Obama Campaign Mines for Votes: Coal Workers Push Back Against False Ads

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Coal miners in Ohio gathered to denounce false ads being run by the Obama campaign that claim that employees of the Century Mine were forced to attend a Mitt Romney rally held in August. The workers stood behind a podium in their work gear and blasted the lies and misrepresentations of the mainstream media and the Obama campaign.

The mine’s owner Robert Murray read letters signed by nearly 500 of his mining employees, one of them addressed to President Obama.

“There are numerous false statements and absolute lies concerning our participation in this event, mostly started by a local ‘shock jock’ radio host,” the miners’ letter to Obama states. “Why would you [Obama] lie about the 500 working miners who have signed this letter? We, the employees of the Century Mine would request you immediately stop these false ads.”

The miners also sought to set the record straight about their participation at the Romney event, which they said was spurred in part by the Obama administration’s “war on coal“:

  • No employee was forced to attend the event.
  • There were no attendance records taken for hourly employees.
  • There were absolutely no penalties or reprimands to those who did not attend.
  • Due to security concerns for the Romney campaign, there was a list for transportation purposes.
  • They were “honored” to host Romney at the mine.

One media outlet that alleged coercion was involved with the miners’ participation at the Romney rally was The New Republic, which cited “anonymous sources” who were supposedly afraid of retribution from major Romney supporter Robert Murray. As the story claimed:

The Murray sources, who requested anonymity for fear of retribution, came forward separately. But they painted similar pictures of the fund-raising operation. “There’s a lot of coercion,” says one of them. “I just wanted to work, but you feel this constant pressure that, if you don’t contribute, your job’s at stake. You’re compelled to do this whether you want to or not.” Says the second: “They will give you a call if you’re not giving. . . . It’s expected you give Mr. Murray what he asks for.”

Unsurprisingly, DailyKos also spread the story and ran an apparently false campaign aid that brazenly claimed that miners’ attendance at the Romney rally was “mandatory”:

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The miners’ video provides direct and compelling pushback to an Obama campaign that regularly uses workers, soldiers, women and others as props and often speaks for them as a unitary bloc. This is standard fare for any collectivist regime that intends to manage the lives of 300 million people under government-run central planning. It is vitally important for Americans to see and listen to the actual flesh-and-blood human beings who are being crushed under the weight of burdensome regulations and run over by an out-of-control news media.

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