Obama Tries to Stay Out of Blagojevich Fray

President-elect Barack Obama did his best to distance himself from the spectacular public drama playing out in his home town yesterday, refusing to talk about the indictment of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich during his only public appearance outside his Chicago transition offices. Full Story »

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by Michael Bugeja - Dec. 10, 2008

Editors at NewsTrust recently have been discussing the difference between fair and balanced. This news report about alleged criminal activity by Illinois Gov. Blagojevich distinguishes the difference between the two journalism concepts. Those who advocate politically for Obama may believe this story has little merit; however, fairness dictates that it must be reported to state for the record that no improper ties to the President-elect have been found. Some Republicans are trying to make this a major news story, but their "facts"--Obama's 2006 endorsement of Blagojevich, for instance--are relegated to the end of the story, putting that on record but in its proper minor place in the article.

The Washington Post continues to set the standard for fair-minded journalism.

But that didn’t stop Republicans from trying to use the Blagojevich news to highlight the governor’s past ties to Obama. The Republican National Committee ... More »

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Jack Dinkmeyer
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by Jack Dinkmeyer - Dec. 10, 2008

Excellent journalism which presents both sides of the a very sad issue: Chicago politics as usual. The article even quotes someone with whom Obama has had run-ins stating he will remain untouched by this scandal.

Of course Republicans try to sling all the mud from this scandal at Obama. Anyone who petitions the Supreme Court about Obama not being a real U.S. citizen will stoop to anything. What their actions really demonstrate is Republicans care more for their failed philosophies than they do for Real America.

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Stephan Laurent-Faesi
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by Stephan Laurent-Faesi - Dec. 11, 2008

This is one of the typical Post stories that while trying to present all sides actually manages to raise eyebrows by its many mentions of all the possible wrongdoings that Obama's team might have been implicated in, even though they were in fact never involved. In other words, its innuendos, even if carefully retracted afterwards ("there is no evidence that...") actually create the impression that something might have been afoot. Careful journalists should reverse the equation. State the facts first, the possible speculations last. The Post should know better.

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Ben Ross
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by Ben Ross - Dec. 10, 2008

the headline stinks.....some good foot work....history of the prosecutor Fitzpatrick and the timing of the investigation not included.

I think we will see many investigations over the next year...I'm hoping the Post will report all sides with vigor.

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Kenneth Sibbett
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by Kenneth Sibbett - Dec. 11, 2008

The two writers told it like it is and thats all you can expect from journalists vying for information on a story this big.

I would take this opportunity take a shot at RNC, but somehow i have a feeling the DNC would have done the same thing. Feels good though.

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