David Axelrod-- Gets Obama's opponent's sealed divorce records opened up
Posted on Saturday, September 06, 2008 12:07:36 AM by dennisw
There was a question that came up yesterday about Blair Hull’s
difficulties here in Illinois, and what in the heck precipitated it? We
all have our theories, right? What I’m looking for is some kind of
documentation to attest to the facts in this; bearing in mind that
Obama’s chief media advisor at the time was David Axelrod, who was an
advisor to the Clinton campaign. Axelrod, in fact, railed against the
politics of personal destruction in the 1990s, and was also once a
columnist for the Tribune and an advisor to Mayor Daley. Lynn Sweet at the Sun Times shows us Obama’s 2008 Whitehouse team, and at the top of the list is:
David Axelrod, media strategist. Founder of Chicago-based AKP
Media. Handled Obama’s 2004 Senate race. “A” client list: consults for
Mayor Daley, Rep. Rahm Emanuel.
According to CBS Radio, he’s even more accomplished than that:
David Axelrod, Chicago-based Democratic Media Advisor/Strategist
for U.S. Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, Chicago Mayor
Richard M. Daley, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and
presidential campaign for Senator John Edwards.
It just seems to be too great of a coincidence that Obama, who
wasn’t backed by the kind of money Ryan and Hull had, ended up
benefiting from the misery of two men who appeared to have been set up;
one a democrat, the other a republican. Still, if you look at it from
one viewpoint, they both could have been considered his political
rivals. I have often voiced deep concerns about George Soros’ candidates
which include Hillary, Kerry and Obama. But it’s not like we haven’t
been aware of setups for scandal before.
There was a campaign the gay activists were putting together in order to crucify republicans in sex scandals, and we saw evidence of that with list that David Corn obtained in Washington regarding the Foley incident.
The scale was tipped on purpose.
In this piece from 2004,
when I was about a week-old as a blogger and was still on blogspot, I
wasn’t familiar with citing work, and using the blockquotes, and hadn’t
mastered blogging 101 yet. Here’s the passage that prompted the inquiry:
…..the Tribune finally admitted that it was Axelrod and
the Obama campaign that brought pressure on the press to demand the
unsealing of M. Blair Hull divorce records, which had had their contents
leaked to media outlets by the Obama campaign even earlier. The Obama
campaign also helped orchestrate a demonstration by women’s groups
demanding Hull’s withdrawal from the race. Coincidentally, this was the
same weekend Obama’s first commercials hit the airwaves. Interestingly
(or maybe not), the same exact thing happened to another of his
rivals–Jack Ryan. Certainly gives one pause.
Certainly does. It was WLS-Channel 7 TV and the Chicago Tribune
that filed suit to open Hull’s sealed divorce records. To be fair, the
Chicago Tribune exposed Jack Ryan’s past, too, so this was a case of
bipartisan snooping. Brent Bozell at the Media Research Center is right,
though; journalists don’t cover liberal political scandals in quite the
same way as conservative ones.
There’s not a whole lot else to
say about this except that we’re looking for validation and citing
beyond this blog; from the Tribune itself or some other source, into the
veracity of that claim. I don’t recall how I stumbled upon that, and
I’m sure that a lot of bloggers can relate to surfing the web, and not
saving something into favorites, and ending up somewhere, not being able
to retrace your steps.
From the Chicago Tribune:
In the Democratic primary, Obama found himself the overwhelming
beneficiary when the campaign of former securities trader Blair Hull
crashed in the aftermath of Hull’s release of court files from a messy
divorce. Though Obama has been a passive beneficiary of Ryan’s
latest problems, the Democrat’s campaign worked aggressively behind the
scenes to fuel controversy about Hull’s filings.
Memogate is an aberration you say ? Did not Clarence Page’s own Chicago Tribune and local Chicago newsman Chuck Goudie give unusually heavy coverage of the divorce records of Democrat Blair Hull and Republican Jack Ryan to the benefit of a previously invisible, underfunded, candidate with the slenderest of legistative records, named Barack Obama?
Was it accidental or a coincidence that the two opponents with the
financial resources to bury Mr. Obama in the primary or general
elections were relentlessly hammered on ” scandals” by the Trib while
the same paper ran multipage ” puff ” pieces on Saint Obama ? If we
searched the email database and phone records of senior editors at the
Tribune how many messages would we find from the staff of David Axelrod ? Who happened to slip Chuck Goudie an ( allegedly) anonymous letter detailing Mr. Ryan’s many year old attempt to bring the then Mrs. Jerri Ryan to a sex club ?
Did these two men do anything to deserve having their careers destroyed
by a local media that had placed themselves so obviously in Mr. Obama’s
corner that no Illinois politician dared to step into Mr. Ryan’s shoes ?
the rest of the mainstream media does not come out front and center
with strong ethics policies mandating nonpartisanship ( outside of the
op-ed. page) they will find the public regarding the CBS fiasco as merely the tip of a liberal iceberg.
If you have any further information that can shed more light on the
Tribune’s admission that Axelrod put pressure to open Blair Hull’s
divorce records, you can email me at caoilfhionn1 at gmail dot com.
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