Lisa Murkowski bullies radio station – Palin strikes back!

Someone emailed me earlier to write about this, and while I don’t normally do much outside of video content, I thought I’d make a special exception in this case. In fact while I was researching it, Sarah Palin released a new facebook note which spells this out perfectly:

Yesterday, Lisa Murkowski’s hired guns threatened radio host Dan Fagan, and more importantly, the station that airs Fagan’s show, with legal action for allegedly illegal “electioneering.” The station, unlike Murkowski, who is flush with millions of dollars from vested corporate interests, does not have a budget for a legal defense. So it did what any small market station would do when threatened by Beltway lawyers charging $500 to $1000 an hour – they pulled Dan Fagan off the air.

Does all this sound heavy handed? It is. It is an interference with Dan Fagan’s constitutional right to free speech. It is also a shocking indictment against Lisa Murkowski. How low will she go to hold onto power? First, she gets the Division of Elections to change its write-in process – a process that Judge Pfiffner correctly determined had been in place without change for 50 years. She is accepting financial support from federal contractors, an act that is highly questionable and now pending before the FEC. And today, she played her last card. She made it clear that if you disagree with her and encourage others to exercise their civic rights, she’ll take you off the air.

The concept of “electioneering” involves several issues, but typically refers to campaigning at the polls, which is appropriately banned. Under federal law, it can also mean paying for advertising on broadcast media during a federal election cycle, and it requires disclosures if done by groups and corporations. Fagan used satire to mock Murkowski’s write-in efforts and encouraged Alaskan’s to run as write-in candidates. That is not illegal. That is free speech.

You can click over to read the rest, but Palin basically finishes up by stating that Dan Fagan is not a fan of hers and has attacked her family in a myriad of ways on the radio. But despite all of that, she still believes in Dan’s right to speak freely without intimidation and she stands with Dan on this issue. Truly a class act.

Just as a note, here’s the background information on why Murkowski had Dan Fagan taken off the air. He was helping promote this, which I think is hilarious:

The number of write-in candidates for Alaska’s U.S. Senate seat has swelled to about 150 amid an effort by conservatives to target the write-in candidacy of GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

The number by Thursday’s write-in deadline had grown from just a handful earlier this week.

Murkowski mounted her bid after losing the primary to tea-party backed Joe Miller, and some conservatives have urged Alaskans to make their own write-in runs

Those conservatives include Dan Riehl, who issued a call on Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government website to “highlight the chaos brought about by Lisa Murkowski’s seemingly unending quest for power” with her campaign.

It’s not immediately clear how many of those running did so because of the effort, though the write-in list includes people who’ve openly supported Miller.

Yeah, two can play at that game. Tip of the hat to Dan Riehl at Riehl World View and Dan Fagan.

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12 thoughts on “Lisa Murkowski bullies radio station – Palin strikes back!

  1. How silly Sara would write anything did she not understand what Fagan had done? For the record it was not Lisa whom called in the complaint to the radio station and I don’t believe any threats were made. Fagan offered prizes to people in an attempted to confuse voters some people would consider this election tampering. She should be outraged of his actions why all the sudden is she backing a man whom would try to sway votes by offering financial rewards? Why did she not comment on Joe’s actions when he wrongfully had his body guards arrest, detain and handcuff a reporter? Sara has lost it Joe has lost it and this is all desperation.

  2. Christie must be jealous,she only threaten to crush and sue a radio, but Murkowski actually did. Maybe in the next Senate race in Delaware Christie will get Murkowski’s help instead of Sarah’s.

  3. Interesting. Must not be too tough to qualify as a write-in candidate up there if they’ve gotten that many. I wouldn’t normally approve of such actions, but since the Democrats took out the high road long ago and we have liberal-partisan dominant media I’m totally OK with it in Murkowski’s case. I believe once you’ve lost in a particular cycle you are out and shouldn’t be able to go back and harm your party out of spite. Joe Miller legally won the vote of Alaska in the primary and Murkowski didn’t. She should be gone. Come back in six years.

  4. How can people in Alaska honestly vote for such a frggin’ dirtbag?

    Oh, wait. I’m in Illinois.

    Never mind.

  5. if the fate of the world depended on murky backing joe miller and relinquishing her seat, she would still rather see the destruction of earth itself than let miller take her seat.

    1. Hopefully not for long. Mark Levin thinks it’s still a longshot for her because of the write-in difficulties but I’m sure the Democrats Liberals Nutjobs are pouring money up there to take out Miller.

  6. Oh, Lisa, when will you realize that what is important here is not yooooouuuuuuu, but AMERICA and her people. If you really cared you would pour your time & our $ into building up ALASKA and not sucking her dry

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