The [Wednesday] Papers
With the mayor continuing to stand behind a man convicted of orchestrating a massively fradulent City Hall hiring operation, will the outrage directed at Todd Stroger now be directed at Richard M. Daley? Will the editorial boards and civic titans and smug North Siders decide that being governed by a criminal enterprise is too high a price to pay for pretty flowers and Olympic bids?
Because Richard M. Daley deserves the ire far more than Todd Stroger. Todd Stroger doesn't know any better; Richard M. Daley does. Todd Stroger is a pawn in other men's games. Richard M. Daley runs the game.
When Daley calls Robert Sorich a man of fine character - a man convicted on a mountain of evidence of criminal wrongdoing (on the mayor's behalf) - well, it gives away the lie of all those impassioned promises of ethics reform Daley issues whenever things get too hot around him.
And everyone who supports this mayor is complicit. You can't separate his achievements from the basic fact of his administration: Corrupt to the core. With a capital 'C.'
You can't bitch and moan about Todd Stroger without being outraged at Daley's hand behind the curtain. You can't scream bloody murder about Bobbie Steele's shenanigans without understanding that Daley gives the blessing. It's a sick, sick culture, oozing from here to Springfield. With Saint Obama uninterested and gallavanting around Iowa and New Hampshire, Daley is the one man who could stop it. That would make him a truly great mayor. What a legacy that could be. Instead, he condones what amounts to treason - the coup d'etat of Sorich & Co.; Stroger, Steele and Beavers; Reyes and HDO.
And while we're directing anger this morning, why has there been such silence at the way Jesse Jackson Jr. and Luis Gutierrez froze the field of potential Daley opponents until it was too late for anyone else to put together a campaign? While the extent of the nationwide Democratic victory - meaning the U.S. Senate and what happend in statehouses nationwide - hadn't been anticipated, there had been little doubt for a long time that the Dems would win the House. And yet, both Jackson and Gutierrez used their new majority power as an excuse to pull the plug on their mayoral candidacies. Thanks, guys.
The only one talking sense these days is Forrest Claypool.
Is it too late?
Run, Forrest. Run.
Mary Ann Ahern then stuck a microphone in the face of Daley sycophant Desiree Rogers, who proclaimed that "I don't believe this election is a racial election," despite the fact that the mayor does.
Regarding Sorich, Ahern said of the mayor: "He clearly did not want to dwell on that scandal."
Back to you, Allison!
Of course, the station failed to mention, much less show, Daley cutting off questions at a press conference when the subject turned to Sorich and ending his "media availability" for the day.
What Would Jesus Ask?
Mr. Mayor, did you not find the evidence compelling? Would you have prosecuted this case when you were Cook County State's Attorney?
Mr. Mayor, do you feel bad that Robert Sorich is going to prison for activities he undertook on your behalf?
Mr. Mayor, do you think the judge was wrong to describe City Hall hiring under Sorich as "corruption with a capital 'C'"?
Mr. Mayor, do you think Patrick Fitzgerald was wrong to bring this case?
Mr. Mayor, do you tolerate corruption in your administration? No? Then why is there so much of it?
No. You kick 'em to prison.
Would you teach your children to do this, Mike? Or would you teach them that doing the right thing is more important than ill-gotten gains?
Bobbie Steele could do the right thing. She's making a choice.
Miguel del Sellout
A) The bombing of Southern Illinois begins in five minutes.
I guess her exlusives are so rare they are front page news.
One needn't be a journalist to go "Hmmmmmm."
If Parker is getting her information from reports like this one, she ought to be more diligent in her research. If you read this report from the ground, you'll see how the right-wing message machine has cherry-picked this one. If the imams were terrorists, the last thing they would do would be to draw attention to themselves by shouting about Allah as they boarded the plane. That's a plane I want to fly, because the real terrorists will be wearing American flag lapels and carrying a Bible the next time.
It's also sadly amusing that US Airways removed the imams from the flight, but offered a customer service number so they could fly on another airline.
Me? I'll be wary of flying US Airways going forward. Not because they have offended me, but because their security savvy seems awfully lacking.
So . . . after three months half (4,000!) of CHA residents placed in jobs had already washed out?
The bigger problem is one that, again, is taught in the first year of any halfway decent journalism school: Statistics mean nothing when presented in a vacuum. They have to be compared to something. We have no idea whether these numbers are good or bad, nor where they came from. Did annual incomes increase by 50 percent, for example, because the lowest earners were kicked out of CHA altogether?
I guess the press release doesn't say, and so neither does the reporter.
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So Michael Cooke is editing the Channel 5 news now, too?
As long as you were on the list.
Sounds like a familiar formula.
The Beachwood Tip Line: Leaving the station.
Posted on November 29, 2006
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