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Andy Martin on the Chicago Tribune agonistes

April 27, 2008

Chicago Tribune embarrassment: newspaper scooped on its home turf by its own company. The Los Angeles Times scoops the newspaper of the parent company with one of the biggest stories of the 2008 presidential campaign. Why can’t Chicago’s media cover Barack Obama? Why is Obama’s corruption being covered up? Media critic Andy Martin asks the hard questions about the media’s collapse in Chicago.

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CHICAGO TRIBUNE DOWNPLAYS OBAMA SCANDAL OVER MONEY LAUNDERING AT LAW FIRM

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(NEW YORK)(April 27) Out of curiosity, I went looking for former Sun-Times and now L. A. Times reporter Chuck Neubauer’s explosive story today exposing Barack Obama’s money laundering when he was a state senator. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-killerspin27apr27,0,6789688.story

This afternoon I did my own extensive analysis of the significance of Neubauer’s revelations. http://www.contrariancommentary.blogspot.com/

My emphasis was slightly different than Neubauer’s, because I focused on the corruption aspects of Obama’s behavior, rather than the suspected influence peddling that was the focus of the Times’ report.

The story obviously originated within the Tribune Company and should have been front-page news in Chicago. It is a major piece of investigative writing in the midst of a campaign that has been hungry for some markers on Obama’s political past.

Coming a week before the Indiana/North Carolina primaries, Neubauer’s disclosures could/should stick a fork in Obama’s campaign.

How could the Tribune ignore the story? I did find the report by using the search engine at ChicagoTribune.com, so the story is technically available. But because I am out of Chicago this weekend I can’t check the hard copy of the newspaper. I doubt Neubauer’s expose made it into the paper itself.

I have been critical of both Chicago dailies for forfeiting leadership in the exposure of Obama’s sordid political past. As near as I can tell, Chuck is no longer based in Chicago. So someone appears to have tipped him on the Blackwell/Obama connection.

In the past my Lilliputian web site has repeatedly scooped all media in the city on the Obama/Rezko story. Why? Is Chicago such an ego-challenged city that major media feel a need to act as shameless boosters? And cover up the damaging truth about a hometown candidate for national office? The Obama cover-up has been embarrassing, disgusting, déclassé.

I’d love to hear your reactions.

And, who’s going to scoop the Tribune and Sun-Times next? The New York Post? Or the Idaho Statesman?

When is Obama going to disclose what “services” he provided and performed to earn $112,000? There is no evidence or paper trail of him ever doing anything to earn such a massive amount of cash. Did “Black rage” make him hide the cash in plain sight? What’s the excuse this time?

Are the Tribune and Sun-Times working on that aspect of the story? Or are they going to let me break the news for them?

Stay tuned. This one is big, big, big. And it is going to get bigger and bigger.
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Chicago’s Number One Internet columnist, broadcaster and media critic, Andy Martin, is the Executive Editor and publisher of http://www.ContrarianCommentary.com. © Copyright by Andy Martin 2008. Martin covers regional, national and world events with more than forty years of experience. He is a chronicler of all things Midwestern and the authentic Voice of Middle America. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. He has been a candidate for U. S. Senator from Illinois. http://www.AndyforUSSenator.com. Comments? E-mail: AndyMart20@aol.com. Media contact: (866) 706-2639. Columns also posted at ContrarianCommentary.blogspot.com; contrariancommentary.wordpress.com. [Editing note: we make typos, and we can’t recall every posting or e-mail; but updated versions are usually found on our blogs and web site.]

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