A Chicago radio station is pulling the plug on former Gov. Rod Blagojevich - at least for now.
Officials with WLS-AM say they’re putting Blagojevich’s Sunday radio show on hiatus until after the Chicago Democrat’s federal corruption trial. WLS says it’s making the move out of respect for the legal process and it will re-evaluate the show’s status after the trial.
WLS has respect for the legal process? Huh. Could’ve fooled me. They let an obvious criminal take over their airwaves every week and spew his nonsense, then fawned all over him on other programs.
Until they lost their freaking minds over there, I would always gladly agree to appear on that station whenever they asked. I grew up listening to WLS. For a kid living in the country, the station seemed at times like my own personal lifeline to the outside world. I was actually giddy the first time I met Bob Sirott and John “Records” Landecker. I wanted so badly to be in radio back then so I could be like those two guys. Now, I’m embarrassed for them.
* No sympathy…
A federal judge in Chicago has turned down a last-minute request from former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s attorneys to delay his corruption trial.
In a motion filed Tuesday, Blagojevich’s lawyers say they haven’t had time to prepare.
Maybe they would’ve been better prepared if their client hadn’t been gallivanting all over the country with his clown show.
* Half true…
Rod Blagojevich thought he was elected by the people. He believed, and still believes, it was an adoring and fawning electorate who put him in office as their beloved king. He tells anyone who will listen that their governor was stolen from his loving people.
He never got it. He was a pawn. A dupe. A front. All dressed up as a populist reformer by the boys. For a student of history, Rod Blagojevich is pretty ignorant. He either chose to ignore, or forgot, the Cook County Democratic Party- the boys who elected him to office- was modeled after the Mob. Anton Cermak modeled his monolithic bloc based on the structure of the Capone syndicate.
One of the patterns the mob was known for was using honest appearing front men to run some of their “legitimate” operations. The front man was supposed to do what he was told and keep his mouth shut. Blagojevich ignored that part of the equation.
It’s true that politics here is based on the Outfit structure. What’s not true is that, after leaving Congress, Rod Blagojevich was ever considered a front man for the bad guys. He was the bad guy. He barely spoke to anyone else in power. He tucked himself into a tight little coccoon of criminal sycophants and hatched his goofy plots. And, believe, me, the man had plenty of goofy plots.
* The G continues to leak its trial strategy. No Rezko unless he’s absolutely needed…
Sources with knowledge of the government’s case say prosecutors think Rezko is too risky to put on the stand. Rezko will only take the stand, they say, if the case takes a turn and prosecutors think his testimony is needed.
The sources say prosecutors fear Rezko brings with him much baggage of his own wrongdoing and that he’ll “go off the reservation,” in testimony. His presence as an Obama fund-raiser — and onetime neighbor — may also create a distraction, they say.
Most notably, however, Rezko has publicly disparaged the prosecution.
In 2008, Rezko wrote his then-trial judge, U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve, to tell her he was being pressured to lie about Blagojevich and then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama.
“They are pressuring me to tell them the ‘wrong’ things that I supposedly know about Gov. Blagojevich and Sen. Obama,” he wrote. “I have never been party to any wrongdoing that involved the governor or the senator. I will never fabricate lies about anyone else for selfish purposes.”
At the time Rezko wrote the letter, he had never submitted to an interview by the feds nor had he proffered a statement to them. Such a letter can be overcome by the prosecution, but it’s still fodder for the defense and distracts jurors, said defense lawyer and former federal prosecutor Dean Polales.
* Blagojevich planning to challenge charges on witness stand
* A huddle on the eve of Blago’s trial
* Blagojevich’s bravado continues before trial
* Thoughts prior to the curtain going up on the Blago trial
* News media makes plea to Blagojevich judge to reveal juror names
* Media seek juror IDs in Blagojevich trial
* News organizations seek Blagojevich juror names
* Blagojevich defense promises to be anything but bland
* The reinvention of Rod Blagojevich
* The Blago blitz
* Not hard to feel sympathy for Blago’s brother
* Wiretap tapes key as Blagojevich goes on trial
* Blagojevich Bets That Wiretap Playing Will Lead to Acquittal