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Posted on 02/03/2010 12:08:05 PM PST by lizol
Chicago Media Largely Ignore Lech Walesa Visit, Endorsement of Conservative Republican in Governors Race
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
By Michael W. Chapman, Managing Editor
CNSNews.com) Lech Walesa, a Nobel Laureate and former leader of the Solidarity trade union in Poland, which helped topple 50 years of Soviet occupation there and end the Cold War, went to Chicago, Ill., last week to endorse a conservative Republican in the gubernatorial primary race but the local media largely ignored him.
This near-blackout by the media occurred despite the fact that 1 million people of Polish nationality live in Chicago, making it the city with the largest Polish population outside of Warsaw, Poland, and despite the fact that Walesa himself was the first post-Soviet president of Poland (from 1990 to 1995).
On Jan. 29, Walesa endorsed Adam Andrzejewski in the Republican primary for governor of Illinois at a rally in Chicago. Walesa stressed that he and Andrzekewski shared the same conservative values and commitment to freedom and opportunity. (The Illinois governors seat is up for grabs in a special race since Democrat Rod Blagojevich was impeached last year for corruption.)
However, a search of the Nexis news database shows that only one major newspaper, the Chicago Sun-Times, mentioned the Walesa visit and endorsement. On Jan. 24, on p. A5 under the sub-headline TIPSVILLE II, the Sun-Times ran a two-sentence mention of Walesas then-pending visit. On Jan. 30, the Sun-Times ran another two-sentence item about the endorsement on p. 11 of the newspaper.
Former Polish President and Solidarity founder Lech Walesa made his first-ever endorsement of a U.S. political candidate Friday long-shot Illinois GOP gubermatorial candidate Adam Andrzejewski, reported the Sun-Times. He supports Andrzejewski for his stands, not just his Polish heritage, Walesa told a crowd in the Federal Plaza.
The other major Illinois newspaper, the Chicago Tribune, did not run a story about Walesa and Andrzejewski, according to the Nexis search. The Tribune did run an Associated Press story (129 words) on the issue on its Web site (www.chicagotribune.com), but apparently not in its print edition.
The Nexis search looked for the words Leach Walesa and Illinois and Andrzejewski together in the same story going back three months, from Nov. 2, 2009 to Feb. 2, 2010.
The search turned up 15 citations. Beyond the items mentioned, the Associated Press State & Local Wire ran a 2-sentence mention in a list of news items on Feb. 1, which was not carried by any of the major news media in Chicago. The other media hits included several blogs and a couple Web sites, including Politico.com and The Hotline, which is part of NationalJournal.com.
There was no local television coverage of the Walesa endorsement. However, ABC 7 Chicago reporter Alan Krashesky wrote a story about Walesas endorsement that was posted on the TV stations Web site.
Walesa is considered one of the instrumental figures, along with President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II, in helping to bring about the downfall of Soviet communism in Eastern Europe and the eventual disintegration of the totalitarian Soviet Union. In addition to the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Liberty Medal, and the European Award of Human Rights, among other honors, Walesa has been awarded 35 honorary degrees, including ones from Harvard University, Columbia University and the University of Paris.
On Nov. 15, 1989, Walesa spoke before a joint session of Congress, one of only a few private citizens to have done so in U.S. history.
They liked him when he was a union guy leading some labor strikes. I wonder what changed. /s/
The MSM becomes more irrelevant daily.
The good thing is this fact is becoming widely recognized.
Every Polish person knows he visited and they will not be voting Democrat in Nov,even my wifes in-laws are sickened by what the annointed one is doing..
I remember when Lech Walesa came forward in the Capitol Rotunda to pay his respects to President Reagan. That was a very special moment. God Bless him and all who fight for freedom. We will weather this storm.
We need to hear more from Lech Walesa! The Soviets tried to shut him up too. Anyone of influence reading this try to invite Lech Walesa to speak at conferences all across America! Wouldn’t it be great to have Lech Walesa speak at Tea Party events? How awesome would that be!
I told my in-laws who emigrated from Poland after the wall fell,Obama ia a Socialist i told them,”do not be so silly Americans know what socialistic countries are like,they would never let it happen in America” they told me..
Now they know and so do most Polish people.
There was a video posted here on FreeRepublic . I’m not surprised the lamestream skipped it