The [Friday] Papers
Is the Sun-Times's front-page banner headline "Are We Being Poisoned?" a scream for help from its staff?
Better, the paper should have said "Are You Being Deceived?" because the story isn't what you think it is.
"The story, titled 'Teacher and Apprentice' by associate editor Marc Ambinder, describes how Obama campaign staffers were 'frustrated' because the press was not covering Clinton "in the way they expected it would.
"' . . . And at a campaign event in Iowa, one of Obama's aides plopped down next to me and spoke even more bluntly. He wanted to know when reporters would begin to look into Bill Clinton's postpresidential sex life,' Ambinder writes."
Still filled with hope?
"Hsu also was a donor to Obama's senate campaign and his HOPEFUND political action committee. If Obama's operatives had a hand in 'helping to place' the Hsu story, it would be counter to the claim that Obama was running a different and unconventional campaign," Sweet writes.
Is that claim still operational?
"Asked for comment on whether the campaign had a hand in 'helping to place' the Hsu story, Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt said 'We had no knowledge of Norman Hsu's past criminal activity, fugitive status or potential straw donor scheme until reading it in the newspaper.'"
See "This Week in Obama: He's a Mudder" for reasons not to believe LaBolt.
"This [Peterson] story out of Bolingbrook, like a similar case involving the disappearance of Lisa Stebic in Plainfield, is slightly outside the Daily Herald's circulation area, so we have relied mostly on Associated Press for coverage. Of course, we realize that we have an important role in serving the legitimate interest in both cases, and thankfully, AP has generally approached them with the kind of restraint we seek. Even so, our copy editors have at times had to edit out comments or phrases that go too far in suggesting the men had a role in their wives' disappearances. That assessment, is for the legal authorities to make. It is entirely natural for family members and even curious onlookers to conceive theories about missing loved ones and to discuss those theories with each other. But when we start making those discussions part of the public record, we come dangerously close to misconstruing them as actual investigation.
"Editor John Lampinen reflects that the Daily Herald must avoid 'pseudo-detective reporting that is blatantly unfair to the people involved' and adds, 'For those who would question the need for restraint in cases like this, all they need to explore is the case of JonBenet Ramsey, who was slain in the basement of her home in Boulder, Colo., in 1996. The news media and police spent almost 10 years vilifying and disparaging the parents, only to finally exonerate them - after the mother had died.'"
"Learn How To Speak Its Language! The Dog Listeners. A special report with LeeAnn Trotter."
Tonight, on NBC5 "News."
The Daley Show
"The same Mayor Daley who constantly harps on the bad headlines he thinks reporters want to stick him with professed ignorance on Thursday to a front-page Tribune story about - and a federal investigation into - allegations that City Hall played politics in a Bridgeport land deal to benefit his allies.
"Then he suppressed a smirk as he once again ended a press conference by evading reporters' questions about yet another allegation of corruption in his administration."
Because that's what really happened.
- Michael Patrick Thornton, interview, program for Steppenwolf's production of The Elephant Man (Thornton plays John Merrick).
But the recent death of an American Girl doll suddenly looks suspicious; doll reportedly said her demise would look like an accident.
Sweet and Lo
Also from Greenwald: "While Barack Obama toys with the rhetoric of challenging conventional wisdom, [Ron] Paul's campaign - for better or worse - actually does so, and does so in an extremely serious, thoughtful and coherent way."
My City Is Crumbling
Says Tim: "He broke on through to the other side. The other side was a glue factory."
We Are Not Men, Jerry
- Jason Alexander, to the Trib's Lou Carlozo
But here's the thing:
"Only seven players remain from the Patriots' 2001 roster, and only two of them . . . were starters on both teams. So the Patriots have done a lot of roster churning, and they have done it effectively."
Reminds me of the Atlanta Braves.
Sports these days is a general manager's game. It's fantasy sports. With salary caps added to free agency, it's about churning and burning but winning immediately at the same time. Managers are left to do what they can with what they're given year in and year out.
At The Inn
My Favorite Thing
Chicago Rock Vault
The Beachwood Tip Line: Unsatisfied.
Posted on November 9, 2007
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