Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Personal Aside: WTTW Should Call It Chicago Democratic Week in Review Lake Countys Sheriff Casts Light on Daley and His Dems
The Land of Nod.
The other day Joel Weisman, who runs Chicago Week in Review aka the Chicago Democratic Party Week in Review, as a kind of hobby from his full-time job as entertainment lawyer, said off-handedly on his WTTW show Sunday that the only economic difference between Barack Obamas tax program and John McCains is that Obama wants to lower taxes on the middle class. As the so-called panel of media are trained seals. So all nodded obediently allowing his sloppy frequently grimacing Democratic lefty to get away with blatant misrepresentation including David Greising of the Tribune.
Since he covers business and economics, Greising should be expected to correct this most officious moderator since John McLaughlin, but he didnt. Or wouldnt. But then Greising, also a lefty, probably enjoyed the sensation of hearing McCain zinged no matter how unjustly. Too, perhaps Greising has learned as have most of Weismans regular participants that it is not smart to contradict the Moderator if you want to be invited back on the show. Face-time on the show is a good prestige-builder and convinces ones managerial boss that youre really in the big leagues if youre asked. Weisman has the same old hacks on his show and doesnt even pretend to add balance on the right because this would upset his sensitive leftwing tummy.
The Internet is superseding the old style news agencies but there hasnt been a glimmer of recognition of this fact by the prematurely orange-haired Joel. Because he doesnt tolerate disagreements on the show he is free to ignore stories that do not fit his ideology. Example: Media favorite and Democratic party hack Anita Alvarez, the partys nominee for Cook county states attorney has refused to give back a contribution from Bill Singer who has been fingered as a person of interest by the U. S. Attorney in a corruption probe.
Because the storys airing would help Republican Tony Peraica, unsurprisingly, Impresario Joel did not include it on his agenda. Weisman will continue to run the show because WTTWs mindless management under Dan Schmidt, an adroit, smooth p.r. man who acts like a masseur of a prominent mens club, who doesnt follow the news sufficiently to know or care how ideologically left the content is. And they wonder why more people dont give to WTTW. Why should anyone who cherishes fair and balanced when Democratic party schlocks like Weisman who prettify their status by calling themselves journalists are running things.
Lake County Sheriff With Guts.
New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was far from a perfect man or mayor for that matter but his reputation in New York is imperishable. Why? Because he decided early to stand by his police department and disregarded the ACLU as well as the editorial board of The New York Times which were blistering him on prisoners rights. Giuliani felt that the blistering he got from the left would be more than compensated by the view of ordinary citizens who appreciated the cleanup on Broadway and 42nd and the crack down on murders. Do you think the average guy cares whether a child rapist has been roughed up in a holding room? Not if youre a father. Ergo, Giuliani could still be mayor if there werent term limits. And he may very well be elected in the future as governor of New York.
All the while, Richie Daley understands Giulianis feat but simply doesnt have the gonads to face up to the test of challenging the so-called human rights hustlers as his father was let it be added. He has caved to the pro-aborts, to the gays with their museum and even has blown a kiss to those who want to start a segregated gay high school. Fearful of losing even a miniscule vote to the left, he has gone the route of replacing Phil Kline as superintendent with a bull-necked body-builder $400,000 mastiff who never walked a beat, Jody Weis. Weis may never have walked a beat for a day but he is walking a lot in processions organized by community activists to protest the rising tide of murders while TV cameras whirr. Thats whats Weis is good atjust as was Orlando Wilsonplaying to the media. No tough action for Richie Daley. The cops dont respect Weis for they know hes a prop to the ACLU and they dont respect Daley either. Why should they when this mayor cowers in all respects to the left?
A man I interviewed on the radio last Sunday the sheriff of Lake county, Mark Curran who has applied for permission to deport illegal aliens who are crowding his jail and who are purportedly responsible for a lions share of violent crimes is a case in point. Curran is the only sheriff in the state to apply for such power; Chicago and Cook county are sanctuary areas which certify that for all practical purpose illegals can come and go. Sanctuary is just one more emblem of Daleys political cowardice to electoral realities. He would rather not alienate Hispanics and allow the murder rate to continue unchallenged. When the book is written on Daley as mayor it will be that he amassed a great deal of power, mobilized his office in behalf of his own aggrandizement and caved from the task of being a great mayor by shirking a power that is within his grasp to cut the murder rate. Overall with all the bluster and reddened jowled shouting, he has been a pillar of Jello.
A city run by a mayor this weak should not get the Olympics.