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23

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Coverage of Munger and Mendoza Represents Classic Media Double Standard

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The Illinois Comptroller’s race is heating up, and so is the media circus surrounding its coverage. Incumbent Leslie Geissler Munger (R) and her opponent, Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza (D), used speeches at the State Fair to exchange barbs with one another. Munger said of her opponent:

“My opponent spent her entire adult life on the city of Chicago and state of Illinois payrolls. […] She’s used the Chicago machine to jump from office to office, and now she wants to use them again, because she cannot run on her record. […] She has voted for every one of Speaker Madigan’s unbalanced budgets. She’s voted for every tax increase, every pension holiday and all of the borrowing that (has) created the mess that we are in today. She calls Speaker Madigan her mentor.[…]”

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Aug
22

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You Call That a Protest? Volume 2: Chicago Sun-Times Features 9-Student Protest of CPS Layoffs

A small group of Chicago Public Schools students gathered in front of the Thompson Center on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, to protest the firings of several CPS teachers and staff.

Continuing a theme of Illinois media outlets covering protests by the approximate number of people who could fit into a phone booth at the same time, comes this: Apparently, some CPS students are unhappy about the layoffs happening in the Chicago Public Schools system.  Just look at all of ’em…

A small group of Chicago Public Schools students gathered in front of the Thompson Center on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, to protest the firings of several CPS teachers and staff.

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Aug
19

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Media Steers Clear of Highlighting Gov. Rauner’s Charitable Contribution

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Governor Bruce Rauner, along with his wife and a group called Friends of the Exhibitor, delivered the winning bid for a prized steer at the Illinois State Fair. The final bid came in at $104,000, beating the previous record of $100,000. This is good news for the charities that benefit from the auction: 4-H clubs and the Illinois Future Farmers of America.

But the Governor’s good deed was tucked away in the middle of a disjointed article by the Chicago Tribune that focused more on his deep pockets than his charitable contribution. The article opens with the following:

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Aug
18

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Greg Hinz’s Unequal Coverage of Term Limits and Automatic Voter Registration

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Greg Hinz of Crain’s Chicago Business recently wrote two separate articles addressing public policy issues: one about term limits and the other about Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of an automatic voter registration bill. His drastically different coverage of these two topics is instructive, and it shows that the media—or at the very least, Hinz—has no interest in giving fair coverage to the issue of term limits, a topic Gov. Rauner is advocating and one voters overwhelmingly support.

In his opening paragraph for the article on term limits, Hinz writes:

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Aug
17

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Reboot Illinois/PolitiFact Illinois Release Misleading Fact-Check on Rauner and Trump

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Reboot Illinois, in partnership with PolitiFacthas published a new fact-check and done what “elite” fact-checkers seem to do best: ignore context surrounding a statement and produce a piece that is sure to mislead readers who simply read the headline, view the “truth-o-meter,” or skim the article without digging deeper into the story.

The most recent fact-check addresses a statement by House Speaker Mike Madigan that declared Governor Bruce Rauner “will fully support the Trump candidacy.” A glance at the “truth-o-meter,” PolitiFact’s gimmicky method of gauging the accuracy of statements, rates this statement as “mostly true,” stating, “A mostly accurate portrait of Rauner’s Trump support.”

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