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Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler » Lamestream Midiots™ Biased? Naaaaah.

Take a look at this AP story and see if you can find the tiny little detail that just happened to be left out. Go on. We’ll wait for you. *Theme music to Jeopardy® plays in the background*

Did you find it? Good. We knew you could. (For the Drooling Underachievers™ who stumble in, the answer will be appear later on.)

A copy of the article will be beneath the fold, just in case someone tries go back and cover their asses with a re-write.

CHICAGO (AP) — The convictions of Mayor Richard M. Daley’s former patronage chief and three other one-time officials on federal charges are guaranteed to cast a shadow over next year’s election, experts say.

And that shadow could grow if federal prosecutors obtain indictments against City Hall officials even closer to Daley, they say.

“Most prosecutors work their way up the ladder - and if this case continues, they won’t be working their way down the ladder,” Roosevelt University political scientist Paul Green said Friday, a day after the verdict.

Former Daley patronage chief Robert Sorich, 43, was convicted of two counts of mail fraud. Two other former officials were also convicted of mail fraud, while a fourth was convicted of lying to an FBI agent.

Prosecutors argued that Sorich presided over a scheme in which interviews were rigged and documents falsified to hide that the city payroll was loaded with armies of campaign workers in defiance of a court order that bars consideration of political affiliation in awarding most jobs on the city payroll.

The patronage case was an outgrowth of a scandal over payoffs to city officials from trucking companies. Forty-four people have been charged so far and 41 convicted. Two are awaiting trial, and one has died.

Daley has not been accused of wrongdoing in the case.

Green and political consultant Don Rose said Friday the mayor would carry the scandal into next year’s election. With no proven vote-getter announced against him, though, Daley remains a formidable political power.

But the scandal increases the chances that a tough challenger could get into the race. Names thrown out include U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, U.S. Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. and Circuit Clerk Dorothy Brown.

And the chances of a tough challenger will increase if there are fresh disclosures of corruption at City Hall and high-profile indictments.

The verdict Thursday “has to suggest that they’re climbing the ladder,” said Rose, a persistent critic of City Hall. He said the conviction of Sorich, once the No. 2 man in the mayor’s office of intergovernmental affairs, has to have hurt Daley.

“This is the most hands-on mayor in America,” Rose said. “This is a man who goes down alleys looking for potholes. How could he not have known what was happening in his own IGA a few steps down the hall?”

David Axelrod, the mayor’s media consultant, predicted the verdict would have minimal affect. He said he assumes Daley will run again and win, even though the mayor has yet to announce his candidacy.

Axelrod said he believes prosecutors will search for evidence to indict officials higher up the ladder but that “the mayor has been very active in all this in making changes.”

“I think the people make a separation in their minds,” he said. “If they view this as a problem, they also know that he’s been trying to deal with it and they weigh this against the great job he’s done as mayor.”

The scandal already has taken a bite out of Daley’s popularity.

Seven out of 10 voters responding to a Chicago Tribune/WGN poll in February said they didn’t believe Daley’s assertions that he knew nothing about favoritism in awarding city jobs and contracts.

In that survey, 56 percent said they approved of his job performance, a small increase from 53 percent in May 2005, his lowest rating since becoming mayor in 1989.

Prosecutors have refused to comment on the investigation.

And the answer was: NOT ONE TIME was their party affiliation mentioned.” (That’d be “D”, for the KosTards who managed to unbuckle their straps with their teeth and make it to the computer in the common area.)

And before any of you Drooling Ungulates™ try to claim that this was just an isolated case of Innocent Forgetfulness™, here are just a couple of the many instances of previous Journaljismic Sleight of Hand™.

F.E.T.E.

25 Responses to “Lamestream Midiots™ Biased? Naaaaah.”
  1. Unregistered Comment by Lord Spatula I, King & Tyrant UNITED STATES

    Could say that it’s Chicago, so the “D” is assumed.

    ‘Course, that’d constitute actually being nice  to the LSM, which would ruin my reputation…

  2. jaybear Comment by jaybear UNITED STATES

    But it only took them two paragraphs to show their bias on this story:

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) — U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, a musician in his own right, helped secure the release of Atlanta R&B producer Dallas Austin from a United Arab Emirates jail after a drug conviction, the senator’s office confirmed Saturday.

    In a statement released through his staff, the conservative Republican said he was contacted by Austin’s attorneys, then called the ambassador and UAE consul in Washington on Austin’s behalf.

    Ohhhhh…the objectivity!!

