The [Wednesday] Papers
Jim Webb vs. Barack Obama. Discuss.
We already know that George W. Bush's foreign policy has been a disaster. But you have to wonder if there's a single thing this president has done right when the Tribune editorial page cites as the president's two key domestic achievements "the No Child Left Behind law that introduced a powerful culture of accountability to public education" and "the succession of tax cuts that provoked the American economy into a flush era of job creation, market growth and rising government revenues."
Yes, thank God we were rescued from the Clinton economy. That sucked.
Apparently the editorial board doesn't read - or doesn't believe - its paper's own reporting.
Neat trick to cite "rising government revenues" (I thought conservatives wanted to starve government) instead of "a mind-blowing out-of-control deficit."
Just to make sure you read that right - that's Libby pinning Plamegate on Rove, not the prosecution.
Olympic Fever Dreams
The Tribune's Kathy Bergen reports the news.
The Chicago Way
Olympic judges have also already decided who will win the women's 100-meter butterfly, but ultimately they'll hold the race for show.
Just like at Wrigley.
Let Them Eat Flowers
Forgive Ryan. He only reads the Sun-Times.
"But the record shows otherwise. After the stadium plan was announced last fall, several residents of Hyde Park, which sits east of Washington Park, expressed their unhappiness that a chunk of the park would be closed during the stadium's construction. Some don't want the stadium there at all."
Well, Ryan meant no opposition among those who won't be directly affected.
Everyone Must Stand Naked
Chicago Way Tonight
"Chicago's Olympic committee unveils its plans to host the 2016 games. The temporary stadium has shrunk in size, but the estimated costs have risen."
Here we go.
In fact, all the Trib letters today are about Obama. My favorite excerpts:
* From Noah Warman, of Chicago:
"If I want cheerleading, I'll go to a sporting event.
If I want recommendations on how to win an electoral office, I'll hire a political consultant.
And if I want reporting on politics, facts, not commentary, about 'playing to the center,' 'the Clinton factor,' or other bunk, I'll be looking to some source other than your newspaper."
* From S.E. Gustafson, of Valparaiso:
"Would someone please finally tell me why Barack Obama is such a wonderful choice for president besides the following?
- Giving a great speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention
- Writing two published books
- Going on multiple book tours
- Visiting Kenya
- Being photogenic and (supposedly) charismatic
- Being a person of color.
Besides the above, what has he accomplished?"
The bad news: "With the expected announcement of Obama's run for the White House, we need to put more writing and reporting resources into our coverage. Jennifer Hunter is leaving the editorial board next week to join the city desk team and will produce a regular Obama diary column. She will begin writing just before the Springfield announcement next month."
- Memo from Michael Cooke, S-T editor-in-chief
I thought producing an Obama diary was Lynn Sweet's job.
You know, the Scribble columnist. Promoted to covering a presidential campaign. Interesting.
Guard told God: "This really isn't a good time. Can't You see I'm kind of busy here?"
"To see the Convulsions, Agonies and Tortures of a Poor Fellow-Creature . . . dying to gratify Luxury . . . must require a rocky Heart, and a great Degree of Cruelty and Ferocity."
Daley says Cheyne is just silly.
The Beachwood Tip Line: FISA-approved.
Posted on January 24, 2007
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