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Bailey: “Get away from the TV, get away from these news sources that won’t report the truth”

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2022 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Darren Bailey held up a copy of the Sun-Times front page today during his daily Facebook live video and said

Last night at Washington Park, nine were shot on a drive-by shooting. Two were killed. The victims range from 19 to 46. Why isn’t that the headline? Why aren’t the press reporting on the failures of JB Pritzker, Lori Lightfoot and Kim Foxx? I think that it’s appalling that, uh, they’re not, you know, last night, just within minutes after one of these massive shootings, Lori Lightfoot tweeted that, Hey, Darren Bailey, welcome to Chicago, leave your woke ideas and, and thank you for your, your tax money. Why isn’t that the headline? I think we should demand more out of our press. I think we should demand more out of the people that are reporting this. And if they won’t do it, then boycott ‘em. Push ‘em to the side. Get away from the TV, get away from these news sources that won’t report the truth because these need to be the headlines.

This may be a nitpick, but any time someone uses the word “truth,” I cringe. Truth is from a deity. Facts are from humans.

* From the Sun-Times

2 killed, 7 others wounded by gunfire in Washington Park: ‘It’s another tragic incident’

At least nine people were shot, two of them fatally, when gunfire erupted Tuesday night during a pickup softball game at Washington Park on the South Side.

An argument broke out between two groups and escalated into an exchange of gunfire around 7:45 p.m. at 5531 S. King Drive, Deputy Chief Fred Melean said during a news conference at the nearby University of Chicago Medical Center.

Yes, it wasn’t the paper’s main front page headline, but it was covered by every major news outlet in Chicago.

Curious whether he’ll still attend the debates, since they’ll be hosted by a TV news outlet.

…Adding… This is what Lightfoot actually tweeted…

…Adding… Bailey campaign’s retort…


  1. - Dotnonymous - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 10:44 am:

    Do not pay attention to the man behind the curtain.

  2. - Amalia - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 10:45 am:

    yeah, I saw that on multiple tv news shows last night. every death is important. How about Bailey does something about the wave of guns in the hands of criminals?

  3. - Roman - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 10:47 am:

    Saying that the Chicago media doesn’t cover crime is like saying Budweiser doesn’t brew enough beer.

  4. - vern - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 10:49 am:

    If Republicans wonder why their voters are so susceptible to meddling in their primaries, this is the explanation. Instead of encouraging media literacy and rational skepticism, they insist that the only media anyone should trust is whatever confirms their priors.

  5. - The Captain - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 10:52 am:

    I’ll concede Bailey this, if that shooting had happened in Lincoln Park instead of on the south side it probably is front page news. He’s not right about everything, but he is right that our local media has a significant geography bias on which crimes rise to the highest levels of unacceptable.

  6. - Cubs in '16 - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 11:01 am:

    Says the guy who uses Facebook to disseminate information.

  7. - Laura - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 11:03 am:

    Bailey’s strategy is to crush JB downstate and win enough in Cook and the collars to pull off a miracle. Moving into Chicago is a part of that strategy. JB had to know this when he put his thumb on the scale for Bailey in the June Primary. Bailey might not win the Governor’s race but he could erase Democratic Legislative Super-Majorities by impacting Republican turnout downstate. Is this enough for national Republican donors to keep the donations flowing?

  8. - TheInvisibleMan - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 11:05 am:

    I can’t help but see Bailey through the lens of the dynamics of an abusive relationship.

    He’s at the part where he is trying to cut his partner off from unapproved information/friends, and demanding a single flow of information/communication.

    All ‘truth’ going forward will only come from him/his social media page.

  9. - Don't Bloc Me In - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 11:06 am:

    Odd that while Bailey is ranting about media not telling the truth, he deliberately falsified what Lori Lightfoot tweeted.

  10. - Arsenal - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 11:08 am:

    ==Bailey’s strategy is to crush JB downstate and win enough in Cook and the collars to pull off a miracle. Moving into Chicago is a part of that strategy. ==

    This reminds me of Apocalypse Now.

    “Are my methods unsound?”
    “I don’t see any method at all, sir.”

    Bailey doesn’t have a strategy, he’s just popping off. Renting in Chicago is logistically helpful and no doubt fun, too. But it’s not actually going to help him win.

    == Is this enough for national Republican donors to keep the donations flowing? ==

    “Keep”? They’d have to start, first.

  11. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 11:09 am:

    ===JB had to know this when he put his thumb on the scale for Bailey in the June Primary.===

    Yeah, I’m gonna stop the dorm room thinking right here.

