The [Monday] Papers
"We might as well admit it up front: The first time we heard of the liberal blogging network known as Daily Kos was when Bill O'Reilly dissed it on his show," the Tribune editorial page says this morning.
Whoa! The Tribune editorial page had never heard of Daily Kos until . . . last week?!!!
Tribune editorial board, you're fired.
Daily Kos is only a blogging pioneer and probably the most successful political site on the entire frickin' Internet. Did you guys sleep through the Howard Dean campaign? You do get the Internet, don't you?
And you're going to tell us who to vote for?
Daily Kos is more influential than you are!
What's worse is . . . Kos was born in Chicago! He went to Schaumburg High School. That's Tribune Country!
And apparently you missed this local story about "Chicago's most-read political writer." She's featured on Kos.
Way to keep up!
"Next thing we know," the Trib continues, "hundreds of 'Kossacks' are hunched over their laptops at McCormick Place South, and seven Democratic presidential candidates are lined up to take their questions."
Wow, that really snuck up on you!
Next: the Trib editorial board discovers The Daily Show.
Daley Damage Control
What's next, the mayor forming a parallel U.S. attorney's office that reports directly to him?
Do you think the Sun-Times has heard of Daily Kos?
"'Well! What is the world coming to?'"
Um, Neil, you've read that entirely backwards. Pierce isn't alarmed; he's noting the remarkably historic and distinct dynamic of this campaign with the good-natured amazement we all should feel.
Can anyone around here play this game?
And I'm pretty sure Steinberg hasn't heard of Daily Kos. After all, the self-described "professional explainer" didn't know who Peyton Manning was until his 9-year-old son told him two days before the Super Bowl (fourth item).
The Trib buries the best part in the very last paragraph of the story:
"[T]he governor, who has previously described his pursuit of the vaccines as 'probably the best decision I've ever made,' still maintains Illinois should write the check."
Earth to Tribune! It's 1955 calling. They want your naivete back.
I mean, gee, it just wouldn't be like Rupert Murdoch to use one of his media outlets as a megaphone for his own interests!
My prediction: Murdoch will slowly but surely transform the Journal into a conservative version of The New York Times, sharing content and personalities with Fox News and Murdoch's soon-to-be-launched business channel. While many current Journal readers will go away, many more will flock to it - Red America. Corporate folk are already a large part of that base anyway. And advertisers will love it. They go where the eyeballs are; they don't care if its porn or lawn care.
And Tribune, save the braggadocio about carrying on your sober duties under Sam Zell. You are nothing but a distressed property to him - and you will be treated as such. Wake up.
The Obama Lobby
* "While they don't accept money directly from federal lobbyists, Edwards and Obama are not above benefiting from the broader lobbying community. Both accept money from firms that have lobbying operations, and Obama in particular has tapped the networks of lobbyists' friends and co-workers. Obama, a former state senator from Illinois, has long accepted money from state lobbyists," Ron Fournier of the AP reports.
* "Even as he shuns donations from lobbyists, Obama has taken more than $1.4 million this year from law and consultancy firms that have partners who are registered to lobby, a Times analysis of Obama's fundraising shows. He has received hundreds of thousands more from corporate executives while turning down money from their lobbyists," the Los Angeles Times reports.
* "Away from the bright lights and high-minded rhetoric of the campaign trail, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has quietly worked with corporate lobbyists to help pass breaks worth $12 million," ABC News reports in "Despite Rhetoric, Obama Pushed Lobbyists' Interests."
* "Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is benefiting from the support of well-connected Washington lobbyists even though he has prohibited his campaign from accepting contributions from them and political action committees (PACs)," says The Hill in "Obama's K Street Project."
* "Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has pledged to create a new brand of politics in the Democratic presidential primary by rejecting contributions from lobbyists and political action committees (PAC), but his fundraising records show that he relies on donors with special interests," The Hill reports. "Three of Obama's top fundraisers, who each have raised more than $50,000 for his campaign since January, were registered as lobbyists last year, according to reports filed with the Senate Office of Public Records."
The Beachwood Tip Line: Lobby me.
Posted on August 6, 2007
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