Monday, September 17, 2007
Personal Asides: (1) Why is the Constitutional Challenge to Gov. Blagojevichs Amendatory Veto Manipulation Not NewsExcept to Us?
(1). For several days attorney Richard Caro and representatives of Attorney General Lisa Madigan have been tussling in a courtroom, arguing an historic point of law that is bound to be replete with precedents: how can the governor arbitrarily try to move funds the legislature gave him for one cause like a shell game player and apply them to a cause the governor favors but which has not been approved by the legislature?
Would you not think this is a fairly important item on a list of the so-called peoples right to know? Yet none of the established, regular news outlets have covered it except The Chicago Daily Observer. Nor is this an accident. The media have a two-pronged trademark that renders them vulnerable to the future. The news is what they print and electronics say the news is. Essentially, since a little dinky Internet service has started covering the court action, it certifies that by the rules of (a) arrogance and (b) condescension the major media will not touch it.
As for The Observer, its fine by us. The more the regular media ignore the news, the stronger the case that arrogance and condescension shall be their undoing as consumers become aware of other choices in the free marketplace of ideas.
(2): Why is the Fact that Benedict XVI Will Likely Visit Chicago Not NewsExcept to Us?
2. Last week The Observer provided the tip that Pope Benedict XVI will probably almost certainly visit Chicago in connection with a forthcoming visit to the United Nations. It was an exclusive but has been totally ignored by the so-called mainstream media. Why? We dont expect a hat-tip for this .although we deserve it because mainstream has decided that it is not the peoples prerogative to knowexcept when they want to announce it.
But their arrogance and condescension on two stories of major import is an illustrative example of why the news business is compulsively controlled by custom in this town. And it serves as a wakeup call to news consumers which warns them that they are treated like children who will not be told of events until mainstream determines it is time to allow them to learn of them.