Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Personal Asides: Why Wont the Trib Come Clean About Feds Subpoena?...Bill Daley Plays Dumb but Doesnt Do it As Convincingly As His Brother.
Come Clean, Tribune!
The Chicago Tribune which is determined to find out the inside skinny about politicians in behalf of the people is quite reluctant to do the same with its own problems. You remember when the crusading newspaper broke the news about Blair Hull who hit his wife in order to make her stop kicking him? And also when it went to California and blew the court-order secrecy on Jack Ryans divorce papers which revealed that he propositioned his wife. The high-and-mighty paper therefore became solely responsible for Hulls political demise leading to the nomination of Barack Obamaand also for Ryans departure from the campaign which, if anything did, paved the way for Obamas election.
So the paper has much to answer for. But now we find that the papers consultant, Marc Gainis, communicated with John Harris, Blagos chief of staff regarding the Cubs (which the paper wanted to unload). Gainis emailed the news that Sam Zell was getting ready to call Blago and that Nils Larsen, the papers exec vice president, was in the mix as well.
Why then if the paper is so stalwart an advocate of the peoples right to know (important things like Jack Ryans sex life and Blair Hulls hitting his wife in order to get her to stop kicking him) why is the paper doing a stonewall on an issue which is clearly the peoples right to know? Things like: what does the subpoena say? Did Zell or Larsen place a call to the governor?
If Bruce Dold, chief of the editorial page, is so loftily free of corporate conflict of interest and runs his own shop, why is he so mum? Huh? Comon Bruce, say something. You were very enthusiastic and mouthy on Chicago Tonight after your paper endorsed Obama. Cat got your tongue?
Bill Daley Never Heard of the Guy.
The supine news media didnt hype it but Bill Daleys name came up at the Al Sanchez trial where the former Streets and San commissioner faces charges that can send him away for a long time through improper use of his office and city workers in behalf of the Dems. One Roberto Medina said that he was present when Daley, Tim Degnan. Luis Gutierrez and Ben Reyes suggested he get involved in forming the Hispanic Democratic Organization (HDO) which has been linked to many patronage scandals.
Of course Daley denied it, declaring he never heard of Medina. Which is clearly a bare-faced lie but since the Daleys are all immersed in denial, I imagine denial was quite easy to say without regurgitation.
Which leads to the question as to whether the younger brother of Mayor Daley would be a tough-to-beat candidate for the U. S. Senate in 2010. Conventional wisdom says he will be. I think hell be a pushover to beat given the soiled linen he brings to the table. But hes got great chutzpah as for example when, as campaign manager for Al Gore, he lectured against purported Republican vote fraud in the Florida recount in 2000. To be lectured about the need for vote-counting purity by Old Man Daleys kid where the dead rose from their graves (and which I studied as chairman of Project LEAP, the anti-vote fraud organization) was a real gas.