Skip to comments.What Democratic Scandal?--Is Blagojevich a Democrat? The media won't say.
Posted on 12/18/2008 5:24:09 AM PST by SJackson
In October 2006 the national media projected Rep. Mark Foleys online sex chats with House pages into a disaster that would swallow the Grand Old Party whole. CBS, for example, proclaimed it the congressional equivalent of Katrina.
In 2008, when federal investigators found Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich trying to put Barack Obamas Senate seat on the auction block, these same news gatherers found a storm, to be sure, but a storm they suggested would in short order be pushed out to sea.
With the governor caught on tape unloading obscenity after obscenity about how he expected to reap a financial bonanza for handing out his gubernatorial perks, this story was so undeniably big, even the Obamaphile press couldnt ignore it. So instead these reporters tried to downplay its impact on the president-elect and the Democrats.
First, as with other Democratic scandals (Spitzer, Jefferson, McGreevey, et cetera), anchors and editors again purposely dropped the D out of the equation, laboring not to tell viewers or readers that the offenders were Democrats.
In a Republican scandal, the offending politician is usually described as a Republican in the very first sentence, and deservedly so. In a Democrat scandal, the party identification of the perpetrator can arrive in paragraph eight. Or not at all.
Then, reporters declared that a Blagojevich resignation or impeachment could arrive any day and suggested the story could soon be finished. (When Republicans are in the crosshairs, reporters announce this story isnt going away any time soon.)
Reporters insisted the Blagojevich story might end soon with the governors removal, even before Team Obama fully explained its contacts with the governors office on the Senate-seat matter. They wanted Blagojevich removed from the Democratic elite before he infected the partys anti-corruption claims like an Ebola virus.
Third, they labored mightily to separate Team Obama from the Blagojevich camp. Take CBS, and reporter Chip Reid, who cited local CBS reporter Mike Flannery as an expert, and never mind if local bloggers call him Chicagos version of Chris Matthews.
Flannery insisted one could only call Obama and Blagojevich the most distant allies, and Reid insisted Flannery told him Obama has often gone out of his way to avoid any close association with the ethically challenged governor. But that's not stopping the Republican National Committee from trying to tie the two men together.
Reid read a line from RNC chairman Mike Duncan, then insisted Despite the occasional photo together, though, linking them could be a tough sell.
Reids report cracking open this supposed chasm didnt include uncomfortable facts that Obamas supporters would rather not see circulated. Obama not only supported Blagojevich for governor in 2002 when he was still a state senator, he took credit for advising him to victory. He went on television saying electing his friend Hot Rod was a priority. He endorsed him for re-election in 2006 at the beginning of 2005.
Reid also dragged in a right-leaning Chicago Tribune columnist to make a case for Obamas distance: John Kass says Mr. Obama has worked hard to position himself above the machine culture of Chicago politics. He quoted Kass saying: I don't think he gets tainted by what happened today.
But heres what Kass proclaimed in a column a few days later: The national media outlets were desperate to portray him as someone about to transcend our politics. But in Chicago he was just a smooth guy on the way up, looking the other way.
The Blagojevich Senate-for-sale scandal demonstrates how feverishly the media continue to portray Obama not as a Chicago machine manipulator, but as the black inheritor of the Abraham Lincoln legacy. Obamas been energetically linked to Lincoln far more than to any Chicago politician whos currently living and serving in office.
Obama chose for himself a political career in the grubby precincts of the south side of Chicago, not some log cabin outside Springfield, but reporters seem more interested in building a grand and historic legend of a new kind of politics, not a real-life politicians colossal ambitions to be president before he turned 50.
Anyone in politics knows it would be extremely normal, acceptable, and even necessary for the governor and the president-elect (or their aides) to have a chat about who would fill this Senate seat. But the media have invested so much TV time and barrels of ink in putting the most idealistic sheen they can on Obamas New Politics that to find him anywhere within miles of corruption is too much for them to bear.
Oh, I remember Republican rep. Mark Foley, who was a Republican when he emailed Republican emails to Republican-employed interns from his Republican district, which had voted Republican.
If he is, he'll let you know.
If he isn't, don't embarrass him.
If he is, he'll let you know.
If he isn't, don't embarrass him.
I was recently waiting for a flight and drinking a cold beer at O'hare.
The place was pretty busy and this young soldier sat down next to me at the bar. I told the bar tender to bring him a beer on me and the kid says "Wait a minute. Republican?"
I said yes and he smiled and shook my hand and drank his beer. He said he just wasn't in the mood to have to say thanks to and drink a beer with a Democrat. He then said he would have found it surprising that a democrat would have bought a soldier a drink anyway, but he wanted to be sure.
It would have been great to see him tell a democrat to keep his beer and leave him alone. The guy sitting on the other side of him started looking real uncomfortable and pissed off after he asked if I was a Republican.
Take CBS, and reporter Chip Reid, who cited local CBS reporter Mike Flannery as an expertOh gawd, not that hack. I can't stand him and haven't watched CBS-2 in yeeeeears.
Flannery gives me the willies and not ttocast aspersions BUT, the last time I saw him on TV he reminded me of one of those guys you'd see marching in a Gay Pride parade.
Now that's just the feeling I get, he may be straight as an arrow. Then again, I may be a Cowboy from Cheyenne. Yippee-ki-yay!
“The Blagojevich Senate-for-sale scandal demonstrates how feverishly the media continue to portray Obama not as a Chicago machine manipulator, but as the black inheritor of the Abraham Lincoln legacy.”
You mean Lincoln the Republican?
By the way, Lincoln used his law degree to make money, not enroll people on welfare.
” I was recently waiting for a flight and drinking a cold beer at O’hare.
The place was pretty busy and this young soldier sat down next to me at the bar. I told the bar tender to bring him a beer on me and the kid says “Wait a minute. Republican?”
I said yes and he smiled and shook my hand and drank his beer. He said he just wasn’t in the mood to have to say thanks to and drink a beer with a Democrat. He then said he would have found it surprising that a democrat would have bought a soldier a drink anyway, but he wanted to be sure.
It would have been great to see him tell a democrat to keep his beer and leave him alone. The guy sitting on the other side of him started looking real uncomfortable and pissed off after he asked if I was a Republican. “
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Well see? You let him know you were a Republican by offering to buy him a beer. A Democrat wouldn't do such a thing. With his own money, anyway. At least the Dem had the good grace to be embarrassed.
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