Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Chicago Tribune Emulates Old Gray Lady

Media bias rears its ugly head once more

The breaking story out of the state of Illinois today is the arrest of Governor Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff, John Harris, on federal corruption charges. The Trib quotes U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald as saying that the “breadth of corruption laid out in these charges is staggering”.

It certainly must be to warrant the FBI dragging a governor, sitting or retired, out of bed early in the morning and taking him into custody. Blagojevich is alleged to have sought a cabinet position in the Obama administration in exchange for appointing a union-preferred candidate to succeed Obama in the senate. This scandal involves not only the corruption of the governor’s office, but the tainting of the U.S. Senate, as well.

The Chicago Tribune acknowledges all of this early on in their article today, but they soon enough turn downhill in their “reporting”.

In a quote from the article, they say:

The governor has not been accused of any wrongdoing. The specific contents of the recent recordings have not been disclosed. Blagojevich has said the appointment of a Senate successor, which is his choice alone, could come in a matter of weeks.

Of course, there is also the obligatory denial by the governor himself, but the Tribune felt it important to repeat their statement of innocence only six paragraphs later:
Blagojevich has not been charged with any wrongdoing and contended that if federal investigators areƒs "going to those lengths and extents [of obtaining recordings], if in fact that's true, that would suggest all the past has been pretty good."

"I don't believe there's any cloud that hangs over me. I think there's nothing but sunshine hanging over me," the governor said.

I find it extremely odd that a newspaper would report that a sitting governor is yanked out of bed and arrested by the FBI, and twice claim that he has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

It would appear that the Tribune is trying to outdo the New York Times.

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