Barack Obama is complaining to the Department of Justice and threatening stations and networks with legal action to stop them from airing an independent ad that links him to domestic terrorism by way of his association with Bill Ayers. As Michelle Malkin points out, that doesn’t bode well for freedom of speech under an Obama administration. Obama calls the ad an “appalling lie.” But everything the ad says is true:
- Ayers, as head of the Weather Underground, was a domestic terrorist.
- Ayers remains unrepentant about his activities.
- Obama did have close association with Ayers—much closer than Obama has acknowledged—getting his political start in Ayers’ home and working with Ayers on the Chicago Annenberg Challenge.
Ironic, isn’t it, that the only thing that gives the complaint any chance of success is a law called McCain-Feingold?