Tuesday, December 9, 2008 2 comments ++[ CLICK TO COMMENT ]++

Corrupt Illinois governor wanted Tribune editors fired

Talk about serious corruption. The US government is accusing the governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat, of carrying out illegal activities including a plot to sell the vacant senate seat. If these accusations are true, this guy needs to be taught a lesson never to mess in politics ever again. Maybe he will join the prior governor, George Ryan, a Republican in this case, who is serving time in jail. What's in the drinking water in Chicago anyway? Home of Al Capone, after all ;) Anyway, the only reason I'm posting this is because Tribune, which I mentioned earlier today, was involved in one of the bribe schemes.

The authorities also say Mr. Blagojevich threatened to withhold state assistance from the Tribune Company, the publisher of the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, which filed for bankruptcy on Monday. According to the authorities, Mr. Blagojevich wanted members of the Tribune’s editorial board, who had criticized him, to be fired before he extended any state assistance.

I have little tolerance for those who attempt to manipulate the media through illegal means. Free media is very important to a functioning society and it's truly sad to see some politician attempt to fire the newspaper editors in exchange for use of his political power.


2 Response to Corrupt Illinois governor wanted Tribune editors fired

December 10, 2008 at 12:46 PM

How about the NY Times "forgetting" to mention the governor's a democrat in their reports on the situation yesterday. Selective? I think so...

December 10, 2008 at 1:49 PM

I think it does say he is a Democrat:

"Mr. Blagojevich (pronounced bluh-GOY-uh-vich), a Democrat, was arrested at his home at dawn Tuesday on charges of conspiracy and soliciting bribes. "

Maybe it didn't have it in the draft story... don't know...

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