs, making our country energy independent and securing the peace for the next generation by bringing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to a victorious end,” said Schmidt.

“Legal action will be considered with regard to this disgraceful smear.”

jim m on September 16, 2008 at 11:27 AM

jim m on September 16, 2008 at 11:27 AM

oh please…this is the same? Equivalence… do you even know what this tread is about…really? lol!

jerrytbg on September 16, 2008 at 11:34 AM

One’s legal action directly by a campaign, the other isn’t.

jim m on September 16, 2008 at 11:35 AM

jim m on September 16, 2008 at 11:35 AM

Don’t you see that the legal action actually makes the claims of the Enquirer seem false.
Why isn’t Obama suing these journalists? Because he might lose? He uses a different tactic.
Hmmmmmmm

bridgetown on September 16, 2008 at 11:38 AM

jim m on September 16, 2008 at 11:35 AM

annnnnd……? is there an ignore button i can push…

jerrytbg on September 16, 2008 at 11:40 AM

Actually, I see the threat of legal action to be more significant than what Obama’s doing since the Enquirer was apparently working on other stories about Palin.

jim m on September 16, 2008 at 11:49 AM

bridgetown on September 16, 2008 at 11:38 AM

Due to a lack of refutation.

jerrytbg on September 16, 2008 at 11:57 AM

Actually, I see the threat of legal action to be more significant than what Obama’s doing since the Enquirer was apparently working on other stories about Palin.

So legal action is worse than unethical action. Gotcha.

Jim Treacher on September 16, 2008 at 11:58 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

Kurtz warned that it would take some time to review the material when UIC first stalled him, and that therefore delay was critical. Think of trying to piece together the implications of a small mountain of documents, while at the same time trying to determine what’s missing and why.

Nichevo on September 16, 2008 at 12:09 PM

I’m reading Freddoso’s book now. I still believe in free speech.

That’s Chicago Machine politics for ya.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on September 16, 2008 at 12:18 PM

jim m on September 16, 2008 at 11:27 AM

Nice cut and paste skills, but what you posted doesn’t support your original comment:

Didn’t McCain and his campaign threaten to sue the National Enquirer a week and a half ago if they contined to investigate Palin?
jim m on September 16, 2008 at 11:20 AM

What it does say is that “McCain senior advisor Steve Schmidt dismissed the allegations of Palin’s affair with her husband’s business partner as “categorically false.” [and]““Legal action will be considered with regard to this disgraceful smear.”

Not future investigations, but what has already been written — smears that have already been made — which they have labeled as “categorically false.”

It wouldn’t be the first time the Enquirer’s been sued for the same sort of thing, by the way.

Nichevo on September 16, 2008 at 12:21 PM

So, do you think McCain would be stupid enough in a press release to threaten to sue unless they stopped further investigations? Or was that the subject of phone calls?

jim m on September 16, 2008 at 12:51 PM

John McCain’s campaign threatened to sue a supermarket tabloid Thursday for printing the “vicious lie” that his vice presidential pick had cheated on her husband.

Jim, the difference between the two actions is that slander is an actionable, illegal offense. Apparently since Obama has no legal stance (ie. no slander), he’s resorting to a mob mentality to beat down any opposition. Big difference.

Big John on September 16, 2008 at 1:00 PM

Obama is right to sue David Freddoso if he wants to. Obama is not right to organize a goon hit squad to attempt to shut down free speech

William Amos on September 16, 2008 at 1:06 PM

Folks, lets be clear here: Obama is allowed to do this type of thing because he and his supporters care more, and feel that Fred is a bad guy, so therefore they should be given a pass. If Obama doesnt like someone, he is entitled by virtue of his Lightworker status to send that person down the rathole.

sincerely,

Chris, Olby, Wolf, Katie, Brian, Kos, Duncan, Arianna, Chevy, Lindsay, Pinkie, Matt Daaaaaaaaaaamon

Mike D. on September 16, 2008 at 1:38 PM

Actually, you can get away with defaming public figures if you didn’t have knowledge that the information was false or if you didn’t publish it with reckless disregard of whether it was false or not.

jim m on September 16, 2008 at 1:49 PM

As a current Notre Dame student and being as David Freddoso’s mother is my godmother, I can’t help but do this after reading the National Review Piece….LETS GO IRISH!!!

collegerepub on September 16, 2008 at 2:40 PM

jim m on September 16, 2008 at 12:51 PM

In other words, you just made that part up yourself.

BECAUSE OF THE IMAGINATION!

SarahW on September 16, 2008 at 3:50 PM

Yeah, it didn’t say what I remembered.

jim m on September 16, 2008 at 4:35 PM

jim m on September 16, 2008 at 4:35 PM

Now you know!
I love it when that happens.

bridgetown on September 16, 2008 at 4:42 PM

Milt Rosenberg should conveniently leave the phone off the hook from 9:00 to 11:00 PM, with calls forwarded to the FCC.
Then David Freddoso can speak his piece in peace.

