I wouldn’t believe the Tribune if my parakeets read it to me from the bottom of their cage. Their words are meaningless gibberish.
In Mr. Fitzgerald’s comments at the December 9th, 2008 press conference:
I will say this. As you guys know — you guys are in the information business, of getting it and publishing it, and we’re in the information business of getting it and using it. About eight weeks ago, before we had the bug installed and before we had the wiretap up, we were contacted by the Tribune to comment, or confirm or deny, the story that they were going to run. Had they ran that story, we thought we’d never have the opportunity to install the bug or place the telephone tap.
The Tribune knew of the sale of the Senate seat a month before the election.
So I asked the Tribune whether they knew of the wiretaps before the election an who made the decision to withhold that information from the voters. They responded:
“Thanks for your inquiry but it is our practice not to discuss further details, beyond what has already been reported.”
In the Tribune’s “Statement of Principles” of 2007, the Tribune declared:
“The Tribune places great emphasis on the integrity of government and of the private institutions and individuals who serve and lead society. It acts as a watchdog on government, protecting citizen interests in quarters where citizens themselves might not otherwise be represented. The newspaper does this in the belief that the people cannot consent to be governed unless they have knowledge of, and faith in, the leaders and operations of government. Always, the people are sovereign.”
“The editorial page has four essential roles: to serve as a check on the power of government, to set an agenda for the Chicago region and the nation, to make persuasive arguments for the enactment of that agenda, and to inform and guide its readers so they can make better decisions.“
The Tribune can open the sealed divorce decree of Jack Ryan but refuses to look into the school records of the President of the United States. The Tribune ran a story on Sarah Palin’s 24,000 e-mails. Its sister paper, The L.A. Times, asked readers to help find corruption in those e-mails. But the L.A. Times refuses to this day to release the video of President Obama and Rashid Khalidi.
How can the Tribune, and the Times, for that matter, claim to inform and guide its readers so they can make better decisions, if they withhold information from voters?
Standards are good; Double standards are not twice as good.
Update June 28, 2011
After pointing out to the Tribune their policy statement and asking for a name of a person that could answer my questions, I received this reply today:
As I have told you in an earlier response, the Tribune does not disclose reporting practices beyond what already has been discussed in its news reporting.
It’s not that I’m not authorized to respond to your question. The people who do make such decisions and have that authority asked me to respond on their behalf.
(Or not respond, as the case might be. -Rebel Mope)