Sweet home, Chicago: Local reporters shield Rahm from embarrassing questions

Big Government has posted a fascinating video showing two local Chicago television reporters who took it upon themselves to protect former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel from questions about the stimulus and his decision to run for mayor of the Windy City.

When WIND Radio host William Kelly asks Emanuel, “There are a lot of people that speculate that the stimulus was just a payback to your Wall Street friends that made you a multi, multi-millionaire?” and “Have you been able to straighten our your residency?” ABC7 political reporter Charles Thomas tells Kelly to “go away.”

“Are you Rahm Emanuel’s press secretary?” Kelly retorts.

“No, I’m a reporter, and that’s not…”

“Really? Then why don’t you ask him about his residency? Does Rahm Emanuel have to play by the rules that everybody else has to play by?”

Good point. Instead of asking Emanuel to answer the question, the reporters lobbed (it’s an insult to the sport to call it a softball)  a powder puff at him instead: “What have you been hearing from Chicagoans?”

Rahm’s reply: “Overall people want…a basic change in direction and a fresh beginning and a new start.”

When Kelly interrupts to ask: “How are you a fresh beginning if you’re President Obama’s chief of staff?”  CBS2 reporter Jay Levine screams at Kelly: “Let him finish or I’m gonna deck you!”

This is why it’s called the lamestream media.

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