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Opening Arguments

Perks of the job

Sometimes when I get mired in the relatively boring politics of northeast Indiana, I miss the gleeful graft and corruption practiced routinely in The Region. The latest case is from East Chicago, where Mayor George Pabey is accused of getting a little extra out of city employees:

The charges came after an investigation that lasted more than an year into work done on a house Pabey bought with his daughter in 2007, located at 8530 Locust Ave. in Gary's Miller neighborhood. Federal officials claim Camacho told five East Chicago employees to work on Pabey's home, including pour cement and paint the inside, up through August 2008. The employees allegedly used city property, too, including cell phones and a cement truck.

No fancy computer fraud, no elaborate schemes to hide massive sums of money, just good, old-fashioned "get city employees to fix up my house" petty larceny. And the best part:

Pabey came into office six years ago, promising to end the corruption that plagued former Mayor Robert Pastrick's time in office. Multiple indictments were filed against Pastrick's allies.

Can't wait to see what the next reform candidate comes up with.


tim zank
Fri, 02/05/2010 - 10:44am

Wow, no mention of his party affiliation in the article. Gosh, I wonder why??

Leo Morris
Fri, 02/05/2010 - 11:27am

Probably because it's been so long since a Republican held office there that the writer felt no need to state the obvious.

Kevin Knuth
Fri, 02/05/2010 - 11:39am

And party affiliation matters? Tim are you implying that ALL Democrats are crooks? Do you really want to go down that path?

Leo Morris
Fri, 02/05/2010 - 12:20pm

No, Kevin, I think he meant that the media are very careful about putting in party affiliation when a Republican strays, but not so much when it's a Democrat.

Kevin Knuth
Fri, 02/05/2010 - 12:30pm

Hmmm...not my impression from watching FOX news. Severald documented cases of them reporting on "bad" Republicans...but they identify them as Democrats!



Bob G.
Fri, 02/05/2010 - 12:39pm

It's just "The Chicago Way"...!

tim zank
Fri, 02/05/2010 - 8:35pm

Kevin, Leo was correct. I was in fact referring to the common practice of most MSM print journalists simply omitting the party affiliation when it's a dem in trouble, as opposed to making it a focal point of the story when it's a repub. It's a rather standard practice.

The 2 examples you cite, are not intentional and willfull actions by the reporter to sway the stories, but rather innoucuous mistakes made by video production staff. Pretty common occurrence on CNN, MSNBC, FOX and all the the news channels.

By the way folks, Kevin doesn't really watch Fox News, he just "googled" Fox News Mistakes" and both of those examples popped up.

Kevin Knuth
Sat, 02/06/2010 - 6:11am


Please show me "common" mistakes in mis-identifying parties done by other channels...I would like to review them!