Home » Featured, Headline

Democrat Trainwreck Steams Along While WTTW Whistles Lefty Anthems

Thomas F. Roeser 18 December 2009 3 Comments

The Coming Dem Deluge

A good thing for the Illinois Democratic party that the mainstream media has a long history of obscuring details unfavorable to liberaldom, else the real truth about the political situation would be disseminated. But to anyone with a realistic sense of politics, the truth is getting out anyhow. The standoff between Gov. Quinn and Dan Hynes will be won by Quinn who is the weaker of the two candidates. If Hynes were to win the nomination, he at least would be a somewhat newer face. Not so Quinn who has in a relatively short time proved himself to be a queasy, uncertain, quirky executive of whom it is said that if you don’t like his decision, just wait a minute because the change will be announced any time now.


The same old hard-nosed Mike Madigan who couldn’t get along with Blagojevich (well, he had a good reason there because Blago was and is a nut) can’t get along with Quinn either. Warring temperaments and inability to unify are the hallmarks of coming disaster. Then you have Bobblehead Durbin who were he to have ever entertained a liberal thought would suffer a cerebral hemorrhage.

Illinois is a microcosm of the nation’s Democratic party. Never in my 81-year-old lifetime have I seen a party resolutely pushing itself to disaster by force-feeding two massively unpopular programs on an electorate that doesn’t want them. They are ObamaCare and Cap and Trade. Every successful liberal enactment to date in my memory has been supported by popular demand nationally i.e. civil rights. I was in Washington for the great breakthroughs on civil rights in the 1960s. There the heavy wish of the nation was to pass the legislation and only the recalcitrant South fought it.

Now all you have to do is look at the polls and you discover that the American people don’t want ObamaCare, don’t want the higher taxes that the goofy Al Gore-instilled Cap and Trade will instill. Still the obstinate doctrinaire radic-lib Obama is forcing the nation to swallow this medicine. And the Illinois Democratic leadership, far from dissociating itself from the Obama force-feed is going right along with it.

It’s bound to cause the nation to regurgitate and when it does the Illinois Democratic party will be massively repudiated.

Local Fox Affiliate Asleep at the Wheel

What passes for “analysis” is the weak tea stuff that Thom Serafin…an ex-Democratic operative…uses on the local Fox TV station-which is light years away from the Fox News Network. Serafin doesn’t make the vaguest pretense of analysis…just reports everything as an inconclusive horserace and the know-nothing local Fox anchors just nod away.

`TTW’s Jolly Lefty Crew.

Then of course WTTW-TV constitutionally unable to stomach any conservative conclusion has Nurse Ratched (longtime cdobs nemesis Elizabeth Brackett) playing her usual game which goes like this:

If a rare conservative guest says he/she wants to bring up something from the right, Brackett/Ratched will say “hold on to that thought; we’ll be back to that in a minute.” Then after nursing outdated cherished liberal beliefs, she turns to the conservative and says “aside from the issue you brought up earlier, what do you think-blah blah blah?” The whole thing is orchestrated by Mary Fields, of course, who is so Left-Liberal she squeaks.

I would suggest that someone start building a campaign to withhold contributions to `TTW on the basis of its convulsively liberal bias. You can wretch over Brackett, Marin and Ponce if you wish but the real impetus for the Left is the lady who’s never on camera-“Chicago Tonight’s” strong leftward grip on its news rudder, Mary Fields. If  she reads this her eyes will widen and she’ll say “who, me? Little me?”

Yes, Little You, Fields. You pick the lefty guests and guide Brackett through her paces. If WTTW had an ounce of responsibility to its audience, it would have long since gone the way of the bankrupt Tribune and Sun-Times.  Getting some balance at WTTW means they get rid of Ms. Fields to start off with. Then Ponce and the rest of the crew who pale before the late uber-professional John  Callaway.  Moreover it’s about time the station ditches Laughing Boy Weisman with the prematurely orange hair for “Chicago Week in Review.”

No, I’m not writing this because I want to be on. No more TV for me. I’m fat, homely, not pretty and worn out. I held down the conservative chair for more than a decade during the golden Callaway years and that’s enough. At my age I have this blog, The Chicago Daily Observer and a radio gig that more than keeps me busy. Besides I’m writing a book of reminiscences.

What bothers me about `TTW more than other stations is that it exists partially at the sufferance of the taxpayers for which we see our own money churned back to us via the Lefty bias of prim, smug, ultra-self-assured Ms. Fields in whose delicate manicured hands manager Dan Schmidt is silly putty.  The utter defiance of the viewing audience has reduced WTTW to replaying doo-wop classics at all hours of the night.  How about WTTW representing a cross section of the audience rather acting as soapbox for Lefties?


Tom Roeser is the Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Chicago Daily Observer

image Chatsworth Illinois Trainwreck 1887 image from Harper’s


  • Danielle said:

    Thom Serafin is one of Illinois’ most independent and intelligent political voices. Forgive me if I’m wrong but aren’t analysts supposed to deliver balanced analysis for viewers to consider and draw their own conclusions, rather than opinions that confirm the beliefs of a few?

    The fact that Chicago’s FOX affiliate is independent and “light years” away from the FOX Network, is a good thing! We need less leftist MSNBC and far-right FOX Network reporting and more old fashioned journalism.

  • trudy said:

    If only you were on TV nightly!
    We need your intelligence and wit.
    We also need your ability to cut through the fog and come out with the truth.

  • Mick said:

    Thom Serafin has worked for both Democrats and Republicans, in fact in the latter part of his career in politics he worked more frequently for Republicans. Danielle is correct in saying that he is one of the state’s most independent political voices. I trust him to educate me about what’s happening in politics much more than I trust people who have an obvious partisan agenda.

Leave your response!

Add your comment below, or trackback from your own site. You can also subscribe to these comments via RSS.

Be nice. Keep it clean. Stay on topic. No spam.

You can use these tags:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

This is a Gravatar-enabled weblog. To get your own globally-recognized-avatar, please register at Gravatar.