Steve Z on September 16, 2008 at 4:53 PM

How soon till these clowns start the book-burnings? Hey, what an idea for a book. What temperature does paper burn. I better ask Rosie if paper burns first.

oakpack on September 16, 2008 at 4:59 PM

Didn’t McCain and his campaign threaten to sue the National Enquirer a week and a half ago if they contined to investigate Palin?

jim m on September 16, 2008 at 11:20 AM

Yes, and it was two weeks ago. It was in relation to the Enquirer’s [since debunked] claim that Palin had cheated on her husband and slept with a business partner. All the news that’s fit to print happened on Sept 3. Of course, along with “THE AFFAIR — Her Secret Confession”, the other two Palin elements were “Son’s drug addiction — needles, pills, cocaine” [Track Palin] and “Pregnant daughter banished from house” [Bristol Palin]. She competed with “KIRSTEN DUNST BOOZE BINGE — Star’s Wasted Nights”, “ANGELINA’S SCREAMING BINGE WITH BRAD’S MOM — Brad Walks Out!”, and “My Two Year Affair with Erik Estrada — Beauty Queen Tells All”.

No follow-up, unlike the Edwards story. The sign a story has “legs” is when new stuff keeps showing up to buttress the original scoop.

Probably the McCain campaign should have just debunked the report and left it at that — it’s Palin’s decision as to whether the Enquirer report warranted anything other than a snort of derision. She seems to think it didn’t. Amazingly (or maybe not), the McCain campaign didn’t issue any calls to action against the Enquirer. Personally, I think it’s stupid to threaten to sue — my rule is that they find out when the summons arrives.

unclesmrgol on September 16, 2008 at 6:24 PM

mushroom: “Obama snaps his fingers and his army does his bidding. He’s “organized” millions of followers. My question is this. What does he plan to do with this army if he gets elected, or if he doesn’t?”

I am thinking something along the lines of Jim Jones. Kool Aid anyone.

Dasher on September 16, 2008 at 6:56 PM

This is the kind of stuff that community organizer Adolf and his boys used to pull off in Germany. Hitler was a socialist too.
And the liberal cretins call US Nazis.

abcurtis on September 16, 2008 at 7:09 PM

I am thinking something along the lines of Jim Jones. Kool Aid anyone.

Dasher on September 16, 2008 at 6:56 PM

Or Don Corleone.

abcurtis on September 16, 2008 at 7:11 PM

We’re seeing Obama’s Brown Shirts in action.

Any questions?
{^_^}

herself on September 16, 2008 at 10:08 PM

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

Sure. That’s how it starts. And then in the more protracted cases of radical freedom-loving, they have to shoot him in the head. And they did.

Jaibones on September 16, 2008 at 10:42 PM

So, do you think McCain would be stupid enough in a press release to threaten to sue unless they stopped further investigations? Or was that the subject of phone calls?

jim m on September 16, 2008 at 12:51 PM

If McCain threatened, they’d laugh it off. There’s no way to win a suit based on “further investigations.” The only complaint he can have is that what they’ve already “investigated” and reported on was false, and he complained about that. So unless your heart of hearts tells you that McCain really truly threatened a newspaper, you should stop talking now.

Math_Mage on September 17, 2008 at 2:25 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

I have an even better quote from Stabschef Roehm:
All revolutions devour their children.”

BillH on September 17, 2008 at 12:17 PM

Once Nobama gets elected and hires Winston Smith to run his “Ministry of Truth” we won’t have to hear all of these attacks any more.

darwin-t on September 17, 2008 at 4:14 PM

Can you imagine the reaction if anyone ever wanted to talk to Barry’s white mama or white grandma? Funny, you never see or hear anything about them except when he threw grandma under the “Hope and Change” bus.

darwin-t on September 17, 2008 at 4:33 PM

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

I’m worried we’re heading down the same path as South Africa and Zimbabwe: whites tossed out of power by threats and violence over many ‘injustices’, with the country going to hell within the next couple decades.

And if you think that’s a racist view, just look at their track records and compare how well everyone lived before and after the Glorious Revolution.

Dark-Star on September 17, 2008 at 11:25 PM

How soon till these clowns start the book-burnings? Hey, what an idea for a book. What temperature does paper burn. I better ask Rosie if paper burns first.

oakpack on September 16, 2008 at 4:59 PM

The ignition point of paper is 451 degrees, Fahrenheit. The ignition point of Obamaniacs is spontaneous, whenever they come across anything they feel is detrimental to their Messiah.

That 451 degrees also happens to be the same temperature that the US Constitution would combust. Hmm…

creekspecter on October 27, 2008 at 8:28 PM

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