Ed Driscoll

Rezko Sentenced to 10½ Years, Media Ignore It And/Or His Ties to Obama

At Newsbusters, Noel Sheppard writes, “Depending on which news outlet you rely on for current events, you may not have heard that convicted Chicago real estate developer Tony Rezko was sentenced to 10½ years in prison Tuesday:”

From what I can tell, this was the best print report on this matter which was nicely headlined “Former Obama Fundraiser Rezko Gets 10-year Sentence.”

Rival the Associated Press went far easier on Obama in its piece entitled “Blago Ally Rezko Gets 10½ Years, Minus Time Served” which began, “A former top fundraiser for Rod Blagojevich was sentenced Tuesday to 10½ years in prison for pressuring businesses for millions in kickbacks, an unusually stiff penalty that could portend a tough day for the former governor when he is sentenced for his own corruption convictions.”

Buried way down in the article: “Rezko also was a political fundraiser for Obama during his campaigns for Illinois senator, though not for his presidential campaign. Obama has not been accused of wrongdoing in the case, but his relationship with Rezko became an issue during the 2008 election.”

That’s all the AP thought was necessary to share with readers about the President’s dealings with this criminal years ago.

But that’s better than most of the newspapers outside of Chicago. The New York Times hasn’t published a word about this. Ditto most of the nation’s major papers.

When it comes to bad news concerning Mr. Obama, the Gray Lady will publish no news before its time.