The Silence of the Lemmings

posted at 3:05 pm on September 16, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama’s campaign seems determined to cultivate a hostile relationship with potential critics, real and imagined.  After complaining loudly that talk radio doesn’t provide a balanced look at politics, KCOL’s Brad Jones attempted to get an Obama spokesperson on air to match the RNC surrogate he interviewed yesterday.  For his trouble, the Obama campaign hung up on him — twice:

Host Brad Jones speaks with Bill Riggs, spokesman for the RNC, about Governor Palin’s visit to Colorado and he states her talks today will discuss “her record of reform and shaking things up in Alaska” and “she’s going to be citing actual results.”  However, after trying to reach the Obama Colorado Press line all morning long and not having any of his calls returned, at the end of the final hour of the morning show, Brad calls them on air.

First they put Brad on hold.  And then they Hung up on him.  Jennifer from the Obama Camp quickly called KCOL back and was unwilling to discuss Obama’s message to Colorado on the air.  She stated  “unfortunately we weren’t able to locate any of our surrogates today with Senator Obama being here in Grand Junction and in Pueblo” and she apologized that she wasn’t able to provide someone to speak on the air this morning.  When Brad asked her if the Obama Camp planned to let KCOL know that they didn’t have an available spokesman today, you guessed it, she hung up on him.  Again.

Democrats have pushed for a restoration of the Fairness Doctrine, purportedly to provide more political balance in talk radio.  When given an opportunity for balance, though, it appears that they’re less interested in engaging talk radio and more interested in shunning it.  All Jones wanted was someone from the campaign to spout talking points, which isn’t exactly brain surgery for any campaign.

Team Obama has now used its thugs to shut down radio shows and refused to engage when given an opportunity.  From these data points, what could we expect from an Obama administration?  Responsible accountability … or an attack on free speech and journalism?


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Perhaps the Germany speech was a sign of things to come?

Illinidiva on September 16, 2008 at 3:08 PM

The way McCain’s people are hamstringing him, if I were Obama I wouldn’t say a word until they get it fixed.

csdeven on September 16, 2008 at 3:09 PM

Ed, I read the situation that it’s all about doing things on their terms, not someone else’s. And they give Palin a hard time on the imaginary ‘Cone of Silence’…

Stones meet glass house!

SkinnerVic on September 16, 2008 at 3:10 PM

You have to wonder, are these goofs B.O. has working for him doing all this loopy stuff on their own, or are they actually getting their marching orders straight from him? And if they are doing all of this one their own, is he not aware of what his own campaign staff is saying or doing?

On the other hand, maybe they are getting their orders from Mama Michelle instead.

pilamaye on September 16, 2008 at 3:11 PM

Well, they don’t want balance. They just want to shut down conservative programs.

And the hang-ups? That’s what you get with a bunch of adolescents running BO’s fan club campaign.

forest on September 16, 2008 at 3:11 PM

Obama is a wimp.

Come on Barack, MAN UP!!!

Elizabetty on September 16, 2008 at 3:11 PM

What a farce of a campaign, they seem not to be able to “roll with the punches”, they are terrible at spontaneously answering anything. If it is not planned out, they can’t respond.
I don’t want them running any emergency. Planning a birthday party, great, planning for a disaster…they become the disaster.

right2bright on September 16, 2008 at 3:11 PM

These people are Stalinists. They don’t want fairness. They want statism, totalitarian control, and wealth redistribution.

D0WNT0WN on September 16, 2008 at 3:12 PM

LOL.

Maybe their teleprompters malfunctioned so they did not know how to respond to the questions.

Virginia Shanahan on September 16, 2008 at 3:13 PM

Responsible accountability … or an attack on free speech and journalism?

Hmm, an attack on free speech and journalism?

gmbdds on September 16, 2008 at 3:13 PM

Colorado is thankfully beginning to swing away from Team Barry.

