The [Friday] Papers
By Steve Rhodes
A lot of folks in Sun-Times's story today about the Blagojevich patronage machine are calling the clout lists the paper's reporters got their hands on nonsense.
And in many cases that might be true. It's not always clear how someone's name ends up on these lists - though, curiously enough, it's always the same people whose names you find when these lists emerge into public view.
But even I'm willing to grant some benefit of the doubt until or unless we know exactly who recommended whom for jobs and why. In many cases the Sun-Times reports on just that. Other cases are less clear.
On the other hand, in many cases I'm going to presume guilty into proven innocent. These are those cases - and you'll see why:
* "[Ed] Burke didn't respond to a request for comment."
* "[Cheryle] Jackson's press secretary did not respond when asked for a comment."
* "[Former state Rep. Calvin] Giles, a current state employee, didn't return a message left at his office."
* "[Dick] Mell didn't respond to an interview request."
Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! Guilty!
"Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Cheryle Jackson, former communications director for Blagojevich. She is listed as having secured a deputy directorship for her husband, Charles Jackson, with the Department of Public Health in April 2003. Jackson's press secretary did not respond when asked for comment."
Funny how dramatically the tone of the reporting shifts when it comes to the jobs Barack Obama sought from the Blagojevich administration. Everything sounds so ominous in the main story, but in the Obama sidebar we are repeatedly assured that there was no wrongdoing and, you know, everyone does it.
Text of the Day
This one was also good:
(778): some girl in front of me in class just googled "hungover+throwing up blood"
Maybe the FTC will turn its attention to the mainstream media when it's done cleaning up the blogosphere.
And it's not like I support blogola in any way, but this is a bit more of a problem.
"Sanitation expert and a maintenance engineer . . . "
Dunking Duncan, Daley
"Last week as you may recall, former Chicago schools chief Arne Duncan vigorously denied that changes in attendance areas were to blame for the increased youth violence in Chicago and specifically the death of Darrion Albert, the honors student who was murdered after school in September. The Mayor derided the notion of making changes that would conform to gang or neighborhood boundaries."
The funny thing is that by continuing to refuse to re-draw outdated beat boundaries, Daley also refuses to let gangs determine policing boundaries.
State Street To K Street
Daley's Tax Game
Naperville Held Hostage
If Rush Limbaugh Owned The Bears
Taking The Sixth
Open Books . . .
The Nerfing of America
Rush Limbaugh, Terrell Owens and Milton Bradley . . .
The Beachwood Tip Line: Over/under the counter.
Posted on October 16, 2009
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