Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The 'dictator' label - The Boston Globe

"When the National Rifle Association produced a radio ad last month about Obama's shifting position on gun control, the campaign's lawyers sent letters to radio stations in Ohio and Pennsylvania, urging them not to run it - and warning of trouble with the Federal Communications Commission if they did. 'This advertisement knowingly misleads your viewing audience,' Obama's general counsel Bob Bauer wrote. 'For the sake of both FCC licensing requirements and the public interest, your station should refuse to continue to air this advertisement.'

Similar lawyer letters went out in August when the American Issues Project produced a TV spot exploring Obama's strong ties to former Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers. Station managers were warned that running the anti-Obama ad would be a violation of their legal obligation to serve the 'public interest.' And in case that wasn't menacing enough, the Obama campaign also urged the Justice Department to launch a criminal investigation."

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