The [Tuesday] Papers
Is Barack Obama a fabricator?
The Tribune's Washington, D.C., blog considers the question raised by Republican National Committee talking points - some based on the paper's own reporting - and wishy-washily concludes: "This isn't to say Obama isn't a liar. That would take an exercise in trying to prove his intent, to read his mind which reporters aren't probably that good at. But do we have enough evidence at this time to accuse him of fabrications which would make him a fabricator?"
Can someone please explain to me the difference between a liar and a fabricator?
Quite to the contrary.
My question to the Trib and the rest of the media, though is this: What took so damn long?
I added that last one. But it's based on a thorough economic analysis.
A) All City Hall can point to is road improvements - not building projects - coming in on time and under budget. If they did.
B) The changing scope line about Millennium Park is the same one I saw on the talking points issued to Ald. Billy Ocasio - presumably by the mayor's office - that he so intensely studied before we went on the air together on a Chicago Tonight panel recently. First, it's bullshit. Second, even if it was true, what makes anyone think the scope of the Olympic plan won't change? Third, how do they get that 3 million figure? It's not like there are turnstiles to tally visitors or tickets sold.
"Chicago is a world-class city, to be very frank. Everybody knows that. Let's be realistic."
Ironically, Stroger is complaining about media coverage of moves like hiring Andre Garner at $100,000 a year to "shape" Stroger's message. I don't know why he needs Garner when he has unfettered access to the Sun-Times's editorial pages. Then again, he needs someone to write those Op-Eds for him. Unfortunately, we're paying Garner's salary so he can figure out how to best lie to us - sometimes through the pages of the Sun-Times!
The Tribune editorial page took a different approach today: they shaped Stroger's message for free - and got it right.
Does that mean that instead of writing lapdog editorials, the paper will now watch public officials do it themselves?
* Fly Hawaiian.
A) Which other supernatural being?
Q: Why wouldn't God just intervene in the first place and keep people free from illness?
"Reminds me of a joke . . . Pope is meeting with the Cardinals, talking big church business when there's a knock at the door. Phone call for the pope. Pope's busy, they say. This is important, guy says, you really ought to take this one. So the Pope leaves the room for a few minutes. When he comes back, he says, well, guys, there's good news and bad news. Good news is that the phone call was from our eternal Lord and Savior calling to say that he's back. The resurrection is a go. Cardinals reply that's great! What's the bad news? Pope says, well, he was calling from Salt Lake City . . . "
Beachwood Award Alert
I also kid you not when I noted that Debra Pickett and Mancow Muller are the two finalists in the Television Commentary category. Presumably because they were the only ones nominated.
The Beachwood Tip Line: Best Local Tipline Finalist.
Posted on April 10, 2007
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