Mainstream media should hang their heads in shame for not reporting this story.
I didn’t believe the rumors that Missouri law enforcement would be policing anti-Obama ads to make sure the ads are truthful, but the rumor seems to be true. Missouri governor Matt Blunt has a statement up at his government website:
“St. Louis County Circuit Attorney Bob McCulloch, St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce, Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer, and Obama and the leader of his Missouri campaign Senator Claire McCaskill have attached the stench of police state tactics to the Obama-Biden campaign.
[T]he only conceivable purpose of Messrs. McCulloch, Obama and the others is to frighten people away from expressing themselves, to chill free and open debate, to suppress support and donations to conservative organizations targeted by this anti-civil rights, to strangle criticism of Mr. Obama, to suppress ads about his support of higher taxes, and to choke out criticism on television, radio, the Internet, blogs, e-mail and daily conversation about the election.
Why has this story been ignored? Do you realize the implications of law enforcement officers acting as a "truth screener" for a presidential candidate? In my opinion, this is nothing more than an attempt to stifle those who are not fans of Barack Obama. The threat of a lawsuit is enough in some cases to silence the voices of others. Where are the outcries from media and journalists' organizations? Notice the silence?
TV KMOV has a video explaining the strategy.
This is probably the worst example of intrusion on freedom of speech I’ve ever witnessed. Stations have the sense to turn down ads that aren’t truthful. Obama supporters, though not technically tied to his campaign, have trashed Gov. Sarah Palin, hacked her personal email account and created a scare video about Sen. John McCain’s health. That video played on fear and innuendo. Frankly during the Friday debate, McCain looked a lot more chipper than Obama. The junior senator from Illinois looked tired to me.
Hopefully, someone will file a lawsuit. Liberals talk a very good game when it comes to freedom of speech, but they rarely walk the walk. What do you think would happen if McCain did this? You and I both know. This is an example of the socialist tendencies I personally perceive in the Democratic Party leadership.
Meanwhile, if I were Sarah Palin, I’d be talking to lawyers and filing some paper. Never in the history of politics has a candidate been attacked so viciously.
I guess there’s not enough crime in Missouri. Maybe that’s why they can devote their taxpayers’ law enforcement resources to police anti-Obama ads. Blunt’s statement also said, “What Senator Obama and his helpers are doing is scandalous beyond words…” Thank God I don’t live in Missouri.