NOBama? Shhhhh..

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After the Obama camp banned the ABC affiliate in Florida from interviews for their audacity to throw tough questions at Sen. Biden, there was a sector of Americans who sat up and said “Wait, that’s not right”.

When the LA Times, who have adamantly endorsed Sen. Obama for President, threw a few crumbs to the American public concerning Obama’s views on Palestine vs. Israel a few months ago, America wanted the rest of the story. But they are now sitting on a video tape that references this article, refusing to allow us to even have access to a transcript of the event. And again, a sector of Americans have sat up and said “That’s not right”.

Sen. Obama boycotted Fox News Channel for nine months, because they had the audacity to treat him like any other candidate. Today, he maligns Fox News more than he discusses his economic policy.

Joe the Plumber, my goodness, need we even go there? The day after the debate in which Joe was mentioned multiple times, Obama himself hit the stump mocking Joe the Plumber. Not even citizens are safe from Obama’s wrath if you disagree with him.

This morning, we learn that three major newspapers in America have now been cut from the Obama circle and denied any further right to ride the Obama “change plane” – the Washington Times, the New York Post and the Dallas Morning News. What do they have in common? They endorsed John McCain for President. The Drudge Report broke the news first:

The Obama campaign has decided to heave out three newspapers from its plane for the final days of its blitz across battleground states — and all three endorsed Sen. John McCain for president!

The NY POST, WASHINGTON TIMES and DALLAS MORNING NEWS have all been told to move out by Sunday to make room for network bigwigs — and possibly for the inclusion of reporters from two black magazines, ESSENCE and JET, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

Despite pleas from top editors of the three newspapers that have covered the campaign for months at extraordinary cost, the Obama campaign says their reporters — and possibly others — will have to vacate their coveted seats so more power players can document the final days of Sen. Barack Obama’s historic campaign to become the first black American president.

Some told the DRUDGE REPORT that the reporters are being ousted to bring on documentary film-makers to record the final days; others expect to see on board more sympathetic members of the media, including the NY TIMES’ Maureen Dowd, who once complained that she was barred from McCain’s Straight Talk Express airplane.

After a week of quiet but desperate behind-the-scenes negotiations, the reporters of the three papers heard last night that they were definitely off for the final swing. They are already planning how to cover the final days by flying commercial or driving from event to event.

The response from the Washington Times, who endorsed John McCain just two days ago:

“This feels like the journalistic equivalent of redistributing the wealth, we spent hundreds of thousands of dollars covering Senator Obama’s campaign, traveling on his plane, and taking our turn in the reporter’s pool, only to have our seat given away to someone else in the last days of the campaign,” said Washington Times Executive Editor John Solomon.

“I hope the candidate that promises to unite America isn’t using a litmus test to determine who gets to cover his campaign.”

Interesting comment, don’t you think? Is the Obama camp surrounding itself in the final days with only those who will present the kindest coverage to the Senator? It would appear so.

Much was made last week over an effigy of Sarah Palin hanging by a noose at the residence of a California resident. Under pressure from the public, local law enforcement, the FBI, and even the Secret Service made a cursory investigation and proclaimed the act “A OK” – no laws broken, just freedom of expression, especially since its Halloween. Only under pressure and action from neighbors did the effigy finally come down. But guess what? This morning two college students were arrested in Kansas for the same thing – hanging an effigy with a noose around its neck. The difference? The effigy was not Sarah Palin – it was Barack Obama. The University of Kansas screamed “racism” and arrested the boys that hung it, and they say expulsion will probably come next. Where is their freedom of expression? What’s wrong with their Halloween spirit? Anybody see any fairness here? I don’t believe either should have been allowed, but if one was “freedom of expression and art”, so were they both, and the outcry over the Palin effigy – in a nut shell – was “What do you think would happen if that was an Obama image hanging there”? Well, we found out, didn’t we?