CliffHanger on September 16, 2008 at 3:14 PM

Q’s for Obama:

1. Every other campaign stop, you say you’ll debate McCain anywhere, anytime, anyplace, or “that’s a debate I’d love to have with John McCain” yet…you decline every single offer to debate…why are you lying on the stump?

2. Where’s Michelle?

JustTruth101 on September 16, 2008 at 3:17 PM

This will end up being whitey’s fault and Obama will kiss and make up with his revrund.

Fletch54 on September 16, 2008 at 3:19 PM

I hate to go off topic but doesn’t Palin need to come out and discuss the bridge to nowhere and earmarks in general? Its still a winner for team Mac, but i am concerned about the appearance that is being portrayed..

Can anyone explain the time and events of all this…

joepub on September 16, 2008 at 3:20 PM

You know, maybe she didn’t hang up. Maybe it was just a case of, “Can you hear me now?”

bloggless on September 16, 2008 at 3:21 PM

It’s unbelievable what Obama’s campaign is getting away with while McCain and Palin get attacked for imaginary mistakes.

evenfarer on September 16, 2008 at 3:22 PM

All inquiries MUST go through the Ministry of Propaganda. Preference will be given to members of the People’s Party.

That is all.

OBAMA UBER ALLES!

Jim M. on September 16, 2008 at 3:23 PM

Chicago is as Chicago does.

“Don’t make waves, and don’t back no losers.”

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on September 16, 2008 at 3:23 PM

From these data points, what could we expect from an Obama administration? Responsible accountability … or an attack on free speech and journalism?

They’ll be 100% for free speech. It’s just that they’ll be against unnecessary hate speech, which is basically anytime someone disagrees with them.

rbj on September 16, 2008 at 3:24 PM

I hope Obama wins, if only so all the Bush-haters will have to defend Obama doing the exact same thing, or worse, than Bush. Could become an easy game show for TV broadcast. Should be enough examples to fill at least one show a week.

I’m sure Jon Stewart will be all over that. Giggle.

Seixon on September 16, 2008 at 3:26 PM

Main Entry:
flail
Function:
verb
Date:
15th century

transitive verb
1: to compare the Obama campaign to Stalin, Lenin, communism, National Socialism, et. al

an_abstraction on September 16, 2008 at 3:29 PM

I imagine the reason no one wants to talk is bho changes his mind every hour and they have no idea what to say for that hour.
L

letget on September 16, 2008 at 3:30 PM

Would he stare down Putin and akmydinnerjacket this way too?

Lord help the USA if he gets in.

jukin on September 16, 2008 at 3:30 PM

Obama is a first generation American from a Muslim family from Africa. Critics usually get a flaming auto tire around their neck or the machete treatment back in the old country, or at least sold into slavery.

I think the whole New Testament ideal of forgiving critics is a generation or two away in the Obama family. That is, if they stop attending their present cult church, and the future generations write off Michelle as a loon.

Hening on September 16, 2008 at 3:31 PM

“If we are provided with a stadium, a Greek temple, and a teleprompter, a spokesperson will be happy to take your call.”

Steve Z on September 16, 2008 at 3:34 PM

JustTruth101 on September 16, 2008 at 3:17 PM

Please…he still has to answer for his association with Ayers, Dohrn, Rezko, Wright, etc., etc., as well as his missing medical and college and law-office records, his….

Well, you get the idea.

“Man up?” Hell, Osama Obama can’t even “six year-old boy up!”

MrScribbler on September 16, 2008 at 3:34 PM

Fairness Doctrine for you, but not for me.

JimK on September 16, 2008 at 3:35 PM

an_abstraction on September 16, 2008 at 3:29 PM

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ManlyRash on September 16, 2008 at 3:37 PM

The hope and change you have reached has been disconnected. If you feel you have beleived his message in error, please hang up and vote McCain.

bloggless on September 16, 2008 at 3:38 PM

Some wealthy Conservative (cough – Rush) should offer Obama $10,000,000. to submit to a lie detector test. If he passes, his favorite charity gets the money. Ask him about Ayers, Alynski, etc etc etc.

marklmail on September 16, 2008 at 3:41 PM

If the call comes into to the White House at 3 a.m., Barry will just hang up.