  3. LC Beaker Comment by LC Beaker UNITED STATES

    When Democrat Gary Condit was run out of Washington, many in the media labeled him as the “conservative” Congressman from California.

    And they wonder why their circulations are sagging lower than Helen Thomas in a gravity well.

  4. purple raider Comment by purple raider UNITED STATES

    And they wonder why their circulations are sagging lower than Helen Thomas in a gravity well.

    Not something I’d like to envision on a Saturday night.

  5. jaybear Comment by jaybear UNITED STATES

    Off Topic,
    and I’m sorry to post twice in so short a period….but Mudville Gazette’s got a great link to an interview where the interviewer asks current and recently returned Iraq vets whether their service over there was worth it. Pretty interesting answers, both good and bad. Here’s the link:

    Was Iraq worth your time and effort?

  6. Beth* A. Comment by Beth* A. UNITED STATES

    O/T - yes those were some interesting answers to the “was Iraq worth it?” quiery, not all good, but mostly positive. Thanks for pointing this one out.
    Dadmanly I have met, and he is a wonderful man and a good writer; did some awesome profiles of the people he worked with while stationed in Iraq.

    Back on topic: I thought I just missed the ‘D’, but didn’t track that it was in fact not included at all - lol. Figures.

  7. MCaN Comment by MCaN UNITED STATES

    Since you metioned something wrong, I was looking, and started to catch on shortly, but wow…..you know if it was an (R) it would be all over the place. Bloody liberal arts rejects.

  8. LC Gunsniper Comment by LC Gunsniper UNITED STATES

    The convictions of Mayor Richard M. Daley’s former patronage chief and three other one-time officials on federal charges are guaranteed to cast a shadow over next year’s election, experts say.

    Yeah, right.

    And that shadow could grow if federal prosecutors obtain indictments against City Hall officials even closer to Daley, they say.

    The Duchy of Gran Daley will hang in longer that the Zebra Mussles

  9. DJ Allyn,  ITW Comment by DJ Allyn, ITW UNITED STATES

    Wouldn’t you just assume that anything with Richard M. Daley’s name associated with it would be a Democrat?

  10. LC Gunsniper Comment by LC Gunsniper UNITED STATES

    Not always…

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0607080251jul08,1,2703033.story?track=rss

  11. Unregistered Comment by annoyinglittletwerp UNITED STATES

    it should be mentioned that Richie’s son Patrick is a staunch Republican who in his late 20’s-this past year as it happens-left a promising business career to join the army as an ENLISTED man rather than go straight to officer training.
    His reason was/is that he’d be a better officer to his men if he started out as one.
    His father has been very supportive too!

  12. juandos Comment by juandos UNITED STATES

    Ahhh yes, from the magazine that was part of the infamous Tailwind story and pimped for Joe Wilson’s lies is now claiming, “THE END OF COWBOY DIPLOMACY“…

    Time magazine

    Can someone explain why people still waste their money on this rag?

  13. Deathknyte Comment by Deathknyte UNITED STATES

    If daley keeps this up, he is going to be involved in almost as many scandals as jim doyle.

  14. Unregistered Comment by LC + IB Gutshot UNITED STATES

    Wouldn’t you just assume that anything with Richard M. Daley’s name associated with it would be a Democrat?

    That was a thought of mine too. Still, do you ever recall seeing a potentially negative story about the Bush Administration that doesn’t mention the fact he’s a Republican? And the Bush name would be nationally synonymous with the Republican party. But hey, why would they want to slander the good name of a fellow socialist? Their graft acceptance goes to help good causes (i.e. getting themselves and other fellow socialists elected to multiple terms).

    I’m sure Daley’s innocent. Next you’ll tell me that dead people vote in Chicago.

  15. sig94 Comment by sig94 UNITED STATES

    As soon as I saw two words, “Chicago” and “Scandal,” in the headline I knew that I wouldn’t see “Democrat” on the same page much less in the same story.

  16. RobH Comment by RobH

    Juandos - ya beat me to the Time post! What’s amazing is that Time doesn’t even bother posing it as a QUESTION.

    Instead - it’s a STATEMENT.

    It’s OVER. DONE. FINISHED.

    ………..nope, no media bias there, no attempt to influence Americans there, just Time’s CONCLUSION that it’s over.

    Why? Cuz they SAID SO.

    It’s the ultimate and finest example of MSM liberal bias around!

    YGBSM!

  17. LC Guido Cabrone Comment by LC Guido Cabrone UNITED STATES

    And, interestingly enough, the trackbacks in the center of the page, (which list the Emperor’s fine extablishment, BTW), do not actually LINK here.