From all indications, it would appear that if you are not “united” behind Obama, your seat on the plane of change has just been canceled. Many are beginning to question the possibility of whether or not these incidents are a sign of what is to come in an Obama Presidency. If such a Presidency should be eminent, will freedom of speech be reserved only for those that favor Obama? And what will the consequences be for those of us who will undoubtedly disagree and resent a President Obama? Are we looking forward to a Cuban style of “free expression”? Good old Tito the Builder thinks so, and he seems to know a thing or two about Hugo Chavez.

Cigar, anyone? They’re Cuban.

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  • DJS

    It will be interesting to see just how Obama plans to reunite this country after he has brushed aside anyone who doesn’t agree with him or does something he doesn’t like. I think it is funny that he is upset with FOX news. I heard him say once that if FOX news didn’t report what they are reporting he would be up by 3-4%. I wonder how much higher McCain would be if all the other networks were backing him. Obama reminds me of a little kid when they don’t get their own way.

  • Bill Hedges

    Is Obama attempt to keep news media in his pocket. Talk bad about me and you OUT. Click your heals media

  • Babs

    The Obama camp has now confirmed that the three newspapers have been replaced on the Change Plane by Ebony and Jet Magazines, and the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times. Picking from his base, no doubt.

  • Babs

    Dreadsen, that was an old interview with West/McCain. Take a look at the one post Biden, if you want to see how West is not biased in her questions.

  • Babs

    And another point here, Dreadsen. What you just tryed to do with presenting the Barbara West video was to affectively twist the subject away from Obama and place the blame onto a reporter. This allows you to ignore a pattern here, doesn’t it? It’s a good technique, one taught by Saul Alinksy, in fact in “Rules for Radicals”.

    But it doesn’t change the fact that there IS a pattern with Obama.

  • DJS

    I can see it all now. We are headed for a dictatorship. If you speak up you could be banned from the country. How childish is this.
    He has had the MSM in his pocket from day one. They say one thing he doesn’t like and poof they’re gone. I think that they should come out in favor of McCain just to piss Obama off. Wouldn’t that be funny.

    I guess this could be the beginning of the end of freedom of the press and freedom of speech. So much for our constitution, the declaration of independence and the bill of rights. I think we need another Boston tea party.

  • Babs

    Wow, now we’re SELFISH if we don’t pay higher taxes!!! First Biden says it’s patriotic, and now Obama says we’re selfish!!

    “The reason that we want to do this, change our tax code, is not because I have anything against the rich,” Obama said in Sarasota, Florida, yesterday. “I love rich people! I want all of you to be rich. Go for it. That’s the America dream, that’s the American way, that’s terrific.

    “The point is, though, that — and it’s not just charity, it’s not just that I want to help the middle class and working people who are trying to get in the middle class — it’s that when we actually make sure that everybody’s got a shot – when young people can all go to college, when everybody’s got decent health care, when everybody’s got a little more money at the end of the month – then guess what? Everybody starts spending that money, they decide maybe I can afford a new car, maybe I can afford a computer for my child. They can buy the products and services that businesses are selling and everybody is better off. All boats rise. That’s what happened in the 1990s, that’s what we need to restore. And that’s what I’m gonna do as president of the United States of America.

    “John McCain and Sarah Palin they call this socialistic,” Obama continued. “You know I don’t know when, when they decided they wanted to make a virtue out of selfishness.”

  • Bill Hedges

    Next time you go eat out. And person serving you has Obama Button. Look for the poorest person in room. Give that person the tip. Tell your server what you did. And say, I am spreading the wealth.

  • Dreadsen

    McCain camp pulls interview. Upset over CNN Segment.

    Wolf Blitzer reporting that John McCain cancelled his appearance on Larry King because of the Campbell Brown interview with Tucker Bounds the day before.

    So lets not forget John McCain did this as well. And this is CNN not some local network either.

    Now look at Barbara West when she interviewed John McCain. Compare that to the interview with Joe Biden.

  • bdjnk

    Great article as always Babs. Lets just hope it all adds up to the right choice being made come election day. And may I be the first to say, NObama.

