Marilyn Wright’s “Fire Bill and Hillary,” posted at my.barackobama.com on January 21 2008 and online as of September 8, 2008, expresses a wish for Bill and Hillary Clinton to be “lynched” and “shot.” It also wishes that Bill Clinton would die from a heart attack, and it refers to him as “white trash.” This hate speech is “Paid for by Obama for America.”
The page does carry the disclaimer, “Content on blogs in My.BarackObama represents the opinions of community members and in no way should be interpreted as endorsed or approved by the campaign,” but this is meaningless. The key phrase is “exercise of editorial control,” which makes the Obama campaign at least morally responsible for the hate speech it hosts, and possibly (not legal advice) legally responsible for the libelous material that has been posted to the site. The libel involved unproven (and therefore legally false) accusations of crimes against identifiable corporate and individual persons.
Here is what Marilyn Wright has to say about the Clintons (Google cache in case it “disappears” now that it is becoming an Internet-wide scandal). We believe (not legal advice) that this falls short of being reportable to the U.S. Secret Service because the writer just wishes that Bill and Hillary Clinton would be killed (or, in Bill Clinton’s case, die from a heart attack) as opposed to saying that she is going to make it happen. Today’s Wall Street Journal reported a similar situation, in which a fan who was disappointed by a delay in the next Harry Potter movie wished that the person responsible would choke on his own saliva–which is about as threatening as a wish that Lord Voldemort would cast the “Avada Kedavra” curse on him, although even wishing death on someone for delaying a movie is extreme to say the least.
On the other hand, there is no doubt that Wright’s wish that the Clintons would die from violence and/or natural causes is hate speech, and this hate speech is “Paid for by Obama for America.” (Here is the Google cache in case the Obama campaign throws the posting under the bus, now that it has become an Internet-wide scandal. We also downloaded the page and took a screenshot.)
From the Purveyors of Party Unity, “Paid For by Obama for America”
We encourage our readers to circulate this information to the 18 million Democrats who voted for Hillary Clinton so they can see what the purveyors of party unity say behind their backs, on a site paid for by Obama for America and over which the Obama campaign exercises editorial control. Always use the phrase “exercise of editorial control,” because this is what makes the Obama campaign itself responsible for My.Barackobama.com’s content. A Google search on “barackobama.com” and “white trash” is also very enlightening as to what Obama & Co. think of “bitter” small town people who “cling to guns and religion,” to use Obama’s own terminology.