    Interesting, no?

  18. Unregistered Comment by cave bear UNITED STATES

    With all due respect to His Rottiness, I’ve been seeing the LSM do this for more years than I care to remember. Whether it’s print or electronic, makes no difference. If the pol who has been caught with his hand in the cookie jar is a Dim, they are loathe to mention it. But if it’s a Repub who has been caught (the blatantly trumped-up charges against Tom DeLay being a recent example), every third word will be “Republican”.

    Make no mistake, boys and girls. There really is a reason why those college students with the lowest SAT scores end up in either the schools of “edjumucation” or (in this case) “journaljizzm”.

    And Juandos, I can’t speak for anyone else, but that is a classic example of why I quit wasting my money on “Time” (along with “Newsweak”) some twenty years ago.

    (Of course, a blurb they published back in ‘87 or ‘88, wherein they (Time reporters and editors) stated flat out that their reporters were perfectly within their rights to spin news stories to fit their personal agendas, as well as inject their own personal opinions into said reports, and if anyone didn’t like it, they could pound sand, may have had something to do with it…And no, I’m not making this up…:)

  19. LC Beth of MVRWC, Imperial Slacker™ Comment by LC Beth of MVRWC, Imperial Slacker™ UNITED STATES

    Wouldn’t you just assume that anything with Richard M. Daley’s name associated with it would be a Democrat?

    Hell, all they had to write was “Political News in Chicago,” and you can assume several things:

    1) Democrat
    2) Daley or Jackson are involved
    3) corruption
    4) crime
    5) coverup

    But still, it’s utterly inexcusable to have (oops!) missed the party affiliation–and yes, I noticed it immediately. I KNEW that’s what I was going to be looking for, too.

    Beaker, I lived in DC during the Condit thing, and I remember that kind of shit. They *always* made him out to be a “good guy.”

  20. Deathknyte Comment by Deathknyte

    And, interestingly enough, the trackbacks in the center of the page, (which list the Emperor’s fine extablishment, BTW), do not actually LINK here.

    Interesting, no?

    what trackbacks?

    Juandos - ya beat me to the Time post! What’s amazing is that Time doesn’t even bother posing it as a QUESTION.

    Instead - it’s a STATEMENT.

    It’s OVER. DONE. FINISHED.

    And what is Time going to do when it turns out they were “a bit ahead of the news cycle” and Bush keeps on doing what we pay him to do?

  21. B.C., Imperial Torturer™ Comment by B.C., Imperial Torturer™ UNITED STATES

    With all due respect to His Rottiness, I’ve been seeing the LSM do this for more years than I care to remember.

    Nothing in the post inferred that this was a new phenomenon, cave bear. That’s why we posted a couple of other instances of past “errors of omission” on the part of the vaunted “Journaljizmers™” and their 17,482,639 layers of editorial fact-checkers.

  22. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952 UNITED STATES

    Can someone explain why people still waste their money on this rag?

    I don’t, juandos, haven’t for years. I can get my news from you folks here…..but………I guess the Other Half and I have better things to spend our money on…like guns.

  23. SoCalOilMan Comment by SoCalOilMan UNITED STATES

    David Axelrod, the mayor’s media consultant, predicted the verdict would have minimal affect. He said he assumes Daley will run again and win, even though the mayor has yet to announce his candidacy.

    Of course. The ballots have already been printed and they are busy marking in Daily’s votes as we speak.

  24. B.C., Imperial Torturer™ Comment by B.C., Imperial Torturer™ UNITED STATES

    David Axelrod, the mayor’s media consultant, predicted the verdict would have minimal affect. He said he assumes Daley will run again and win, even though the mayor has yet to announce his candidacy.

    What’s that little meme that the Donks have been running around screaming for the last few years, trying to get it to stick to the Rethuglicans, again? Ooooooh yeah. Now I remember… “Culture of Corruption™”.

    “Mr. Kettle, meet Mr. Pot.”

  25. juandos Comment by juandos UNITED STATES

    BC rants on rightously: “What’s that little meme that the Donks have been running around screaming for the last few years, trying to get it to stick to the Rethuglicans, again? Ooooooh yeah. Now I remember… “Culture of Corruption™”.“…:lol:

    Well let’s take another looks at Dhimis in Cultured Corruption land

    As JB Williams of the New Media Journals notes: “What many Americans didn’t know before Democrats started their “culture of corruption” pop tour - is that today’s Democratic Party is a culture of cowardice, confusion and treason“…