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Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Newsmax Columnist: Obama Just As Intolerant As Mubarak
Topic: Newsmax

Wayne Allyn Root uses his Feb. 1 Newsmax column to fearmonger about the extremely unlikely occurrence of Egypt-style protests in the U.S., smearing President Obama by asserting that "small signs hint that Obama might turn out to be just as intolerant to dissent as Mubarak":

So how will President Obama react to massive protests, riots, and revolt in the United States?

Will he choose to shut down the Internet?

He criticizes Mubarak, yet Obama is already asking Congress for the authority to do just that (without judicial review). Will Obama cut off access to Facebook and Twitter?

Will he try to shut down talk radio and Fox News? Obama and his Democratic allies have already suggested doing that (before a true crisis) with “The Fairness Act.”

Will Obama attempt to ban guns? He has lately indicated that he will increase measures that tighten gun control.

Will Obama call in the military to contain the riots of unemployed, hungry, angry youth here in America’s biggest cities?

Will he allow free speech — even if massive protests call for Obama to step down?

Root doesn't mention that the backers of the bill that would give the president the authority to "shut down the Internet" are a Republican and an independent -- not Obama.

Even if Obama was pushing for a return of the Fairness Doctrine -- which he's not --  it would not "shut down talk radio and Fox News"; it would merely require opposing viewpoints to be presented.

Further, the Obama White House has not stated what positions Obama will take regarding guns, so Root cannot possibly know that he would "tighten gun control."

The rest of Root's rant is just fearmongering sleaze.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:46 PM EST

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