Update: Dave Kopel notes a telling omission in coverage of the flap:
Thus far untouched by the Colorado media is any report on the Obama campaign's policy regarding the bringing of anti-Obama signs into places where Obama is speaking. Although ProgressNow has no obligation to put things in perspective . . . a more serious journalistic approach would note that the Obama campaign is also guilty of suppressing protests.I don't get it.
For example, according to the venerable left-wing magazine The Progressive (Dec. 12, 2007), police acting at the behest of the Obama campaign expelled three peaceful anti-nuclear waste protesters from the area outside a University of South Carolina stadium where Obama was scheduled to speak.
Post columnist Susan Greene made a start at examining the Obama side of Colorado speech control. On Thursday, she wrote that "Kreck's citation came the same day Englewood's police chief convinced the City Council to pass an anti-picketing ordinance meant to control protesters in August. A note written by the city's attorney's office inexplicably says the language of the measure was 'recommended by the DNC'" (Democratic National Committee.)
The Colorado media should follow up by asking the Obama campaign (or its proxy, the DNC) whether they intend to allow anti-Obama signs inside or outside Invesco Field when Obama gives his acceptance speech in August. . . . Although Keith Olbermann would never tell you, the evidence suggests that when it comes to squashing protesters, McCain and Obama are two peas in a pod.