  • Babs
    Purely speculation.But I will say you are correct in your assessment. I thought that was the recent one. I looked at when it was posted. I guess someone reposted the old one again. Even though there may be a pattern with Obama it still doesn’t take away from the cause and effect. The cause was the reporter and the difference in how one candidate was treated over the other. The effect of this observation was a boycott. Something which never happened with Tim Russert because everyone got the same drilling.
    But when Obama’s camp decided to boycott that station the recent McCain interview did not exist. They only comparison they could make is theirs and the older one. And in comparing those two there is a difference.

    But my point in posting the Campbell video is to point out that both of these guys do this. Maybe Obama is worse. But McCain got upset and jumped ship on CNN the next day out of anger from the tough questioning. And they did an all out boycott with Palin until just the past week.

    Now onto Saul Alinsky. It is a good technique. One which is used by the Right in saying the Media is the reason why Obama is where he is now. They shift the blame away from McCain’s campaign, their negativity or Obama’s news worthiness and many other factors and place it on a media conspiracy.

  • April

    I think you are my hero- I plan to use your quote in the future.

    “Next time you go eat out. And person serving you has Obama Button. Look for the poorest person in room. Give that person the tip. Tell your server what you did. And say, I am spreading the wealth.” ~Bill Hedges

    McCain/Palin 2008

  • Stalin

    Hey you poll watchers.

    McCain is up in the latest one day Zogby poll for today.

    ZOGBY SATURDAY: Republican John McCain has pulled back within the margin of error… The three-day average holds steady, but McCain outpolled Obama 48% to 47% in Friday, one day, polling. He is beginning to cut into Obama’s lead among independents, is now leading among blue collar voters, has strengthened his lead among investors and among men, and is walloping Obama among NASCAR voters. Joe the Plumber may get his license after all…

    Buy hey, by all means Obama, keep interviewing for your Chief of Staff position. Haven’t you listen to the Kenny Rodgers song, “The Gambler”. “Never count your money till the dealin’s done.”

  • There are now over 3 million votes cast in Florida with Obama carrying a 5+ % lead on McCain. I have no idea what Zogby is doing, but I don’t think its boding well for him.

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  • Bill Hedges

    April—Thank- you. I got it in a e-mail. But I was able to copy it to this site ?? ! If I can share just one good joke, then that makes it all worth while.

  • Bill Hedges

    April–Obama is complaing about FOX NEWS. Says he could be ahead 2-3 % moore if not for FOX…WELL EXCUSS ME…Someone did a study. Fox was about even in negative talk for both candidates. All the others was more negative for McCain. A few was real bad. They needed to spend money to find this out ? Boy, if Obama gets elected….

  • DJS

    Looks like we are doing a little back stepping. I guess it won’t be long until Obama sets the max at $42,000. Bill Richardson said the max cutoff was $120,000. What is going on here? Are the walls tumbling down because he has realized that his policy isn’t going to work?

    “Barack Obama’s senior advisers have drawn up plans to lower expectations for his presidency if he wins next week’s election, amid concerns that many of his euphoric supporters are harbouring unrealistic hopes of what he can achieve.”

    Here is the full article.

  • Bill Hedges

    DJS–What do you think the universal health plan will cost–$ 3 Tillion ?? Why is he announcing this now ? Why not after election ? Did he know something was going to be annouced and he is beating them to the bunch?

  • DJS

    Bill…I am not sure why he decided to announce this but you could be right that he is afraid McCain will bring it up first. My concern with his universal health care is that I have heard that he expects to cover illegals too. Have you heard that yet?

  • Bill Hedges

    DJS- I heard it but don’t know if true. Flim Flam Man mentioned Congress health plan for Americans. That must not be true, they have the finest care in maybe the world. They may mean plan like postal workers have. Do you know how deep in debt we will be in if illegal get health plan, social security, disabilty, unemplyment, etc…Plus $ 864 Billion for United Nation, plus, plus, plus…. Obama will have to raise the rich taxes, starting with the unemployed, which there will be plenty of.

  • Babs

    Michael, you might want to check the break down on voters in Florida before you celebrate.

