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December 09, 2008

Manufacturing consent: Il. gov tried to purge Chicago Tribune

Illinois governor Rob Blagojevich allegedly offered to help the Chicago Tribune's parent company save $100 million in a real estate deal in exchange for firing members of the editorial board who had criticized the governor in print.

The Tribune Company owns both the paper and the Chicago Cubs. Blago indicated that he would help the company sell Wrigley Stadium in exchange for the firings.

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When companies in multiple types of business also own media companies, conflicts-of-interest occur.

GE is a military contractor, and broadcast the show "Countdown: Iraq" on MSNBC which promoted the Iraq War before it started.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune is owned by an investment bank, and mostly endorsed candidates in 2008 who supported giving $700 billion to investment banks (They endorsed Norm Coleman over Al Franken.)

GE is a military contractor, and but for some time has had the rabidly anti-Republican Keith Olbermann on MSNBC

The governor of Illinois gets indicted and this is what you people are talking about? GE? MSNBC? Conflicts of interest? Unreal. The guy is a corrupt piece of shit. Those of us who live in IL and are not blinded by partisan politics knew this from day one. But apparently it took 5 years for this to come out.

Comment on how awful and disgusting and terrible this is for the state of Illinois and for the country. Not to mention the DNC. Like it or not, this guy is a Democrat and part of the Chicago machine.

Of course he's a piece of shit, if he's guilty of what he's accused of.

I thought that much was obvious.

Hi B-Money

Some here may remember a post about a year ago when there was a story about a Republican scandal.

I said that in my opinion nearly all politicians were corrupt, and that there was no material difference between the two major parties here. That there were some differences among them as to the sources of the corruption, but that they were all filthy.

This commment was criticized by some.

I restate the comment. They're nearly all corrupt. Almost every one of them, who have ever lived. You can't dive in a pool without getting wet, and you can't dive into politics without becoming corrupted. Can't be done.

The problem ( and what is amusing ) about this guy is that he was so stupid about it, speaking so openly.

The really successful ones do it indirectly, and subtly. A little bit harder to prove that with our hero here, often enough using the husband or the wife.

There's the corruption of campaign financing, and there's this ( outright stealing )

Every one of them is tainted.

Good night.

It would seem that Blago only THOUGHT he was getting away with it at the Trib.:

The writers were not fired, the editorial page continued to take on the governor, Tribune editors said Tuesday that they were not aware of any pressure from the governor’s office, and the company said it did not do the governor’s bidding.

But conversations recorded by federal investigators, and excerpted in a criminal complaint filed on Tuesday by the United States attorney’s office for the Northern District of Illinois, suggest that for a few weeks, Mr. Blagojevich and his chief of staff, John Harris, believed that Tribune would give in to their demands.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/10/us/10tribune.html?_r=1&hp

"If" he's guilty??? Ha! Read the indictment and listen to the taps. We did today at work. Unless some Judge wants to save him, he is toast. And no, here, the only things obvious are the hatred for Bush, Palin, all things conservative as well as the fact that one will be scorned for differing from the rest of the comments.

The next question is, will he try to take Obama with him? There is a real feeling here in IL that he has dirt on Obama as far as the Rezko thing goes. We'll see. Rod is such a scumbag, he may try to take Obama down even if he has nothing.

Hey Phantom. I recall that post. I tend to agree, but hold out hope that you are wrong. No offense! :)

Well, you're the prosecutor, B. Aren't we all "alleged" until we're proven guilty? I mean, as allegations go, Blago's sound very, very credible to me.

How the hell could these political machines even form in those one-party states - New York, Illinois, Alaska, whatever?

Were Blagojevich an honorable man he might consider seppuku.


. . .nearly all corrupt. Almost every one of them, who have ever lived.

I wouldn’t tar them all with the same brush. I think there are a good many honestly sincere and sincerely honest politicians. Mike Huckabee for instance strikes me as pretty much a straight arrow. I’d never vote for him on account of his belief in iron-age religious cult nonsense (among other things), but I think the guy’s probably a fundamentally decent human being.


There is a real feeling here in IL that he has dirt on Obama as far as the Rezko thing goes

Sounds like you’re hoping for any kind of Obama scum to float to the surface. For the next four years we’ll probably never be out of earshot of Republicans baying for Obama’s impeachment.

I hope Obama's clean, but he is a Chicago politician, and don't forget who helped him buy his house

Wrigley Field, not Stadium.

And WRT Phantom, I tend to agree they're just about all corrupt, but there are differences in degree. You can only go so far without reaching some kind of accomodation with the powers that be, but the cartoonish, publc interest be damned as long as I get my pockets filled thing we're seeing with Blago is far from universal.

Cfrost: Really? Did you read the post? So based on what the feeling is in IL, it is I that hopes that Obama is tarnished? You should know what you are talking about before you open your mouth. I NEVER said anything of the sort. I merely pointed out what is being said here in some circles, Dem and Rep alike. I am not saying it. Nor do I want Obama tarnished.

But he did cut his teeth in Chicago politics and associated himself with a number of the key figures mentioned. But he seems to be a man of integrity so I hope he is clean.

Were Blagojevich an honorable man...

...he wouldn't be the Governor of Illinois.

Mike Huckabee for instance strikes me as pretty much a straight arrow. I’d never vote for him on account of his belief in iron-age religious cult nonsense (among other things), but I think the guy’s probably a fundamentally decent human being.

Feingold comes off as straight, as well. I'm not sure why, but none of the examples of honest politicians I can think of is a moderate. That's true not just in the US - in Israel, the two cleanest politicians I can think of are Benny Begin and Yossi Beilin, who mark the right-wing and left-wing fringes respectively of Israeli foreign policy discourse. Is it that moderates are inherently more morally flexible than hardliners, or that hardliners have a support base that's based on ideology and not power?

Alon

Are you from Israel, or have you spent time there?

I'm from Israel - I lived in Tel Aviv until 2000.

I may have mentioned that I was there about a month ago.

Stayed at the (tiny) Bell Hotel on Allenby Street, and moved around the country a bit.

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