As nation watches Denver, Obama campaign muscles Chicago station over ex-radical Ayres | Top of the Ticket | Los Angeles Times: "In a surprising attempt to stifle broadcast criticism of its candidate, the presidential campaign of freshman Illinois senator Barack Obama is organizing supporters to confront Chicago's WGN radio station for having a critic of the Illinois Democrat on its main evening discussion program."
Behind the smile and lofty rhetoric beats the flinty heart of a Chicago machine politician. He ascended to the state senate by knocking all his Democratic opponents off the ballot. He got into the US Senate when his top Democratic challenger and then the Republican nominee were conveniently forced to pull out because his pals at the Chicago Tribune sued to divulge their sealed divorce records and then smeared them all over the front page. Obama ran against a nonentity (right wing lunatic Allen Keyes, who ended up on the ticket as a carpetbagger from Maryland) and won overwhelmingly. Now Obama is seeking criminal prosecution of stations airing the Ayres ad and applying harsh economic pressure to WGN as an example to other stations: run anything that hurts The One and you pay a big price.
This is what we call "The Chicago Way."