The [Wednesday] Papers
"Investigators of steroid use in baseball are seeking medical records from at least two of the game's premier sluggers over the past dozen years, Sammy Sosa and Rafael Palmeiro, along with records from dozens of other players suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs, a baseball official with direct knowledge of the request said," The New York Times reports.
"I don't want to talk about that thing," Sosa said when asked about the investigation before last night's game against the Yankees. "No comment."
Hmm, let's see. Who does the mayor know who is in the insurance business?
KidNews Put To Bed
On the other hand, while the Trib's Eric Zorn asks readers what they think is the best way to get kids to read the paper, maybe the question ought to be what the best way is to get kids to read a newspaper's website. Just musing.
Hole In The Story
Rahm's House Organ
Just what we need - unsupported assertions stretched to book length.
He asked Mayor Daley for help constructing a common thread of corruption flow chart.
I didn't see any of the coverage mention Obama's vote in favor of George W. Bush's 700-mile fence on the Mexican border.
At the same time, however, profit margins for most restaurants, as I understand it, are razor-slim. Just sayin'.
"Mr. McCain's advisers said their candidate, who spent the day at his condominium in Coronado, expected - and welcomed - an opportunity to expand on his differences with the White House," Adam Nagourney of The New York Times writes.
"[B]ut it is a risky strategy, as even Mr. McCain's advisers acknowledged, and it is one that has been explicitly rejected by aides to Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Romney over the last few days as they have assessed Mr. McCain's decision. Advisers to both Mr. Romney and Mr. Giuliani said that it was foolhardy to attack a president who remains so popular among Republican primary voters, and that Mr. McCain, whose position with this group was already shaky, was making a mistake by moving in effect to a general-election strategy before he had won a primary."
So once again a journalist is assessing various strategies for misleading voters for electoral gain, rather than measuring candidates' strategies against their professed values, beliefs, and policy positions.
An alternate way to write the story is to say that the Republican candidates for president are making strategic decisions about whether to hide their true feelings about the president, based on how they think they can best deceive voters.
"In the April 24 story, ''Broken homes, broken promises,' Antoin 'Tony' Rezko associate Daniel Mahru was quoted as saying that their buildings with low-income tenants failed because '[T]here's no money in affordable housing . . . there's no money to clean it up or fix it up.'
"I strongly disagree. Often, buildings in housing labeled 'affordable' fail because they are poorly managed and/or undercapitalized. Blaming the tenants is neither appropriate nor necessary. Community Investment Corporation and other agencies provide training for landlords that is widely available at low cost. And we have many dozens of our borrowers who will refute the claim that there's no money in affordable housing. Perhaps Mahru and his partner just couldn't cut it in a business that requires a professional approach."
Maybe they were watching this.
- Tim Willette
* "Obama spent more (taxpayer) money on trips than any other first-term senator," CBS2 says.
* A little while back on Week in Review, just catching up.
Channel 7 political reporter Andy Shaw: [Obama] is testy For someone who has benefited from the most hype driven rise to the top of anyone I've seen in years . . . he's gonna have to show a much tougher hide . . . he's prickly and oversensitive . . . coddled by the media for so long.
The Beachwood Tip Line: Probably on your side.
Posted on May 9, 2007
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