Cicero43 on September 16, 2008 at 3:43 PM

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Damiano on September 16, 2008 at 3:44 PM

They’ll be 100% for free speech. It’s just that they’ll be against unnecessary hate speech, which is basically anytime someone disagrees with them.

rbj on September 16, 2008 at 3:24 PM

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Bingo!!

justincase on September 16, 2008 at 3:45 PM

As long as the harse light of truth is shone on the messiah the more people are going to not like what they see.

grapeknutz on September 16, 2008 at 3:45 PM

How DARE you call us for an opinion! We speak to the press on OUR terms, not yours!

Sincerely,
Obama-Biden 08 Campaign

bryan2369 on September 16, 2008 at 3:45 PM

an_abstraction on September 16, 2008 at 3:29 PM

* Speeches in stadiums filled with mesmerized, adoring audiences – Check
* An uninspiring background before meteoric rise – Check
* Creates his own new symbols of power – Check
* Associates with racists, hatemongers and violent radicals – Check
* A propaganda machine willing to show him only in the best possible light – Check
* Uses, “glorious leader” style Agitprop posters common in totalitarian nations – Check (see German campaign poster for example)
* Wants Secret Police force – Check
* Somebody powerful people think they can control – Check
* Often dismissed as a light-weight by his opponents – Check
* Seeks to replace God with the State – Check
* People adopting his name as their own – Check
* Inspires adoration art – Check
* Appropriates symbols of past German glory – Check
* Never plans on giving up power – Check (Obama to be president for the next “eight to 10 years”)
* A narcissistic megalomaniac – Check
* Brazenly Takes credit for other people’s accomplishments – Check
* Wants to build “youth” movement through Universal National State service – Check
* Acts as if in power before he is – Check
* Some followers believe him to be divine – Check
* Worshiped and aided greatly by the media – Check
* Has his own salute – Check
* Has thuggish supporters intimdating political opponents – Check

TheBigOldDog on September 16, 2008 at 3:46 PM

After reading what Obama’s minions did to David Freddoso yesterday, virtually blocking a radio station from being able to broadcast freely, I went to my bookstore and purchased “The Case Against Barack Obama.” Of course, I had to search, as all the copies were turned backwards, with the covers hidden. I wish I could say I was surprised.

marybel on September 16, 2008 at 3:46 PM

If the call comes into to the White House at 3 a.m., Barry will just hang up.

Cicero43 on September 16, 2008 at 3:43 PM

But only if the teleprompter isn’t working….

I wonder if BO’s teleprompter is acutally a streaming feed from the office Soros.

BobMbx on September 16, 2008 at 3:46 PM

The Fairness Doctrine will give us both sides – the left side and the far left side, socialism or Marxism.

What else do you need to know, comrade?

NoDonkey on September 16, 2008 at 3:49 PM

let’s face it everyone…. Talk radio isn’t helping michelle’s kids.
/sarc

gopftw on September 16, 2008 at 3:51 PM

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ManlyRash on September 16, 2008 at 3:53 PM

ManlyRash on September 16, 2008 at 3:53 PM

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ManlyRash on September 16, 2008 at 4:00 PM

I hate to go off topic but
joepub on September 16, 2008 at 3:20 PM

If you hate it, don’t do it…it’s that simple.
But if you have a point, make it.

right2bright on September 16, 2008 at 4:02 PM

Troll Early Warning Detection Team
ManlyRash on September 16, 2008 at 3:37 PM

Badge number, please?

Akzed on September 16, 2008 at 4:10 PM

You don’t just call up Obama on the phone. You have to make a sacrifice and wait for omens.

