TRUTH SQUAD – CENSOR SQUAD – ATTEMPTS TO INTIMIDATE
A St. Louis TV station reports a group known as the Barack Obama Truth Squad is coming under fire because a number of state prosecutors and sheriffs have joined and may crack down on free speech. KMOV-TV says the group was set up to respond to advertisements and statements about Obama it considers misleading and possible violations of the state’s ethics laws.
Missouri Republican Governor Matt Blunt says, “What Senator Obama and his helpers are doing is scandalous… the only conceivable purpose… is to frighten people away from expressing themselves, to chill free and open debate.” And the conservative Americans Issues Project says Obama is carrying out a campaign of what it calls “legal intimidation.”
Meanwhile, KMOV-TV has been inundated with calls from angry viewers as far away as New York and Florida. The station reports many are expressing concern that people could be prosecuted for stating their political views.