The [Friday] Papers
"A longtime aide to former Representative Mark Foley testified before the House ethics committee for nearly five hours on Thursday, repeating under oath his account of having explicitly warned Speaker J. Dennis Hastert's office at least three years ago that Mr. Foley should be told to keep his distance from Congressional pages," The New York Times reports this morning.
The Sun-Times thought the more important news about our hometown Speaker was President Bush reading "The country is better off with Denny Hastert as the Speaker" from a script. The paper's editors put that content-free spin point on their front page today, with a photo of Bush and Hastert and the headline "Stand By Your Man."
The testimony of Kirk Fordham, the former Foley aide, warranted a single perfunctory paragraph near the end of the Sun-Times's story.
The Tribune also downplayed Fordham's testimony, though that was in part because the paper also wedged its almost completely uninteresting poll results about Hastert into its front page story of the president backing Hastert.
Interestingly, while the Times put a photo of Bush and Hastert on its front page, it played (correctly) separate stories about Fordham's testimony and Bush's fundraising visit on page 20. The Washington Post put the Fordham story on page 7, and the president's visit on page 11.
The point being: Does the mere physical presence of the president in our city really make his grade-school rheotric more newsworthy?
Now comes the Daily Southtown editorial board with an excellent interview of Blagojevich, who tries to appear as the Most Naive Governor Ever. This is a must-read - but don't be fooled by Rod's act. There are more shoes to drop in this investigation, and one of them is going to drop on his head.
Apparently he can't really run against George Ryan anymore.
State of Denial
"One thing that's very apparent if you read carefully the indictment . . . there is no suggestion, not even a hint of a suggestion, that I knew anything about that or allowed that to happen or looked the other way," Blagojevich told the Southtown.
To the contrary. If you read closely enough, Blago is all over it.
"For Daley, it was another chance to say, 'I told you so,' about the need for destruction of Meigs Field, the city's lakefront landing strip, shortly after midnight March 30, 2003," Spielman writes.
I'm not sure what that means, but if it's a reference to Daley saying Meigs Field posed a terrorist threat, Spielman must not read her own paper.
Or maybe she was somehow referring to the $1 million the FAA says was illegally diverted to the destruction of Meigs Field that the FAA recently ordered the city to repay.
You know, covering Chicago's City Hall is one of the prime metropolitan newspaper reporting jobs in the nation. You'd think the Sun-Times would care more.
New York State of Mind
"Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a recreational pilot with decades of experience, said he believes the skies are safe under the current rules," the AP reports. 'We have very few accidents for an awful lot of traffic,' he said. 'Every time you have an automobile accident, you're not going to go and close the streets or prohibit people from driving.'"
Or like believing a governor didn't know what his pal was doing while raising prodigious sums of money for him or believing a mayor was well within his rights to destroy an airport in the dark of night.
Or believing what you read in the Chicago papers.
If you want to have an honest debate, you have to debate honestly. Proponents of the big-box ordinance, right or wrong, were not motivated by some perverse desire to keep jobs out of the city anymore than they were motivated by racism, as the mayor has very easily gotten away with accusing them of, and the Tribune edit board knows it.
The City That Has No Working Class
But it will be worth it no matter how late and overbudget it is.
(Note how "city officials told the Sun-Times" that it's not their fault.)
- Oct 9, Sun-Times
"Tisa Morris was forced out of her $145,836-a-year job this week as OPS director."
- Oct 13, Sun-Times
Alternate lead: "The mayor was caught in another lie today when it was revealed that he forced the director of the police department's Office of Professional Standards out of her job after discovering after two years - but just as he's making a series of race-based, election-year moves - that she wasn't doing a very good job, instead of her leaving for personal reasons like the mayor said."
But as a matter of fact, yes, if I could afford it, I would spend $80 million on "False Start."
Hey, Victor, you're right; are you gonna believe a few anonymous sources or your own eyes?
The Beachwood Tip Line: The real no-spin zone.
Posted on October 13, 2006
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