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Episode 20: Free Speech Zoned Before Obama Speech


The Story

Last Wednesday, President Obama spoke at the University of Central Missouri.  Members of the College Republicans were denied entry despite having tickets to the event.  The New York Daily News published a story in which it was denied that members of the student organization in question were not allowed entry due to their political affiliation.  Due to lack of local media coverage, Mario and Cole were invited onto the show to give their side of the story.
From: UCM News Bureau <newsbureau@ucmo.edu>
Date: Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 9:42 AM
Subject: Statement from UCM Regarding Off-CampusWeb Story
To: All Employees <allemployees@ucmo.edu>, All Students <allstudents@ucmo.edu>

An article that appeared on an online web site last week erroneously reported that students with tickets were turned away from President Barack Obama’s speech July 24 because of verbiage on their t-shirts. We are providing the following statement to provide accurate information, and encourage you to share these important details with others who may be interested. A link to a New York Daily News article also provides more information, including comments from a UCM student, who was an eyewitness to the alleged incident.  

Official UCM Statement Regarding Admittance to President Obama Appearance

The University of Central Missouri has thoroughly reviewed claims of individuals being inappropriately denied admission to President Barack Obama’s speech on campus July 24, 2013. These reports are unfounded. No one who presented a ticket was turned away prior to all doors being locked in accordance with Secret Service procedures. We have confirmed everyone who presented a ticket prior to that time was admitted.
According to Mario and Cole, they did indeed have tickets.  It's also interesting to note that Matt Birdmeyer, the same person who accused Mitchell Brown of unethical behavior, belittled the demonstrators.  Finally, the guests agreed that it was also wrong for Democrats to be denied entry into a Bush speech.



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