by John McCormick and Steven Schmadeke, updated
Chicago radio station WGN-AM is again coming under attack from the presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama for offering airtime to a controversial author.
It is the second time in recent weeks the station has been the target of an "Obama Action Wire" alert to supporters of the Illinois Democrat.
Monday night's target was David Freddoso, who the campaign said was scheduled to be on the station from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Chicago time.
"The author of the latest anti-Barack hit book is appearing on WGN Radio in the Chicagoland market tonight, and your help is urgently needed to make sure his baseless lies don't gain credibility," an e-mail sent Monday evening to Obama supporters reads.
"David Freddoso has made a career off dishonest, extreme hate mongering," the message said. "And WGN apparently thinks this card-carrying member of the right-wing smear machine needs a bigger platform for his lies and smears about Barack Obama -- on the public airwaves."
The Tribune-owned station was flooded with calls and e-mails about an hour before an Aug. 27 interview with Stanley Kurtz, a conservative writer who examined Obama's ties to former 1960s radical William Ayers.
A WGN producer said Monday night's response was about the same as when Kurtz was on the station.
Very interesting indeed. I know that there are going to be some lefties who automatically look for ties between the radio station and the GOP (I believe the station is owned by Tribune) -- but that doesn't matter.
This is very simple: The Obama campaign is trying to control what the American public is allowed to listen to because they do not agree with it.
I've said it before -- the left loves free speech, as long as it's speech that supports the left. Dissent should be quashed, lest the public be allowed to listen to all sides and form their own opinion.
If there are inaccuracies in the author's work, then those inaccuracies should be confronted one by one to inform the people. But labeling his work "dishonest, extreme hate mongering" without saying what it is that's dishonest, or how it would incite "hate" is just silly.
And, while I'm at it, why is it that when a liberal disagrees with a conservative, they're offering "truth," but when a conservative disagrees with a liberal, it's "hate"? I'm pretty sick of the left using the word "hate" like they use the word "racism" -- to automatically get the ignorant public to shudder and ignore the dissenting opinion. Think homosexuality is weird? You're full of hate. Think illegal aliens should be deported? You must hate immigrants. Think sticking a fork in the brain of a baby 2 months before it's born is wrong? You must hate women.
When it comes down to it, the liberals are the ones who are intolerant haters.