  • Deb

    Bill…you can check this site and see how much it costs us now for illegals. I heard him mention something earlier about being able to get the same health care congress has. I wouldn’t mind having that coverage.

  • Bill Hedges

    Deb–Thanks for info…I doubt we get what Congress has….Waaaay too much money But Obama mentioned it. Of course he has mentioned everything, to get every vote.

  • Bill Hedges

    Deb- Like $ 16 Billion..And growing. Thats a bargain. Flim Flam Man is giving United Nations $ 864 Billion for world poor. Have you got a 401 or retirement plan. I think he will need it

  • Deb

    Bill…I just took a loan out on my 401k and stuffed it in my mattress. At least I will be able to keep something. I had read were Pelosi is realizing she is missing getting $80B in taxes because of our 401ks. The government in Argentina just took over 401ks in their country and I read that their stock exchange dropped 26% in one day. I hope we don’t have to look forward to that. But I guess we are being selfish not wanting to give our savings to the poor people who are not working too hard to make ends meet.

  • Bill Hedges

    Deb- I heard that some country did that. My brother and I took our money out of the market about three months ago. 401 and retirement money is going to have cash taken or at least taxed. I know that sounds crazy. I hope it is crazy. Pay roll deduction for social securty will surely rise. Then your going to have a health premium deduction. They are talking about job pay deduction… If you lose your job and must take lower paying job, then government will pay you 50 % of the difference. This all sound wacky. But this guy plans on giving $ 865 Billion to the United Nation. Never heard that in his speaches. I see higher tax on oil and/or your utilities to pay for alternative enrtggy. Low income tax under $250,000 or whayever may get lower taxes, bur that will be off set with other taxes plus more.

  • Deb

    Bill..I thought I had heard that Obama wants to also decrease FICA deductions for anyone making under $250,000 a year. What is that going to do to Social Security seeing that what you get depends a lot on how much you put in?

    Here is a great article and I think it says a lot about what most of us have been trying to get Obama people and how raising the taxes on the rich can destroy this country.

  • Bill Hedges

    Deb. It won’t be $250,000. It will end up much, much lower. Take any campaign promise of Obama as a given lie. McCain is trying to be real, so he can not match Obama’s promises. How can you decrease social security in-coming money When thir trust fund has been robbed. Your right about yout social sevuity check is based upon what you put in. Flim Flam Man only cares about tuesday.

  • Bill Hedges

    JD–I will explain it in very simple terms for you………………………………………………………………………………………………………..Taxation is money collected to pay for the services provided by the government. And few examples are armed forces, police, judcal, dtc………………………………………………………………………………………………………..Spread the wealth tax is where wealthly are taxed at a higher rate. This extra tax, once collected by government, is given to entire lower economic class as it is designed.

  • Deb

    It makes sense that people living in other countries would want Obama. They will benefit from all the rich moving their money oversees to protect it from Obama and his tax

    Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall said it all in one sentence: “The power to tax is the power to destroy.”

    It is not the money that is taxed away that is destroyed. What is destroyed is the wealth that does not get produced in the first place, because high taxes make its production not worthwhile.

    Those who are receptive to Barack Obama’s plan to increase taxes on “the rich” seem not to understand that the issue is the nation’s loss of wealth. Today, wealth can leave the country when heavy taxes threaten it– instantly, in an age of electronic financial transfers– and create jobs and economic growth overseas, instead of at home.

    The two months between the time of a presidential election and the time when the new president takes office is an eternity in terms of how much money can be transferred out of the country electronically before any new high-tax laws can be enacted.

  • Deb

    There have been other countries who thought they would be better with change. Change is good but you need to know before you change things too far.

    “In czarist Russia, for example, the economy was worse than ours is today and the First World War was going far worse for the Russians than anything we have faced in Iraq. Moreover, Russians had nothing like the rights of Americans today. So they went for “change.”

    That “change” brought on a totalitarian regime that made the czars’ despotism look like child’s play. The Communists killed more people in one year than the czars killed in more than 90 years, not counting the millions who died in a government-created famine in the 1930s.

