The [Thursday] Papers
Barack Obama's relationship with Tony Rezko is the subject of a front page New York Times story this morning.
"There is no sign that Mr. Obama, who declined to be interviewed for this article, did anything improper," the Times reports.
At least until you read the rest of the article. Then there are plenty of signs.
"Mr. Obama has portrayed Mr. Rezko as a one-time fund-raiser whom he had occasionally seen socially," the Times reports. "But interviews with more than a dozen political and business associates suggest that the two men were closer than the senator has indicated.
"Mr. Obama turned to Mr. Rezko for help at several important junctures."
This story won't be the last of it either; there is still more to the Obama-Rezko relationship to be unearthed.
Our updated Political Odds, posted earlier this morning, can hardly keep up.
I'm not a fan of the Times's soft-pedaling.
The AP's highly respected political reporter Ron Fournier just wrote a memo urging his colleagues to toughen up and tell the truth.
When a public official lies, write it, he says. You are not obliged to print spin. Write with authority.
What's depressing is that professional journalists have to be reminded of the lessons they were supposed to have learned in Journalism 101. Or maybe those aren't the kind of things they teach at Medill and taught at City News.
"Which candidate will have the media rug pulled out from under him first? Guess. Obama's a Democrat. Thompson's a Republican."
So, judging by the 2004 and 2000 presidential campaigns, Obama.
Egan and Boyle cited the separation of powers between legislative and executive branches of government. The mayor is the executive, see, and he has to keep the legislative branches separated from power.
"There have been concerns about police misconduct for years, and there really never was an attempt to form a more independent OPS," Ald. Joe Moore (49th) said. "All of a sudden, the mayor proposes something and in a couple weeks it is considered a done deal. I thought it was important to take a deep breath and look at it more closely."
Egan and Boyle refused to comment, citing a conflict of interest with reality.
Family Dining Front
Egan and Boyle issued a statement saying the deal would violate the separation of pancake powers - but they'd be willing to overlook it as long as the Denny's grand slam breakfast was left alone.
Bayless added that he preferred Chicago be known for torture of both animals and black men.
A Separate Piece
So that's one degree of separation.
"In a scathing broadside, Franks lashed out at Blagojevich for refusing to explain why his campaign fund has been subpoenaed by federal authorities, an issue brought to light by the Tribune, and why the governor has failed to push for ethics reforms, including his own dormant plan that he vowed would 'rock the system.'
"'The reason the governor is not pounding his bully pulpit is because he can't,' Franks said.
"Deputy Gov. Sheila Nix disputed Franks' assertions, saying the governor and his aides work every day on budget matters."
Sometimes even from home.
- Me, July 26, 2006
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