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    White House Battle Against Free Speech Grows

    Posted August 13th, 2009 at 4.51pm in Ongoing Priorities.

    Yesterday, White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton said on Fox News: “This White House supports free speech.” Now, it is hardly comforting to know we have a White House that feels it has to defend that position. It’s akin to saying, ‘this White House support oxygen,’ but the behavior of senior White House officials over the past few weeks has brought us to this point. A concerted and coordinated effort against cable news channels and their personalities; radio hosts and regular citizens from every walk of life has made Americans across the country fearful of a vengeful Obama administration.

    By now, it is common knowledge that the White House asked neighbors to report other neighbors who may disagree. They defended their White House “list” by saying that names wouldn’t be kept. Well, either they’re keeping a list or they’re destroying public records, but either way something wrong is occurring. America agreed.
    Then the White House introduced the term “Astro Turf” into our August lexicon by accusing soccer moms, senior citizens, students and regular concerned Americans of getting on buses and disrupting the left’s attempt to overhaul one sixth of our economy without opposition. Speaker Pelosi jumped in on this attack referencing swastikas, and Congressman Brian Baird (D-WA) calling protesters “brown shirts.” Townhalls are apparently supposed to be lovefests as demonstrated by the President’s pep rally yesterday in Portsmouth, NH.

    Well these attacks didn’t work either. Instead, townhalls grew more crowded and those folks were able to capture on video Members of Congress taking cell phone calls during questions, refusing to speak to their constituents and union intimidation. So now what? Well if you can’t silence the people, silence the news. The White House yesterday pivoted to blaming Fox News and cable networks for the problem of dissent. A straw man that they have successfully attacked in the past.

    But the new development is their potential use of closely affiliated groups, like one recently operated by top White House advisor Van Jones, to launch organized attacks on commentators like Glenn Beck and Fox News. Apparently Beck, certainly no friend of the Obama administration and never advertised as such, said something that the White House chorus deemed offensive enough to launch an underground attack on his show’s advertisers. Whether Beck said something controversial or not about the President’s reaction to the Henry Louis Gates arrest is not the question. But is it appropriate for the White House to be judge and jury of the fourth estate, and are they using Chicago-style tactics to silence their critics?
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    This administration is starting to really show what an amateur they have at the helm.... this ship of state is about to crash, big time.
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    Re: White House Battle Against Free Speech Grows

    Can't say as this belongs in Breaking News.
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    Re: White House Battle Against Free Speech Grows

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    Can't say as this belongs in Breaking News.
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    Re: White House Battle Against Free Speech Grows

    BREAKING: Obama Official Linked to Racially Charged Boycott of Glenn Beck
    by Michelle Oddis

    08/13/2009

    A racially charged activist group called “Color of Change” founded by Van Jones, a special advisor to the Obama Administration, is trying to silence popular radio and Fox News personality Glenn Beck by calling for a boycott of Beck’s TV advertisers.

    On July 28th, Beck made a comment on the Fox & Friends morning show about Obama’s reaction to the arrest of Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. During the discussion of “Professor-Gate,” Beck connected the President’s past association with Rev. Jeremiah Wright to Obama’s comment that Cambridge police officer, Sgt. James Crowley, acted stupidly. Though Beck acknowledged most of the Obama administration is in fact white, he concluded that the President’s world experience made him a “racist.”

    Now “Color of Change” has bullied at least five of Beck’s big advertisers -- SC Johnson, Progressive Insurance, Geico, Procter & Gamble and Nexus Lexis -- to pull their ads from Beck’s national cable program. Jones, the founder of “Color of Change,” was named Special Advisor for Green Jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality -- a key administrative post -- this past March.
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    Re: White House Battle Against Free Speech Grows

    Quote Originally Posted by Crunch View Post
    This administration is starting to really show what an amateur they have at the helm.... this ship of state is about to crash, big time.
    What do you expect from a man who's only been elected to two offices before the Presidency, and finished his term in neither? They couldn't wait to get President Obama into the Oval Office, which is a shame, because they really should have. I have no doubt he would have been phenomenal with another decade or two of experience.

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    Re: White House Battle Against Free Speech Grows

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    What do you expect from a man who's only been elected to two offices before the Presidency, and finished his term in neither? They couldn't wait to get President Obama into the Oval Office, which is a shame, because they really should have. I have no doubt he would have been phenomenal with another decade or two of experience.
    Yeah, well some of us just couldn't wait.
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