August 12, 2009

Editor’s note: As of 12:00 PM CST, the WFTV site has turned comments back on, apparently in response to this story and complaints.

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WFTV reports on the “outrage” over the Obama Joker poster put up in the public commons in Florida. See latest video here.

In response to overwhelming support for free speech and the campaign to post the Obama as Joker poster far and wide, WFTV in Florida has removed all comments on a story about the poster from its website.

On August 11, the news station ran a report on the poster with accompanying video. “A vocal and graphic Internet campaign attacking President Barack Obama just hit Central Florida and one of its first targets was a U.S. Post Office,” the news station reported. “Several Lake County residents called WFTV when they spotted the ‘Joker’ posters on stop signs and saw workers scraping them off the post office in Clermont.”

Earlier today, The Drudge Report covered the WFTV story on its front page.

Alex Jones and Infowars have repeatedly stated that the posters should not be posted on private or government property and should be posted in public commons areas along with other fliers, broadsides, and handbills.

After Infowars ran a story on the Florida news report, people flooded the website comment area with posts in support of the poster. Obviously, this was at odds with the slant of the WFTV report so the management of the station decided to pull the comments. A recent video report posted on the site contains interviews with people complaining that the Obama Joker poster is disrespectful of the president.

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