Illinois Governor Blagojevich’s office released a list of subpoenas relating to his scurrilous practices this past Saturday .
Lo and behold! After loud denials that any of Obama’s advisors were among that august group it turns out we have been misled (again). David Axelrod, Obama’s Karl Rove, is in there, as is Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Valerie Jarrett. Obama’s good friend and financier Tony Rezko made the A-list too.
This was reported in the Chicago Sun-Times and on Fox News on Saturday, the Quad City Times on Sunday, then the Chicago NBC affiliate on Monday. And that seems to be it; two local papers, the local news, and a quasi conservative TV channel. I keep looking for mention of it in my local paper, or on the national news.
Where is the New York Times? The Washington Post? CNN? All the major networks, the AP, McClatchey? Would they wilfully refuse to report news of such portent? Or under report it?
Isn’t this worthy of not only mention, but thorough investigation? Have they no sense of responsibility to the public, only to Obama?
A Google search shows this story is being covered by bloggers and just about no one else.
A veritable “who’s who” of Obama staffers, surrogates and affiliates were among those whose communications with Blago were served with subpoenas. Put simply, within one week of President Barack Obama’s administration taking office, it is already under significant legal scrutiny that will — at a minimum — take precious time away from dealing with the country’s monumental economic and foreign policy challenges. Director Blue
And the most ironic part of thiestory? The subpoenas only came to light because of a two year battle and freedom of information requests from the Better Government Association, an organization established in 1923 by a group of citizens trying to fight the growing influence of the corrupt Al Capone gang.
Think about it. If this had been George Bush’s Karl Rove receiving a subpoena wouldn it be all over every news outlet in the country, repeatedly and loudly? And that Al Capone connection – they would fall all over themselves drawing comparisons between the corrupt Chicagoan of the 1920’s and the Bush administration.
But this isn’t Karl Rove, it’s David Axelrod. And Rahm Emanuel, and Valerie Jarrett, and Tony Rezko, and other friends of Obama.
How about some comparisons between the corrupt Chicagoans of that era with the current batch?