    Other despotic regimes in China, Cuba and Iran were similarly replaced by people who promised “change” that turned out to be even worse than what went before.

    What specifics do we know about Obama’s track record that might give us some clue as to what kinds of “changes” to expect if he is elected?

    We know that he opposed the practice of putting violent young felons on trial as adults. We know that he was against a law forbidding physicians to kill a baby that was born alive despite an attempt to abort it.

    We know that Obama opposed attempts to put stricter regulations on Fannie Mae — and that he was the second largest recipient of campaign contributions from Fannie Mae. We know that this very year his campaign sought the advice of disgraced former Fannie Mae CEO Franklin Raines.

    Fannie Mae and Raines were at the heart of “the mess in Washington” that Obama claims he is going to clean up under the banner of “change.”

    The public has been told very little about what this man with the wonderful rhetoric has actually done. What we know is enough to make us wonder about what we don’t know. Or it ought to. For the true believers — which includes many in the media — it is just a question of whether you like him or not. ”

  • Bill Hedges

    Deb never thought about why other country people on this site like Obama. But you are right. Here is example of what might happen to Obama…..Under Clinton, tax was raised on yaults to increase tax monry. Rich stopped buying. Tax money from yaults fell and yault makers were going out of business. Clinton was forced to have extra tax dropped. Same should happen to Obama stupid ides..

  • Bill Hedges

    Deb Nov 3rd, 2008 at 1:48 am
    There have been other countries who thought they would be better with change. Change is good but you need to know before you change things too far.
    Deb–My dad use to tell me when I was a boy. Be careful what you as for. You just might get it. So America, are you sure you want un-known Obama as President. Deb, did you know my Dad ?

  • DJS

    Bill…Just reading your statement and how true it is. For some reason the Obama people think that the change Obama wants to bring will be good. They have blinders on and they will not read anything that will prove to them that Obama’s policies will not work. When the rich start sending their money oversees so it doesn’t get taxed who will be next? He will have to get his money from somewhere and that somewhere will be the middle class.
    I have always believed in “be careful what you ask for.” In this case I don’t think anyone will like the changes they are going to see.
    Obama is still a very much unknown person and all his hype about lower taxes for the middle class is not going to hold. He is making promises he will not be able to keep.

    Any one who believes raising taxes at this time is good, should look up articles about FDR. That is what he did thinking it would get the country out of the depression. When you tax people more they have less to spend and put back into the economy. The more people have in their pockets the more they will put into the economy. It is very basic and so easy to understand.

  • Bill Hedges

    Djs–Thanks.. What has Obama done? He gave a lot of money away from a grant that Ayees received. He voted for tax increases in the Sente, If he voted. Many times he voted,,,presant. Everybody knows what he does to those that get in his way. This election should be a shoe in. Maybe our televion population has changed that. Maybe racial guilt has chaned things. Maybe preaty speackes has changed things. Maybe Iraq been colored as oil war has done this. Then there is this 4 letter worst of all. Bush… One thing has been left out why vote for Obama. You can vote for McCain. Proven love for country, can you say same for Obama. McCain would rather spend years being tortured than ge released aefore it was his time. Wold Obama ? Would Oama even allow a writer on his plan for writing a articla a little critical of him !!

  • Mike A

    “Sen. Obama boycotted Fox News Channel for nine months, because they had the audacity to treat him like any other candidate. Today, he maligns Fox News more than he discusses his economic policy.”

    This is an example of the kind of nonsense spewed by Babs that nullifies a legitimate attempt at logical debate and discussion. He talks about FOX more than the economy? What? Because he’s made a few swipes at Hannity? Because he’s recently mentioned moments when even FOX News has helped him prove a point? And this somehow means he spends more time talking about the FOX than the economy? Where do you get this stuff? Oh, probably FOX, Hannity, and Limbaugh.

