The Obama Muzzle
The LA Times' refusal to release a video tape they have which apparently includes Barack Obama heaping admiration and friendship upon Rashid Khalidi is just the latest in a frightening trend of the dominant liberal media becoming the propaganda wing of the Obama campaign, and the not-playing-along-with-Obama media being targets for censorship and attack. (The original LA Times story about the event is HERE.)
Khalidi, a vehement anti-Semite who worked with the terrorist Palestine Liberation Organization under Yasser Arafat, remains a leading hater of Israel while in his teaching position at my repugnant alma mater, Columbia University.
Then there's Joe Biden who was asked some hard questions by a TV interviewer in Florida on Friday, 10/24:
Liberals are going crazy about the hard questions. Remember, you're not allowed to ask hard questions of the Democrats...only the Republicans.
And the Obama campaign's response? To cancel all interviews with that TV station.
But what do you expect from a campaign whose MO is to try to shut down any and all voices which don't support their messiah?
That's a symptom of their disease, a desperate cult-like fear of criticism. And their proposed cure is likely to be the "Fairness Doctrine", simply an attempt to force conservative talk radio shows off the air.
A House vote on the Fairness Doctrine failed widely last year, but only because Democrats knew that they would not have enough votes to override a Bush veto. Their language, however, was clear: They want it back and expect to bring it back if a Democrat becomes president.
The arguments for the Fairness Doctrine are weaker than ever, with so many more media outlets than a generation ago. We now have the internet, cable TV, satellite radio, etc., the combination of which has massively multiplied information sources. If people want to listen to Rush Limbaugh, they can do so. If not, there are hundreds of other stations they can change to. There is a liberal radio network, Air America. It's not the fault of lack of airttime that it is a perennial failure. Apparently if people want news spun by leftists, they go to MSNBC or CNN or NBC News instead. The point is that they can do so, so there is no need for regulation muzzling talk radio simply because the conservatives are relatively dominant there. It simply comes down to the Democrats wanting to suppress anyone who disagrees with them.
Monica Crowley hit the nail on the head in a recent article for Human Events called "Watch What You Say":
Whenever confronted by difficult questions posed by people who haven't succumbed to the creepy Obama Hypnosis, the Obama Team’s reaction is to silence them. They did it to a Chicago radio station that dared to interview someone critical of Obama's past. They did it to Joe the Plumber, seeking to destroy him for daring to ask Obama a question about taxes. They are threatening to do it nationwide with the Fairness Doctrine.
You aren't allowed to raise Obama's middle name, Hussein. You aren't allowed to say that half of his family is Muslim. You aren't allowed to say that he was born to a Muslim father, which, under Islam, automatically made him a Muslim. You aren't allowed to discuss Reverend Wright. Or Bill Ayers. Or Bernardine Dohrn. Or Louis Farrakhan. Or Father Phleger. Or Tony Rezko. You aren't allowed to point out that so far, the Iranians, the Russians, the Syrians, Hamas, parts of al Qaeda, Hugo Chavez, the Castro brothers, and Kim Jong Il have endorsed him. You aren't allowed to ask him about the vote fraud or illegal campaign contributions being done in his name. You aren't allowed to say he's lying about his tax plan. Or about his past associations. Or his past, period.
If you raise any of these issues, you risk being punished, smeared, and silenced.
If this is the chill that has set in already, just imagine what it will be like once they take the White House.
Watch what you say. Or else.
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