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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.
Babs is a regular contributor for YouDecide2008.com