Cicero43 on September 16, 2008 at 4:10 PM

joepub on September 16, 2008 at 3:20 PM

ManlyRash, this is your astroturfing troll

genso on September 16, 2008 at 4:10 PM

Obama isn’t photogenic like he was 8 months ago when he was joyfully delivering teleprompter victory speeches once or twice a week.

Now, he is always mad.

The only “change” I see are his reversals of almost every position he championed while defeating HRC and his constant bitterness.

molonlabe28 on September 16, 2008 at 4:12 PM

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FiveWays on September 16, 2008 at 4:12 PM

Come on Barack, MAN UP!!!

Elizabetty on September 16, 2008 at 3:11 PM

That’s sexist. Not that I care about so called “sexist” remarks, I don’t. I think we should just get back to free speech and let people say what they want. And if your feelings get hurt…. too bad, get thicker skin, and welcome to the real world.

But that is in fact a sexist remark and my point is to show how inane this whole uproar about so called sexist speech is. Let’s dump it and start ridiculing people who whine about so called “sexist speech” because those people are anti-free-speech and that is utterly repugnant to a free society.

Maxx on September 16, 2008 at 4:16 PM

They didn’t have a spare telepromter, Obama is using all of them.

Bishop on September 16, 2008 at 4:16 PM

genso on September 16, 2008 at 4:10 PM

Thanks for the tip…will keep an eye out. The team will monitor accordingly.

ManlyRash on September 16, 2008 at 4:19 PM

If the call comes into to the White House at 3 a.m., Barry will just hang up.
Cicero43 on September 16, 2008 at 3:43 PM
You don’t just call up Obama on the phone. You have to make a sacrifice and wait for omens.
Cicero43 on September 16, 2008 at 4:10 PM

Palin/Cicero 2012

Bishop on September 16, 2008 at 4:19 PM

Badge number, please? – Akzed on September 16, 2008 at 4:10 PM

Badge number? I don’t got no badge number. I don’t need to show you no stinking badge number.

ManlyRash on September 16, 2008 at 4:20 PM

marybel, I hope you turned all the covers around and placed them in more prominent positions in the store, not only in support of Freedoso and McCain, but also to T off the libnuts staffing that bookstore. I also hope you told the cashier, you heard this was the best book ever written about Obama, even including the two books written by Obama himself (of course you’d have to pay in cash, wouldn’t want the cashier to make a note of your name and credit card numbers as the obamafascists are won’t to do of their opponents).

eaglewingz08 on September 16, 2008 at 4:23 PM

Can anyone explain the time and events of all this…
joepub on September 16, 2008 at 3:20 PM

Sure, this is discussed in detail at “GoEffYourAstroTurfingSelf.com”

Bishop on September 16, 2008 at 4:23 PM

Rookie.

Bishop on September 16, 2008 at 4:23 PM

Sure, this is discussed in detail at “GoEffYourAstroTurfingSelf.com” – Bishop on September 16, 2008 at 4:23 PM

ROTFLMAO

ManlyRash on September 16, 2008 at 4:35 PM

Hanging up on radio stations is becoming quite a pattern. The Obama communications people in Chicago hung up on WGN when they tried to invite a rep to counter the Stanley Kurtz interview. Instead, the campaign sent an email blast encouraging the mindless minions to take up torches and pitchforks against the station. What are they trying to hide?

TedInATL on September 16, 2008 at 4:36 PM

Please…he still has to answer for his association with Ayers, Dohrn, Rezko, Wright, etc., etc., as well as his missing medical and college and law-office records, his….

MrScribbler on September 16, 2008 at 3:34 PM

Answer hell – he hasn’t even been asked these questions.

CrazyFool on September 16, 2008 at 4:41 PM

Answer hell – he hasn’t even been asked these questions.

You must have missed the interview he did with Bill O’Reilly.

(Great interview by the way.)

an_abstraction on September 16, 2008 at 5:01 PM

You have to wonder, are these goofs B.O. has working for him doing all this loopy stuff on their own, or are they actually getting their marching orders straight from him? And if they are doing all of this one their own, is he not aware of what his own campaign staff is saying or doing?

