Unhappy that Chicago’s WGN radio would ask writer Stanley Kurtz what he has found in documents linking Obama with one-time fugitive radical Bill Ayers, Obama’s henchmen organized a campaign to flood the station with angry calls.
Sure, it’s their right to protest Kurtz’ appearance on the highly respected and long-running “Extension 720 with Milt Rosenburg,” but it is clearly WGN’s right to have as a guest anyone they wish. It says so right in the Bill of Rights.
Here’s the Obama campaign’s explanation for this attempt to muzzle Rosenburg:
WGN radio is giving right-wing hatchet man Stanley Kurtz a forum to air his baseless, fear-mongering terrorist smears,” Obama’s campaign wrote in an e-mail to supporters. “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.
It occurs to me that it is up to the listeners (read: voters) to decide for themselves the merits of what Krutz has to say–something that the Obama campaign is doing everything possible to prevent. Just last week, the University of Illinois at Chicago tried to stop Kurtz from examining documents that had been donated to the taxpayer-supported institution that disclosed Obama’s role as head of a foundation in which Ayers was heavily involved. Only under intense pressure did the university finally open the files to Kurtz. Yet to be determined is who pressured this public institution to close the records; someone connected to Obama or his campaign? Obama himself?
The temptation for the Obama camp, of course, will be to smear Rosenburg as just another conservative wingnut talk show host, which would be a gross distortion. Rosenburg, a University of Chicago professor, is intelligent, fair-minded and respected for the level of discourse he has conducted for decades in the evenings on WGN.
Judging by the Obama camp’s unhinged reaction to Kurtz and anything connected with Ayers, one would think that Kurtz is on to something. I haven’t read Kurtz’ article in the National Review magazine yet, but I sure will now. And I hope you do too. Every hit on the magazine’s web site or every purchase of the magzaine at the newstand will be a rebuke to the Obama censors.
The whole mess makes me quake at the idea that a President Obama and his campaign brain trust–including such Chicago Democratic Machine hacks as David Axelrod–would have access to the Justice Department and any other tools available to squash criticism of the sainted Barack.
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