Tags: obama | protests | wgn | radio

Obama Protests Chicago Radio Station

Thursday, 28 Aug 2008 03:26 PM

By Jim Meyers

The Barack Obama campaign has called on supporters to confront powerful radio station WGN-AM in Chicago for giving air time to an Obama critic.

"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, saying Kurtz is “pushing lies, distortions, and manipulations about Barack and University of Illinois professor William Ayers."

Kurtz, a conservative writer, recently penned an article for the National Review that examined Obama's ties to Ayers, a former 1960s radical and terrorist bomber who later emerged as a school reform advocate in Chicago.

The magazine had been blocked in its attempts to obtain University of Illinois at Chicago records regarding a school reform initiative called the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, which Obama chaired and Ayers co-founded, the Chicago Tribune reported. The school reversed its position and made the records available on Tuesday.

On Wednesday evening, Obama's campaign urged supporters to call the radio station to voice their protests.

"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 e-mail stated.

"It is absolutely unacceptable that WGN would give a slimy character assassin like Kurtz time for his divisive, destructive ranting on our public airwaves. At the very least, they should offer sane, honest rebuttal to every one of Kurtz's lies."

Zack Christenson, executive producer of "Extension 720 with Milt Rosenburg" — the show that invited Kurtz on the air — said the response was strong.

"I would say this is the biggest response we've ever got from a campaign or a candidate," he told the Tribune, which owns WGN. "This is really unprecedented with the show, the way that people are flooding the calls and our e-mail boxes."

Christenson asserted that the Obama campaign was asked to have someone appear on the show and declined the request.

The National Review responded in an editorial: “Obama supporters risibly complain that shining a light on the Obama/Ayers relationship is a ‘smear’ and smacks of ‘guilt by association.’ A presidential candidate’s choice to associate himself with an unrepentant terrorist would be highly relevant in any event — does anyone think the Obamedia would keep mum if John McCain had a long-standing relationship with David Duke or an abortion-clinic bomber?”

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Mali's Islamists Withdraw Cease-Fire Pledge

Friday, 04 Jan 2013 13:06 PM

Tens of thousands of Fatah supporters rallied in the Hamas stronghold of Gaza on Friday for the first time since they we . . .

Fmr. CIA Director Hayden: Iran Nuclear Crisis Gets 'Scarier'

Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 18:11 PM

 . . .

Join Fmr. CIA Director for Special Iran Briefing, Assess the Danger

Friday, 13 Jul 2012 12:27 PM

 . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved