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*** UPDATED x1 - WBEZ responds *** Rauner claims WBEZ canceled monthly show for political reasons

Tuesday, Dec 19, 2017

* Umm…

*** UPDATE *** From WBEZ President and CEO Goli Sheikholeslami…

“WBEZ and Governor Rauner’s team agreed that the ‘Ask the Governor’ segment would have a limited run and end by Labor Day, as it would not be fair to gubernatorial candidates of all parties to allow the governor an hour of airtime each month during the election campaign. WBEZ is committed to providing voters with fair coverage of all candidates, and we look forward to having Governor Rauner join us for our upcoming GOP primary candidate forum in 2018.”

I checked with a former Rauner staffer this evening and was told the very same thing. This was always a limited run show.

Also, nice little jab at the end. Rauner has refused to answer any questions about whether he will debate Rep. Jeanne Ives.

…Adding… Sfondeles

Rauner began appearing on “The Morning Shift” for a monthly segment which began on Feb. 10. He appeared six times, with his last show on Aug. 18. Listeners were able to call the studio with questions or post them on their Facebook page. The show’s host Tony Sarabia also asked the governor questions during the “Ask the Governor” segment, which usually lasted about 20 minutes.

A former staffer with knowledge of the deal said the governor’s office and WBEZ had agreed to do the segment for three months — with the option of continuing it. But there was an agreement that it could not carry into the campaign months, so as not give him an unfair advantage.

The staffer said it was both Rauner and First Lady Diana Rauner’s idea to do the segment — inspired by one conducted on a public radio station in Massachusetts. The Rauner administration had been in talks with WBEZ since fall of 2016.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Tipton - Tuesday, Dec 19, 17 @ 5:00 pm:

    Rauner sounds more like Rod Blagojevich every day.

  2. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Dec 19, 17 @ 5:01 pm:

    “… but the Strawberries… that’s where I knew I had them… “

  3. - AC - Tuesday, Dec 19, 17 @ 5:01 pm:

    Is public radio controlled by Madigan? /S

  4. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Dec 19, 17 @ 5:02 pm:

    Rauner could try WIND, have Proft ask him softball questions and…


    That’s still going on?


  5. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Dec 19, 17 @ 5:03 pm:

    Maybe they want someone in charge for that time slot?

  6. - Montrose - Tuesday, Dec 19, 17 @ 5:04 pm:

    If that is true, I will watch for his challenge to their tax exempt status since that would mean they are actively engaging in electoral politics.

  7. - Anon E. Moose - Tuesday, Dec 19, 17 @ 5:04 pm:

    He doesn’t answer questions. Why have a segment where you ask the Governor questions if he just won’t answer questions?

  8. - Quizzical - Tuesday, Dec 19, 17 @ 5:04 pm:

    Mike Madigan and the public radio stations he controls.

  9. - @misterjayem - Tuesday, Dec 19, 17 @ 5:10 pm:

    “Welcome to Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and the governor is not in charge.”

    – MrJM

  10. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Dec 19, 17 @ 5:11 pm:

    I wonder who I’ll believe, WBEZ or the biker cosplayer who lies constantly?

  11. - AC - Tuesday, Dec 19, 17 @ 5:14 pm:

    I wonder if the Governor watched his Bret Baier interview on Fox News wondering if they were controlled by Democrats as well.

  12. - @misterjayem - Tuesday, Dec 19, 17 @ 5:16 pm:

    “Some of the powers that be didn’t want me goin’ on there, it’s really more of a Democrat station.”

    The Tappet Brothers still got a lot of stroke down there.

    – MrJM

  13. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Dec 19, 17 @ 5:16 pm:



    Tell the Governor I’ll do that podcast show he pitched about doing, “We’re Not In Charge”…

    …and he can have top billing.

  14. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Dec 19, 17 @ 5:18 pm:

    Is someone advising the governor that his Chronic Victim act is a good look, or is he just doing this on his own?

  15. - Almost the Weekend - Tuesday, Dec 19, 17 @ 5:22 pm:

    That Madigan guy he’s tryin’ to beat me down, but my hard workin’ grandparents from Sweden who weren’t speakin’ English when they arrived at Ellis Island installed values in me I won’t be forgettin’. I’ll be workin’ for the hard workin Illinois tax payer and that’s why I’m runnin again. Ya’ll got that?

  16. - Former Downstater - Tuesday, Dec 19, 17 @ 5:29 pm:

    More Trumpian every day

  17. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Dec 19, 17 @ 5:30 pm:

    “You don’t tell your Gov’nor how to court the electorate. We ain’t one-at-a-timin’ here. We’re MASS communicating!”

  18. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Dec 19, 17 @ 5:37 pm:

    So an invited guest to a radio show has been disinvited because all he does is give his stump speech talking points. It gets a tiresome to hear the same nonsense over and over.

  19. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Dec 19, 17 @ 6:16 pm:

    === It was too successful in getting out his message===

    … says the guy polling 55% disapproval.

  20. - Anon221 - Tuesday, Dec 19, 17 @ 6:45 pm:

    All things considered, Rauner would not reveal any new sound opinions if he did a morning edition or led a discussion on this American life. He is out of fresh air, and his backstory is getting old. So for him to keep saying, “Ask me another,” is really not needed on the media.

  21. - cdog - Tuesday, Dec 19, 17 @ 6:46 pm:

    Pivot to Ives.

  22. - Generic Drone - Tuesday, Dec 19, 17 @ 8:04 pm:

    Rauner is dumber than a bag of hammers…..yessir a reallll braintrust.

  23. - Eddie Spaghetti - Tuesday, Dec 19, 17 @ 8:22 pm:

    Rauner remains a complete and utter disappointment. The depth of his self-embarrassment is astonishing. How did he ever succeed in business with such a self-pitying world view??

  24. - Honeybadger - Tuesday, Dec 19, 17 @ 8:27 pm:

    Governor Rauner is a crybaby

  25. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Dec 19, 17 @ 8:43 pm:

    I’d say the show can continue only if Charlie Wheeler can sit next to the Governor and fact-check him live in real time.

    Seriously, if this guy didn’t have millions of dollars, would *anybody* be giving him the time of day now?

  26. - Anon E. Moose - Tuesday, Dec 19, 17 @ 8:48 pm:

    Surely Rauner will apologize for this lie?

  27. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Dec 19, 17 @ 8:51 pm:

    To the update…

    First this…

    ===”Some of the powers that be didn’t want me goin’ on there, it’s really more of a Democrat station.”===

    Then this…

    ===as it would not be fair to gubernatorial candidates of all parties to allow the governor an hour of airtime each month during the election campaign.===


    Rauner blatently wants unfair advantages, and when he can’t get those advantages (editorial boards, more spending on paid media… ) it’s slways a… wait for it… “Democrat”… that’s right, “Democrat” conspiracy.

    It’s never about the messaging, its about owning all the messaging.

  28. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Dec 19, 17 @ 8:53 pm:

    “…and during our NPR fundraiser, WBEZ will keep “ask the Governor” on hiatus, if we can get 100 new Pledges in the next ho…. what? What’s that? Hit our goal already? …Um, that’s 200 new pledges, and we’ll keep Governor Rauner off our air for another week!”

  29. - Sigh - Tuesday, Dec 19, 17 @ 10:39 pm:

    This 2015 HuffPost article might be helpful:
    10 Ways to Stop Feeling Like a Victim Once and for All

  30. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Dec 19, 17 @ 10:50 pm:

    ===10 Ways to Stop Feeling Like a Victim Once and for All===

    1. Stop blaming others

    Blaming others may provide temporary relief from our pain, but in the long run, it will lead to feelings of powerlessness and hopelessness.

    Here is a quick tip to help you counteract the tendency to blame others. Looking at yourself in the mirror, ask yourself (regardless of how you feel):

    What is my role in this situation?

    In most cases, you’ll see that you have the power to choose your response. Will you let go or hold a grudge? Will you be hopeful or helpless?

  31. - Gettysburgaddress - Tuesday, Dec 19, 17 @ 11:09 pm:

  32. - Gettysburgaddress - Tuesday, Dec 19, 17 @ 11:11 pm:

    1. They don’t take responsibility
    This is a classic sign of victim behavior. A victim has trouble accepting they contributed to a problem and accepting responsibility for the circumstance that they are in. Instead, they point the finger, or simply ignore their role in perpetuating the problem. They are not overtly saying “I’m a victim”, but instead indirectly sending the message that they’re a martyr.