    There was no thumb. With 56+% of GOP voters supporting Bailey in a 6-way race… please stop with that silly.

    To the “rest”?

    You see any state reps or state senate GOPers really wanting to be seen with Bailey in any large plan?

    The minority of a very minority party nominated, *they* nominated a candidate that is possibly unacceptable.

    To the post,

    Indeed, “Mr. Facebook Live”, the Apostle Darren Bailey wants folks watching his version of the “”700 Club” not the 10 o’clock news.

    Alternative facts can’t have competition

  12. - Concerned Observer - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 11:10 am:

    You know, at the risk of giving the Bailey campaign any good ideas…

    …if he’d then said “You know why that shooting isn’t front page news? Because it’s so common in Chicago, it happens so often, that it doesn’t sell papers anymore. It’s accepted. Well, I don’t accept it. Shootings like these are horrible tragedies and I want to know JB Pritzker’s plan to stop them, and Mayor Lightfoot’s plan, because whatever they’re not doing now isn’t working. ”

    …well, that might have made more of a dent than one petulant little press pop.

  13. - Techie - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 11:20 am:

    @Oswego Willy

    “With 56+% of GOP voters supporting Bailey in a 6-way race…”

    Sure, Bailey likely would have won without JB’s support; he clearly represents his party. But let’s not pretend that JB didn’t spend money to ensure that he won.

  14. - Annonin' - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 11:21 am:

    Guessing Bailey may not be aware of this thing called the 10 o’clock news which generally ledes with crime stuff — if it bleeds it leads — in Broadcast News 101 and has been for decades. Maybe his “rental” did not come with a TV? His problem is that this will give those suburban voters close up pictures and confirm that while a wealthy farmer he is a dope.

  15. - Streator Curmudgeon - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 11:24 am:

    When politicians like everything that comes out of a news source, it’s called Pravda.

    The old “enemy of the state” routine may resonate with the base, but independents aren’t buying it.

  16. - Rudy’s teeth - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 11:26 am:

    As the candidate immerses himself in the culture of Chicago, who will catch a photo of Darren Bailey in the Viagra Triangle?

  17. - Alice Childress - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 11:28 am:


    He may “win” downstate, but this isn’t an electoral state election. JB will still numerous downstate votes.


    You’re not wrong. It’s a callousness as well, due the number of West/Southside criminal activity. It’s sad for sure.

  18. - Dotnonymous - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 11:30 am:

    I, alone…leads to tyranny and terrorism.

  19. - AFSCME Steward - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 11:31 am:

    Hey Beetle, if you want the true news covered, why not ask this question. GOP talking points claim that Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. Pritzker, Lightfoot, Foxx and the rest of the Dems are responsible for the Chicago hell hole. I do not know of any major gun factories in Chicago. Beetle, demand the truth on all of the issue, not just the part you pound over & over for political gain. Why are you not concerned with these questions: where did the guns come from & how did they get here?

  20. - Vote Quimby - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 11:38 am:

    So can I assume the campaign is paying for his “residence”?

    Nice retort by the Mayor.

  21. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 11:38 am:

    ===Sure, Bailey likely would have===

    … then the rest is dorm room silly.

    That’s it.

    Bailey *is* the ILGOP.

    I don’t identify with Bailey, Trump, or of that ilk where 56%+… when reinforced by amplifying who Bailey is…


    Pritzker did nothing to sway away from where the ILGOP is, or was during this primary.

    This silly game needs to end.

    Voters need to decide if this ILGOP is them or not, and not in a cultists way of allegiance

  22. - Alice Childress - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 11:45 am:

    Chicago’s “gun problem” is spelled “Indiana.”

    Oh and in addition to folks attitudes toward other humans and and and and and…his rhetoric is exhausting. Downstate gun crime occurs often; he may wanna contact SPI/Decatur/Champaign police.

  23. - Huh? - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 12:00 pm:

    “Just remember: what you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.”

  24. - Blake - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 12:00 pm:

    Concerned Observer has what could be a useful line for Bailey. He could even make statements claiming inadequate enforcement of existing gun laws.

  25. - From DaZoo - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 12:06 pm:

    Talk about cherry picking, “not a headline”. At least one TV station news show brought it up at least three times within 45 minutes. In other words, it was the major item reported last night. I imagine the same for the other media outlets. As late as it was in the day, it would be hard to have it in print for the first edition the next morning.