    There’s another way of reading that quote. It’s an anger-driven exaggeration in the same vain as Ann Coulter, whose books are full of distortion, lies, and mistakes. And when confronted, people like this tend to slip-up, evade questions, and just humiliate themselves because they can’t keep track of all their contradictory moves. And in these last few months, it has even happened to the self-proclaimed maverick of the straight-talk express.

    Why go after this little line in the article? Because I am being asked(not literally) to read it and take it seriously. Here’s another little nugget of rhetorical brilliance:

    “Many are beginning to question the possibility of whether or not these incidents are a sign of what is to come in an Obama Presidency.” Ooo. Many, huh? questioning the possibility of a sign? Wow. Great report.

  • Bill Hedges

    Mike A–Sations other than Fox denied access. Reporters kicked off Obama plane. Reporters were not up to Obama’s nice report standard

  • Joe

    Some of you people crack me up.

    Re the media: McCain and Palin avoid the press like the press are spreading TB and covered in anthrax, but you wanna get on Obama for kicking three reporters off his OWN PLANE? McCain and Palin won’t do interviews and when they have the guts to set one up they cancel them, but Obama is the avoidant one? Who wouldn’t want to surround himself with the most positive reporters and documentary makers. This is a Presidential Race after all so don’t delude yourself into believing that the Republican party doesn’t do similar things.

    This whole list sounds like sour grapes to me. Get over it…The Times They are a Changin’…took ten years after Vietnam and only 8 for this war. Thank god the country is improving. Yea, I said THANK GOD…the Republican’s don’t own him.

    PS why cite Ann Coulter when no one takes her seriously who actually thinks about their vote? Yes, the Ann Coulter fans would never vote anything but Republican anyway and, therefore, don’t really think about their vote – they just do it. The people in the middle who swing elections see right through her bitterness and sarcasm.

    Personally, I would like to thank Carl Rove who’s arrogance and divisive techniques have woken up millions of young American’s and pushed them into the Democratic circles and pushed them to be so angry they actually are voting now. For without his stragegy in the past two elections we would never have this historic election today. GoBama!!!

  • Bill Hedges

    Joe, let’s blow your first paragraph out of the water. Fox news reporter is still on the plane. He picks a choices….. “Some of you people crack me up.”

  • DJS

    I just heard a woman say at an Obama rally the other day that she can’t believe this is happening and she isn’t going to have to worry about paying for gas or paying her mortgage. If she helps out Obama he will help her. These poor people think he is going to give them so much. They are in for a surprise.

  • Speaking of surprises and FOX news, has anyone seen the clips that the Daily Show brought together of what FOX NEWS knew about Sarah Palin, but could not disclose until after the election? The Daily Show continues to flirt with extreme liberal commentaries, but the footage is straight from FOX…

  • Dreadsen

    NoSarahPalin Shhhhhhh

    I swear every time you look around the same charge being raised on one side is always applicable to the other.

  • Babs

    Michael, it would seem that the left is still very frightened of Sarah, wouldn’t it? The Rasmeussen poll out over the weekend shows 64% polled supports a Palin for President agenda in 2012.

    Carl Cameron of Fox news was indeed the first to break the “unnamed sources” in the McCain campaign that Sarah Palin was, according to them, a diva, idiot, whatever. Strange now, though, that all of the top aides in the McCain camp, including Mike Schmidt are coming out for Sarah and denying these “unnamed” rumors. What was done to Palin in this campaign was just short of a lynching, and anyone who would give credence to the aftermath of idiots wanting to remain nameless might want to hold on tight. As Dreadsen has mentioned, the other side will begin soon. Already, the Washington Post is confessing to their bias for Obama and that it was wrong, hundreds of “volunteers” rallied in Indianapolis for pay checks they either didn’t get at all, or only got half of.

    Remember, Obama is elected now. The softball questions he was expecting from his liberal media fans didn’t quite work out for him even at his first press conference. The honeymoon will end shortly, and I predict some very ugly stories will start to emerge from the Obama camp. It will be interesting to see how he tries to handle free speech then. Expect Bill Burton to be among the first, since he didn’t get the press secretary job he wanted (according to the unofficial “unnamed” sources).