  33. - Moe Berg - Tuesday, Dec 19, 17 @ 11:30 pm:

    Rich and Gettysburgaddress: great timing. Trib has a piece up about Rauner’s editorial board visit in which he blames Rahm Emanuel and Michael Sacks for his failures.

    Sacks offers advice consistent with your posts: “That’s sad,” Sacks said. “Bruce needs to stop blaming others for his failure, take a long look in the mirror and figure out how to do a better job.”

  34. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Dec 19, 17 @ 11:34 pm:


    3. They hold onto grudges

    The victim likes to hang onto old grievances. They carry these around like weapons, just in case anyone ever tries to hold them accountable for something. A victim will bring up old memories and events in which they were probably legitimately hurt, but they use them as reasons why they can’t make changes to their attitude, their life, or their circumstances in the present. These hurts and grudges underpin the victim’s hobbled life. .

    What’s the remedy here? This one is pretty simple. Let those grudges go! The victim needs to see that keeping grudges is only holding them down, and not doing anything to help anyone else either- although the victim may not believe this. The victim needs to recognize that freeing others of blame is actually returning all power and self-control back to the victim, so guess what? That means they no longer have to be the victim! […]

    8. They get into arguments easily

    The victim has trouble choosing their battles. To them, every battle is a war. To them, they are under attack all the time.

    What’s the remedy here? The victim needs to realize that a difference of opinion, or a criticism is not necessarily about them. It could very well be about the other person. The victim must recognize they have a choice over whether they allow themselves to uncritically enter into petty arguments. […]

    13. They think they are perfect

    Ironically, when there is a chance that a victim could be caught in an error, they suddenly become perfect. This arrogance and narcissism closes the victim off from having truly trustworthy and cooperative relationships.

    What’s the remedy here? They need to remove the word ‘perfect’ from their vocabulary, and accept that they are human and are not perfect. In fact, the victim needs to realize that the more they own their mistakes and failings, the more others will gravitate towards them.

  35. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 2:23 am:

    What’s wrong with Rauner? Besides a problematic, uneventful, lack luster term, doing more harm to Illinoisans from Chicago to Cairo.

    Now this? Really?

  36. - DuPage Saint - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 8:14 am:

    Rauner did not lie. It was canceled for political reasons; the primary season. He just doesn’t remember that.

  37. - pawn - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 8:14 am:

    I really do not understand why he persists in lying about things big and small. So many stupid lies… So many stupid lies that are easily proved to be stupid lies. It’s so insulting to our intelligence. And now the real question — how can anyone of integrity work for him?

  38. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 9:05 am:

    ===The staffer said it was both Rauner and First Lady Diana Rauner’s idea to do the segment — inspired by one conducted on a public radio station in Massachusetts.===

    Some of the best comedy ever written, was never written at all, it was just observing real life.

    That Diana Rauner, lol.

    Sounds like this was before the purge, and continued after the fiasco that was IPI messaging. That’s fun.

  39. - Skeptic - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 9:11 am:

    Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me….Because Madigan (banned punctuation.)

  40. - Baloneymous - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 9:18 am:


    Biggest Victim In America

  41. - @misterjayem - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 9:44 am:

    Cowboy dress-up,
    Pitching a fit,
    Unconvincing lies,
    Blaming others,
    Another fit,
    More gratuitous and silly lies.

    The biggest difference between Gov. Bruce Rauner and a three-year old?

    After three years, only one of them matures into a six-year old.

    – MrJM

  42. - JS Mill - Wednesday, Dec 20, 17 @ 12:05 pm:

    Cowboy dress-up,
    Pitching a fit,
    Unconvincing lies,
    Blaming others,
    Another fit,
    More gratuitous and silly lies.

    The biggest difference between Gov. Bruce Rauner and a three-year old?

    After three years, only one of them matures into a six-year old.

    – MrJM====

    Seals the deal for me. Best commenter of the year. Priceless…

  43. - Rabid - Thursday, Dec 21, 17 @ 7:53 am:

    Rauner’s measuring stick for success, go away

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