Head Sanitizer, Mika Brezinski, quickly pointed out that Jesse Jackson Jr. stood out as a person most likely to be hurt by the criminal complaint filed against Gov. Blagojevich. MSNBC is not the only channel to be afflicted with terminal euphemism in discussions of Obama’s rise in Chicago politics, and his associations with Blagojevich and Rezko, both of whom are now in the docket. CNN has its sanitizers, too, and is working hard to ignore the story of Obama’s political connections in Chicago, preferring instead to spend half an hour on the possibility that an illegal immigrant may have strayed into Michael Chertoff’s work force.
“We don’t know that this actually happened,” said the CNN reporter.
Wow, that’s deep! But we report the story anyway, avoiding what CNN knows DID happen with Obama-Rezko-Blago. Showing just how much CNN has its finger on the pulse of the nation, CNN put up a list touting Alaska and Louisiana as being the “most corrupt states,” not bothering to mention that if one guy gets indicted in Alaska, a state with little more than half a million residents, it skews the statistics.
No mention that four recent Illinois governors have been jailed for corruption. The entire idea is to not report the news, not follow up on the living story of BLAGO and Lady Macbeth BLAGO , to distract, deny, delude, and temporize. Methinks they dost protest too much.
Fortunately, an iota of unflinching journalism survives in such papers as the Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times, which BLAGO and fellow mobsters tried to suborn and suppress. The Chicago Tribune’s John Kass had it right in describing
the national media's "almost willful" fantasy that Mr. Obama and Chicago's political culture have little to do with each other. Mr. Kass notes that the media devoted a lot more time and energy to investigating the inner workings of Sarah Palin's Wasilla, Alaska, than it has looking at Mr. Obama's Chicago connections.That last is from the Wall Street Journal John Fund article on 12/11/2008.