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September 28, 2008

UPDATE #3 now. Sheesh.Bumped and UPDATED AGAIN. I Recommend Everyone Start Drinking Heavily

First thing on a Sunday morning? Yep.

When Chris Dodd and Barney Frank are guffawing, clapping each other on the back and grinning ear to ear, well. What do you suppose that means?

Exactly. Pour me one, too.

In comments to a Kat-Mo post below, Christoph points us to this charming video, which is good for sending another shiver down your spine.

***If you can't get the video to load, I've put a youtube copy under the jump.***

Observe how happy the media and law enforcement officers are to assist Obama's campaign in making tacit threats to the public in general and McCain supporters in particular. Note the little O campaign sticker in the window behind the people being, erm, 'interviewed,' for lack of a better word. They had to make sure that showed, since this is all really just a campaign commercial.

And look at how chirpy and uninquisitive the newsmen are in that video.

How can you be a journalist and have no follow-up questions for public employees who call themselves 'The Truth Squad?'

Wouldn't a journalist pretty much think that's HIS job?
This curious lack of interest signals to me that the media doesn't mind if the State becomes the dispenser of truth in Obamaland.

The Truth Squad is obviously a device specifically designed to stifle any criticism of Captain Bullshit through the threat of legal harassment. The explicit message is to shut up. The implicit message is that there is a state organ (a team of county prosecutors and sheriffs!) devoted to making sure you shut up.

This is what 'a chill wind' really feels like.

Allah posts
part of the Governor of Missouri's response.

UPDATE #2: From Jo Mannies at STLToday:

...both sides have “Truth Squads” in numerous states, under numerous titles. McCain’s campaign has an Honest and Open Election Committee, whose Missouri members include former Sen. John Danforth and U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson...
Obama’s national campaign manager David Plouffe said Saturday that Truth Squads simply monitor attacks and refute them.

Later, state communications director Debbie Mesloh issued a statement that called it “the height of absurdity” for the GOP to contend that the Obama squad planned to go to court or jail critics.

The very fact that all of the Truth Squad members who were mentioned in the original piece are law enforcement officers is I think what gives most people the willies.

I leave it to the reader to draw his own conclusion; was the news piece simply a piece of shoddy work that misled the viewer, or was the threatening tone intentional?

Obama's campaign experiences a lot of these episodes where he seems to imply something shitty then turns around and disavows it.

Flipping the bird at Hillary by scratching his face. "Lipstick on a pig." He has "a funny name" and he "doesn't look like" the portraits on money.

On the other hand, If you've ever been the subject of a news article or even just quoted in the paper, you know how amazingly inept reporters can be at conveying the basic friggin' details of a story.

Again, I leave it to you.

Third and final UPDATE: Eddiebear in STL has some local flavor to add to the story, and an appeal to the local media that you can help with.

Thanks, everybody.

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