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[23 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]

We understand that the State of the Union is mostly a political speech and really shouldn’t be taken seriously. Unfortunately, the American press takes it all too seriously, except for checking facts from the lips of presidents. So with Friday upon us, we’ve concluded our week going through the text of the 2015 State of the Union, all 6,500 words of it. We’re sure you’re grateful we won’t reprint it all here, but we are going to go through most…

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[20 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]

In a very familiar tune we’ve heard before not only from this president but countless politicians in the past, the White House has given the press a preview of what President Barack Obama plans to feature as his central theme in his seventh State of the Union Address: “raising taxes on the rich and cutting taxes for the middle class.” The press is helping President Obama frame this long exhausted narrative with headlines from the Associated Press (AP) like: “Obama…

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[12 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]

Once upon a time in our schools, history teachers told us that politics was not a flat line with liberals to the left and conservatives to the right.  The arched rainbow of political attitudes was indeed a “political spectrum.” The further left or right an idea or philosophy grew, the more the extremes grew closer, the more they became the same. Case in point came this last week when a pair of seemingly opposite commentators — ultra-liberal Bill Maher of…

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[8 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]

The Windy City’s connection to President Barack Obama never seems to get old, and that’s often bad for the administration. This past week, U.S. attorneys filed a motion to have Dr. Eric Whitaker, a long-time friend of Obama since their days as grad students at Harvard, declared a hostile witness in the trial of Chicagoans Leon and Karin Dingle. The Chicago Tribune, in a story last Wednesday by Ray Long, offered a balanced approach to Whitaker and the Dingles, which…

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[2 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]

There’s a good Political Diary over at The Wall Street Journal today by editorial writer Jason Riley. In short, it’s some much-needed straight talk on a media culture (and a president) that refused to budge from its familiar narrative — facts be damned — when it comes to cops, crime and black culture. “The president and his administration are very focused on the underlying issues that have been uncovered in a pretty raw way in Ferguson,” said White House press…

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[24 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

Whether or not you watch “Saturday Night Live” (which stopped being funny in about 1979), you probably know that the opening skit this past weekend came pretty close to hitting a parody home run as it lampooned Obama’s executive action on immigration. The skit featured cast members dressed as a legislative bill and an executive action, mimicking the popular Schoolhouse Rock feature “I’m Just a Bill.” Well, apparently it wasn’t funny for the so-serious Solons over at the Washington Post,…

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[21 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

Sometimes, the press gives away its own bias in subtle ways. That’s certainly the case with a Crain’s Chicago Business story headlined, “Business has Obama’s back on immigration.” From the headline, you would think that every one of  Chicago’s business leaders called by the business broadsheet are in favor of the program outlined by the president to the nation Thursday night. But the text tells a very different story than the headline. In fact, Crain’s says as much in the opening paragraph….

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[11 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

So-called ‘net neutrality” – a phrase made up by the same politicians who brought us “wetlands” and “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor” – will be one of the defining issues of the early 20th century. And while it’s mostly a national debate, local readers need the local papers to tell them what it means for them. Sadly, that’s not happening. Both the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune have wire service stories today that turn it…

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[1 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

It didn’t get much press coverage this week, but Gov. Pat Quinn (D-Ill.) is touting the giant expansion of Medicaid in Illinois – already the second biggest drain on the state’s budget behind the public-pension crisis – as fulfilling the “mission of a lifetime” ahead of the Quinn re-election fundraiser Thursday night in Chicago that will be headlined by President Barack Obama. As the Chicago Tribune’s Michelle Manchir reported it: Three things have changed: The state has far exceeded expectations…

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[22 Aug 2014 | No Comment | ]

Eric Allie on Democrats up for re-election this November trying to get as far away from Obama and Quinn as they can. This ain’t 2012 anymore…