From the Chicago’s Tribune’s Washington Politics Blog:
by John McCormick and Steve Schmadeke, updated
DENVER — Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign organized its supporters Wednesday night to confront Tribune-owned WGN-AM in Chicago for having a critic of the Illinois Democrat on its air.
“WGN radio is giving right-wing hatchet man Stanley Kurtz a forum to air his baseless, fear-mongering terrorist smears,” Obama’s campaign wrote in an e-mail to supporters. “He’s currently scheduled to spend a solid two-hour block from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. pushing lies, distortions, and manipulations about Barack and University of Illinois professor William Ayers.”
Kurtz, a conservative writer, recently wrote an article for the National Review that looked at Obama’s ties to Ayers, a former 1960s radical who later emerged as a school reform advocate in Chicago.
The magazine had been blocked in its initial attempts to obtain records from the University of Illinois at Chicago regarding a school reform initiative called the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, which Obama chaired and Ayers co-founded.
Obama critics were quick to suggest that political clout could be involved in seeking to protect Obama from embarrassment. The school later reserved its position and made the records available Tuesday.
On Wednesday evening, Obama’s campaign urged supporters to call the radio station to complain.
“Tell WGN that by providing Kurtz with airtime, they are legitimizing baseless attacks from a smear-merchant and lowering the standards of political discourse,” the note said.
“It is absolutely unacceptable that WGN would give a slimy character assassin like Kurtz time for his divisive, destructive ranting on our public airwaves,” the note continued. “At the very least, they should offer sane, honest rebuttal to every one of Kurtz’s lies.”
Of course the biggest problem the Obama campaign has, is that Kurtz’s statements about Obama’s early political supporters are not lies or distortions at all. This information has been reported since Obama ran for state office years ago and is very well documented.
The Obama campaign says that his long term partnership with Ayers, a Marxist terrorist who planted bombs to overthrow the US Government, is unfair to criticize because Ayers did these crimes when Obama was eight years old. However Obama was not eight years old when Ayers wrote on September 11, 2001 that not only did he not regret setting those bombs, he wished he could have done more. Obama was not eight years old when Ayers sponsored meet the candidate nights at his home for Obama. He was not eight years old when they worked to give money they raised to antisemitic groups.
The list of seedy characters that Obama used to launch his political career is very long and goes way beyond casual associations with a few people who later turned out to be a little nutty. I wrote an extensive article about this last May. Take a read and you will have a better idea of what Kurtz is talking about.
Says one of Kurtz’s radio show producers:
“And, if at all possible, we wanted to get the Obama campaign, to get their side of the story,” Christenson said. “That’s why the uproar is kind of amazing, because we wanted the Obama campaign’s take as well.”
By the way Stanley Kurtz is not just a radio show host. Here is a part of his BIO from National review:
He received his Ph.D. in social anthropology from Harvard University and later taught at Harvard, winning several teaching awards for his work in a “Great Books” program. Kurtz was also Dewey Prize Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Chicago. Kurtz has published extensively on family life, child rearing, religion, and psychology in various parts of the world – particularly India, where he did his field research.
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