On the other hand, maybe they are getting their orders from Mama Michelle instead.

pilamaye on September 16, 2008 at 3:11 pm

Remember, Obama is running the campaign himself (one of his qualifications for POTUS), so he must know. Does that make you feel better? Me neither, though it might be hard to feel worse about him.

bookman on September 16, 2008 at 5:20 PM

Perhaps the Germany speech was a sign of things to come?

Illinidiva on September 16, 2008 at 3:08 PM

When has anything bad ever come from an unexperienced, but eerily charismatic, politician giving a vague feel good speech on the new order he will usher in while standing in front of a German victory column?

18-1 on September 16, 2008 at 5:40 PM

I just saw my first ‘Obama-Biden’ ad: vapid and dishonest, of course, but OBH finally admitted who his VP choice is

Biden didn’t get to talk, of course, and in the brief photo of the two perps at the end, Biden actually looked more-or-less sober

Janos Hunyadi on September 16, 2008 at 5:50 PM

It looks to me like the Obambis are even younger, greener, more arrogant and more politically tone-deaf than even the Klinton Kids were back in 1992, and I didnt thnk ANY campaign in American history was ever that young from top to bottom.

Are there no adults on the Obama show who understand that maybe its not so much a good idea to express your inner shrieking infant by hanging up on a live radio interview coz you dont have the professional maturity to deal with a difficult situation???????

Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

Mike D. on September 16, 2008 at 6:07 PM

Why is this race tied? McCain should be 20 points ahead if people would just pay attention!

petunia on September 16, 2008 at 6:44 PM

Why is this race tied? McCain should be 20 points ahead if people would just pay attention!

petunia on September 16, 2008 at 6:44 PM

Sheep only pay attention to the shepherd & his barking dogs in the MSM? Or, people are not expressing their true opinions because they’re afraid they will be labeled as racists?

Loxodonta on September 16, 2008 at 7:16 PM

Exit question: As Conservative Media grows, should Republicans completely blackball interviews on Left Leaning news outlets…as Obama seems to be doing?

EscapeVelocity on September 16, 2008 at 7:19 PM

The race is tied ’cause most people aren’t political junkies like we are. BHO will die (politically) from 1,000 little cuts.

Mojave Mark on September 16, 2008 at 8:38 PM

But that is in fact a sexist remark and my point is to show how inane this whole uproar about so called sexist speech is. Let’s dump it and start ridiculing people who whine about so called “sexist speech” because those people are anti-free-speech and that is utterly repugnant to a free society.

Maxx on September 16, 2008 at 4:16 PM

Stupid, isn’t it?

Words only hurt it if you want them to. Frankly, I do not care if the words I say hurt somebody’s feelings because it is their choice to be hurt.

Elizabetty on September 17, 2008 at 9:00 AM

Colorado is thankfully beginning to swing away from Team Barry.

CliffHanger on September 16, 2008 at 3:14 PM

Thank the Good Lord, common sense and thinking people. The “pro Obama” support seems to be mainly the deleterious damages eeking out of places such as Boulder, parts of Denver and Aspen. In other words, Democrat-radical enclaves.

S on September 17, 2008 at 6:34 PM

You must have missed the interview he did with Bill O’Reilly.

(Great interview by the way.)

an_abstraction on September 16, 2008 at 5:01 PM

In which Obama said, “let me say this,” several dozens of times without actually ever SAYING whatever the issue of question was. Obama uses these terms/phrases to avoid saying much of anything. Listen more closely.

I agree that O’Reilly did a — well, reasonably — good job in this ‘interview’ but unfortunately, O’Reilly got lost along the way intellectually and didn’t succeed in cutting through the Obama-B.S. Though I give O’Reilly credit, he did appear to try to do so.

Closing the ‘interview’ with backandforth about basketball was just grovelling by both of them, though.

S on September 17, 2008 at 6:37 PM