In the fevered imaginations of modern American liberals, Republicans (in particular, George W. Bush) have been hard at work these last 8 years silencing dissent, blackholing the press, and shipping everyone who disagrees with them off to Gitmo. Of course, this notion is ludicrous. One need look no farther than the editors and publishers of the New York Times, who today walk the streets as free men (publishing self-laudatory books about their heroic exploits) despite publishing news stories on at least two highly classified Bush administration intelligence-gathering programs.
Over the course of the last two weeks, I hope the media have caught on to a simple, basic fact: no American politician in the last generation has been more willing to utilize intimidation and abuse of the Court system to silence and intimidate his political opponents and critics than Barack Obama. As noted yesterday, Obama and his legal advisor have a long history of threatening his political opponents with jail time for criticizing him based on spurious interpretations of election finance law. Currently, they have not once but twice sought to have the Department of Justice criminally prosecute the producer and financier of the factually accurate ad tying Obama to terrorist Bill Ayers. As noted by one of the commenters to that piece, Obama's entire political career has been littered with foes who mysteriously found themselves either "disqualified" from being on the ballot due to Obama's machinations or discredited and scandalized due to information contained in sealed court documents (e.g., divorce records).
Now comes this latest. What with all the brouhaha going on in Denver this week, the Democrats took the opportunity to woo some fatcats and lobbyists in nearby but comparatively secluded Boulder, CO. ABC News sent a crew down to Boulder to see who would attend. The end result wasn't so great for the ABC News crew:
DENVER -- Police in Denver arrested an ABC News producer today as he and a camera crew were attempting to take pictures on a public sidewalk of Democratic senators and VIP donors leaving a private meeting at the Brown Palace Hotel.Police on the scene refused to tell ABC lawyers the charges against the producer, Asa Eslocker, who works with the ABC News investigative unit.A cigar-smoking Denver police sergeant, accompanied by a team of five other officers, first put his hands on Eslocker's neck, then twisted the producer's arm behind him to put on handcuffs.
You can read the whole thing for yourself, and ABC's got video as well. So what do you think, media? How do you fancy the prospects of an Obama Presidency now? It's been a pretty good run for you this last 8 years, the way you've made a cottage industry of exploiting leaks in the Bush administration and shining the harsh glare of truth on the war (until the truth became "we're winning," of course, but I'm not telling you how to do your job). Ironically, the only reporter sent to jail during that time was sent for refusing to reveal a source that would have potentially implicated the administration. How do you want to spend the next 8 years? Are you ready to start worrying that if you cover the wrong story, some redneck cigar-smoking (gasp) sherriff is going to handcuff you, throw you in the back of a patrol car, and not even tell you what the charges are?
The evidence is piling up that this would be life in an Obama Presidency. The question is whether you're interested in continuing to help create it.
UPDATE: With apologies, it appears that the arrest actually took place in Denver. I have no idea why the Boulder police are involved in this story at all.