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from the Columbus Dispatch:
A federal judge yesterday threw out a lawsuit by Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher – the northwestern Ohio man immortalized as “Joe the Plumber” in the 2008 presidential campaign – alleging that three high-ranking state bureaucrats violated his privacy by running his name through confidential databases.
U.S. District Court Judge Algenon L. Marbley said Wurzelbacher could not show that he had been harmed by the snooping.
Three top managers of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services ran database checks of Wurzelbacher, who briefly vaulted to fame in October 2008 when he confronted then-candidate Barack Obama about the effects of his tax policies on Wurzelbacher’s Toledo-area plumbing business. He then teamed up with Obama’s opponent, Sen. John McCain, at several campaign events and was mentioned several times by McCain in the campaign’s final debate.
Wurzelbacher sued the state in March 2009. He claimed that the search came as retaliation for his speaking out against Obama and that it had violated his constitutional privacy rights.
“Without allegations of a more specific and concrete nature as to the harms he suffered, (Wurzelbacher) does not meet the constitutional threshold required to state a claim for First Amendment retaliation,” the judge wrote.
Sen. Joe Biden was able to show the American public exactly how the media has allowed the Obama campaign to set the standard for access to them, and how our freedom of press and speech may be altered in the future.
During an interview on Florida’s WFTV, Barbara West asked Sen. Biden some difficult questions, and actually had to confrontational with the Senator as he became angered at the context of her comments, including quotes from Karl Marx.
In the aftermath of the Joe the Plumber comments, it was acceptable for the media to dig into his past and rake him over the coals; it has been reported that government computers in Ohio were used to reveal some of the Joe the Plumber information. It was acceptable to dispatch hundreds of media and investigators to Alaska to dig out the dirt on Gov. Sarah Palin. But how many journalists and camera crews were parked in Hyde Park in front of the home of William Ayers?
WFTV later received a cancellation of Jill Biden’s interview, as well as a notice from the Obama campaign that the likelihood of any further contact with the campaign is unlikely. Can we see what we may face in an Obama administration?
While the leftwing blogosphere whines and cries about the “ineptness” of the anchorwoman, her credentials are impressive, having worked for ABC for 16 years, and she was a principal assistant to the late Peter Jennings. She obviously was not trained at the same school of journalistic ethics that Andrea Mitchell attended!!
UPDATE: As would be expected, the Obama leftist warriors have begun an all out assault on Orlando’s WFTV and their anchor, Barbara West. Please show them support and appreciation for being willing to challenge the Obama team:
Maya Soetoro-Ng, Barack Obama’s Sister
On the website, Web of Deception, a State of New York Tax Warrant is posted, for 1996 taxes due, in the name of Maya Soetoro, the sister of Sen. Barack Obama. The warrant, issued in February 2000, is in the amount of $6837.99, which includes the tax due, plus interest and penalties.
Does this tax warrant have any bearing on the Obama campaign? Should it have any significance? Why should it even be reported?
Maya Soetoro’s tax issues have no more place in the news or campaign materials than do the tax issues for Joe the Plumber. Yet, the media feels that Joe the Plumber’s taxes were important to discuss, because, after all, he questioned Barack Obama about his tax plans, and thus he was open to media scrutiny.
The media just doesn’t get the point on the Joe the Plumber issue: how will the tax plans affect his plans?