Wednesday, August 9, 2006
Personal Asides: Thats Stella Adding www.thecapitolfaxblog.com to the List Noonan vs. Parke on Political Shootout Sunday Is It a Conspiracy Theory on Why Some Democrats Want Topinka?
The latest John Barron-edited Sun-Times debasement of the public taste came yesterday in Stella Fosters column which like all others of the Democratic newspaper of records offerings is designed to fill marketing niches. Youre supposed to understand and forgive Stellas writing rather style-lessly as with a crayon about middle-aged blacks (and evidently expected to attribute it to African American genre) just as you are to tolerate Neil Steinbergs dotings on youngish upwardly-mobile youth. Stellas an ex-understudy promoted to chronicle affirmative action gossip about people twenty blocks south and fifteen blocks west of the main line. Shes as dated as Louella Parsons chant: Now for my first exclusive!
But as a niche-filler she is no different from these: Debra Pickett to write about youngish married and single remorselessly liberal white women, Richard Roeper for beer and pretzels-chomping movie-watching liberal white males, Father Andrew Greeley for still dissenting (as per the fantasized spirit of Vatican II) Call to Action-style liberal Democratic white Catholics, Mary Mitchell for angry black women, caustic theyre ignored yet still subservient to the black male Democratic party-run machine hierarchy and Cathleen Falsani, supposed to write religion news, but concentrates with liberal guilt over her enjoyment of air conditioning although it despoils the environment. (This is religion Sun-Times style). No one at the paper worries about polluting the taste environment, though, least of all Foster who signs off her column with the hackneyed thats Stella in the city hoping no one remembers its a takeoff from the late Earl Wilson (a New York Post long-dead pal of Kups) who concluded: thats Earl, brother! Only someone in the last stages of ageist decrepitude would know that.
No other niche-columnist at the paper should lord it over Stella. They all deal in pie-tin-shallow social climbers but Stellas marketing notch is evidently about older African Americans and many have died off. The remaining names have served since she was ghosting for Kup with the mission to add a sprinkling of bold-faced black celebrities to the long list of his Hyde Park and Hyde Park-North Evanston friends who picked up his long lunch tabs. But how often can one recycle Dempsey Travis or the pathetically guilt-ridden whitey Father Michael Pfleger anyhow?
Kup religiously stayed away from writing bluebut Stella, with a diminishing lineup of inherited old-timers has to do something to doll-up the ancient black bold-print faces. So she has to crib blue from Essence about Janet Jacksons being thrilled with her long-time (5 years) boyfriend Jermaine JD Dupri. You know him, Im sure. Huh, you dont know JD? I know why she is always smiling, Stella quotes Janet as saying. `I feel like I finally met my [sexual] match. In relationships, it was always the guy telling me, `OK, hold on, wait a minute. Id ask my girlfriends, `Arent we supposed to be the ones who say, `Wait, not tonight. I have a headache? This happened through two marriages for me. I thought, `Somethings not right here. But with Jermaine I `dont have to say anything; he knows Im ready. Any time any place. To which Foster adds, Hey, too much information but I understand!
No subtle writer, shes rather like someone who tells you a dirty joke and keeps nudging you in the ribs, leeringly and repeating: get it, get it? How can this salacious tripe be regarded as anything but demeaning to African Americans and embarrassingly vapid as a supposed celebrity column? If the marketing niches must stay, how about a column that presents the best of the black community, John Barron? Or doesnt your demographic study allow for even rare references to socially conservative (as reflected by their church membership), circumspect, morally upright and successful African Americans?
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Noonan vs. Parke.
State Representative Terry Parke, (R-Hoffman Estates), a stalwart Republican and veteran supporter of social conservatism will be paired opposite Mike Noonan, former campaign manager for Lisa Madigan when she was elected attorney general of Illinois in 2002. Noonan has just been named the campaign manager for Todd Stroger, Democratic nominee for president of the Cook county board. This will be Mikes formal debut as manager of one of the highest visibility posts in Illinois and Terry Parke is a thoroughly knowledgeable expert on state finances so it should be very interesting. Thats Sunday at 8 p.m. on WLS-AM (890).
A respondent named William writes in Readers Comments that it is a conspiracy theory that a good number of Democrats want Topinka to be elected governor, to serve for one-term, sign a general income tax increase and leave the way clear to Lisa Madigan to serve a beatific and generally fiscally trouble-free term. Hmmm. Then how do you explain the fact that State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Woodstock), highly regarded by this Blog and an outstanding leader in the legislature who has refused to endorse Blagojevich for reelection said confirmed on Political Shootout the same scenario when questioned? Jack Franks great virtue is that he is absolutely candid on many things, is not duplicitous and is regarded by this Blog as a future leader of the state. Just asking, William.