  26. - Arsenal - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 12:08 pm:

    ==Chicago’s “gun problem” is spelled “Indiana.” ==

    Sure, but for whatever reason, the electorate just doesn’t connect “crime” up to “guns”. Those are scanned as separate issues. I’d be interested to see some candidate try to bridge that gap, but I’m dubious that it would work.

  27. - Pundent - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 12:22 pm:

    Bailey wants the media to make the case for his candidacy. And part of that is due to his significant funding disadvantage. But that’s not how it works. And for Bailey it seems that the only earned media he’s able to get comes from saying or doing dumb things. And thing about falling into that trap is that it becomes the story that media ends up covering while overshadowing everything. And it was all fairly predictable once he won the primary.

  28. - Blue Dog - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 12:27 pm:

    Darren. It’s not headline news. Why? Thru June Chicago averaged 1.87 homicides and 6.97 shooting per day.

  29. - ArchPundit - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 12:33 pm:

    ===But let’s not pretend that JB didn’t spend money to ensure that he won.

    By pointing out he was very conservative. JB didn’t lie, he just amplified Bailey’s message.

  30. - Ron Burgundy - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 12:36 pm:

    -Last night at Washington Park, nine were shot on a drive-by shooting. Two were killed. The victims range from 19 to 46. Why isn’t that the headline?-

    The shooting occurred at 7:45 pm. Maybe Bailey can wander over to the Sun-Times and they could explain to him how their go-to-print process works, including things like press times and when the front page has to be set.

  31. - XonXoff - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 12:43 pm:

    I cringed when her original tweet dropped. And I would have hit back, too. But hey, it is Chicago and he wanted to kick them out of the state. That may have left a mark. A luke-warm Chicago welcome and bloody nose or two isn’t all that unexpected.

  32. - Cermak - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 12:44 pm:

    Darren Bailey is an idiot but is he really wrong about this stuff?

    It’s easy for the Mayor to send the harsh tweet, pat herself on the back repeatedly for welcoming the migrants from Texas, etc., but she sticks with the same Police Supe against all logic.

    Is he wrong to point out her ineffectiveness on this topic?

  33. - Jerry - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 12:47 pm:

    Mayor Lightfoot should not have sent that tweet.

  34. - Pundent - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 12:53 pm:

    Bailey has a view of Chicago that isn’t widely shared or embraced outside of his base supporters. It remains after all a globally recognized business and tourist destination. Certainly he’s taken note of that when he looks out his JHT window on the weekend.

    His strategy, such as it is, is to frighten the rest of us into voting for him. He’s stymied not by the media but the lack of any plan and the fact that crime is a problem throughout the country and there are any number of red states and cities that also aren’t fairing particularly well. Failing to recognize this creates the deserved criticism that this is nothing more than a blatant racist ploy. A lot of people in and around the City of Chicago get this even if Bailey and his supporters won’t acknowledge it.

  35. - Arsenal - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 1:17 pm:

    ==It’s not headline news. Why?==

    Mostly because of print deadlines. The shooting was certainly covered in the nightly newscasts.

  36. - SaulGoodman - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 1:18 pm:

    * Bailey might not win the Governor’s race but he could erase Democratic Legislative Super-Majorities by impacting Republican turnout downstate.*

    Ah, yes, all those flippable downstate Democratic-held districts.

  37. - Cool Papa Bell - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 1:33 pm:

    =Sure, Bailey likely would have won without JB’s support; he clearly represents his party. But let’s not pretend that JB didn’t spend money to ensure that he won.=

    You can run your sprinklers in a rain storm but the grass is still gonna grow without them.

  38. - Rudy’s teeth - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 1:56 pm:

    Read in another post about high prices for hotel rooms in Chicago this week and weekend. Reasons—two music fests with thousands of visitors expected, the International Manufacturers Convention at McCormick Place, both baseball teams at home, and a Chicago Fire game at Soldier Field.

    Many folks may disagree with Darren Bailey’s depiction of the city.

  39. - Almost the Weekend - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 2:58 pm:

    Instead of blaming Pritzker, Lori or Bailey,

    Can someone ask the organization how they let these two parties leave so disgruntled after a softball game, and leave at the same time? This violence seems completely avoidable and could have been resolved without violence.

  40. - btowntruth from forgottonia - Wednesday, Sep 14, 22 @ 4:07 pm:

    “I think we should demand more out of our press.”

    I agree with the sentiment.
    But I think what his “more” is and what my “more” is are two different things.

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