-By Warner Todd Huston
This is really outrageous. William Kelly, who has a program on the weekends on Chicago’s WIND radio, went out with the rest of the media shadowing Rahm Emanuel as he walked around meeting and greeting Chicago voters yesterday. The outrageous part was that Kelly, a conservative, was pushed away by one self-professed “real” reporter and threatened with violence from another simply for asking Emanuel if he thought the stimulus was a failure.
I am very familiar with William Kelly as I’ve worked with him off and on for the last year since his run for State Comptroller in the primary. Certainly Kelly is somewhat of a gadfly in Republican politics in Chicago, but for the Old Media to push him around and threaten to “deck” him is way out of bounds. Further, Kelly is just as much a “real” journalist as they are and has just as much right to ask candidate Emanuel a question as they do. The fist arrogant Old Media “reporter” confronting Kelly is the rotund Charles Thomas of ABC 7 TV. He is the one that keeps insisting that Kelly is not a “real reporter.” Presumably, Thomas imagines himself to be the only “real reporter” in the streets! Worse was the threat of violence blurted out by “reporter” Jay Levine, a reporter from CBS 2 TV. He threatened to “deck” Kelly for asking questions of Emanuel.
Amusingly, every question we could hear from the so-called real reporters were total softball questions constituting NO real news. On the video, for instance we can see the chubby Thomas asks Emanuel, “You’ve been here a week, what have you been hearing from Chicagoans?” Oh, yeah. THAT is piercing “reporting” from a real reporter, isn’t it? What salaciousness!
This video shows the arrogance of the Old Media at its most blatant as it assumes an air of privilege and it reveals a desire to shield Rahm Emanuel from any though questioning. Here the Old Media proves why it is a failure as a means of relating actual news. It also proves why more and more Americans realize that the Old Media is little else but an arm of the Democrat Party.