Thursday, December 25, 2008

A headline classic. And what about the N&O

An Andrew Malcom LAT Top Of The Ticket blog post begins:

The Barack Obama presidential transition office today finally released its own report on its own internal investigation of its own contacts with legally challenged Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. And you'll be comforted to know the Obama folks found no impropriety whatsoever by Obama folks.
That’s a very good opening, and all the better as it must surely upset Hollywood liberals and those devoted to them.

But look at that headline above Malcom’s post:
Obama team probe of Obama team finds no Obama team impropriety
It's a classic!

Why didn’t the LAT run a headline like that in its print edition?

Were the editors afraid they'd run off some of their devoted core of liberal and leftist readers?

I don’t know.

Anyway, it’s Christmas Day and I’m not doing much blogging.

But tomorrow I plan to look back and see how my local paper, the McClatchy Company’s liberal/leftist Raleigh News & Observer, headlined the story.

I’ll let you know what I find.

Malcolm’s entire post’s here.

Hat tip:


Anonymous said...

One has to wonder where the seante seat story will lead. On the one hand there is the lawyer who interviewed the lawyers of the various people (Obama, Emmanual, Jarrett, Jackson, et al) who claim that nothing illegal occurred. There is also Fitzpatrick who interviewed Obama and Emmanual and who has not said anything definitive (at least that I have read or heard)except that he wants the Illinois legislature to hold off doing anything at this point. On the other hand, there is the attorney for Governor Blagojevich who wants to subpoena Obama, Emmanual, et al. Given that (at least from the tapes) the governor has some serious ethical issues, one would have to question whether the Obama camp did engage in anything other than routine politics on the senate vacancy (nothing more or less unseemly, though not illegal, than what is going on in New York, Delaware, or any of the other locals where Obama has selected current office holders to give up their elected seats and join his administration).
There is a honeymoon (some would call it worship) with the Obamas and their team at present. Given the nature of the media, I do not think that it will last indefinitely. The hard questions will come - and I think it will be sooner rather than later. The fact that the "annointing" of Caroline Kennedy as the next senator of New York has come in for a slow and increasingly steady drumbeat of hard questions and relevations (the latest is that she failed to vote in numerous elections) demonstrates that even the greatest media darling can only count on so much positive press.
My guess is that Obama's aides did suggest certain possible candidates that would have ties to Obama and thus provide Illinois voters with White House access on issues of grave concern to the Illini and that Blago sought to wring from the situation the most possible personal benefit for himself and his wife (therein was his downfall)with little if any concern for the voters of his state. While one can believe that such maneuverings are sordid and should not occur, the fact is that this is the way the world of politics, business (and yes, even education) operates. Who you know has always been as much if not more important than one's actual ability to do the job.