Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Were there Vi Daley "Plants" on WBEZ's 848 Aldermanic Forum?

I e-mailed the people at Steve Edward's 848 to ask how they chose the citizens that appeared in in the WBEZ intro segment to the 43rd Ward Aldermanic Forum.

The comments-section erupted on this blog after the forum(here). Some folks thought the featured citizens were "plants" by Vi Daley's campaign. 848's producer, Aurora Aguilar, was kind enough to respond promptly. She wrote,
"(We) chose those interviewed simply by walking the streets of Lincoln Park and Old Town and asking random residents and business owners whether they would allow us to record their comments. The goal was to capture a variety of perspectives. I'm sorry if any of your readers felt there was a bias. Feel free to encourage them or anyone you know who might have comments or concerns about the forum to write to us at aaguilar (at) chicagopublicradio (dot) org."
Finally, if you missed the WBEZ forum, the audio is now available for download at 848's website, here.

Sincere thanks again to Aurora for the prompt response.


Anonymous said...

Considering that the 43rd ward has a population of 60,000, it defies credibility that activist Old Town Shirley was selected at random.

Anonymous said...

That's very true. Maybe the tin foil cap you are wearing is keeping the lie radiation away from you and not us. I'll have to go online and buy one.

Anonymous said...

I am not sure if the people selected were Vi's people, but they did sound very pro Vi. Now my question is with recent attacks to the candidates that are running against her, doesn't it seem that Vi might be in over her head? I mean the first election she ran unaposed and I have heard some rumblings from people on my street and businesses that Vi's people have made threats about sanctions or sitations if they do not show support for Vi. It could or could not be true, but I am so tired of the political game of ripping apart your opponents and intimidating the voters.

Anonymous said...

Can somebody do me a favor...

Please show me who and when Michele Smith convicted or tried anybody as an attorney.

I try to look and find information after all she has tried some many cases and convicted hundreds of criminals, I cannot find anything.

Please. and Thank you.

poll dancer said...

Check with the Chicago Sun-Times, who endorsed her. They do fact-check candidate questionnaires.

Contact either Anton Valukas, Former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, now at Jenner & Block; or Scott Lassar, Former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; both have endorsed Smith.

Of course, if you're just bad mouthing the only serious alternative to Vi...see you tomorrow!

You're welcome.

Anonymous said...

Michele Smith is not a viable or serious alternative to Vi. Only reason you or anybody could say that is because the only one being dirty and attacking her.

Michele Smith is bought by Marty Oberman.

Vi Daley is in the pocket of this City Council

Looks like to me your going to trade one person who doesn't do anything for somebody who won't be able to get anything done.

Michele Smith and her angry views are like a cancer that I do not want spread into my ward.

Anonymous said...

Wow, starting to sound like an anti-semitic rant. Do you feel the same way about Rachel Goodstein?

Anonymous said...

How is that anti-semitic?

Yes I do like Rachel Goodstein. She is not a cancer.

Anonymous said...

stop it -all of you. this is an honest blogsite being co-opted by antics of "professionals."
Whether or intended, this is damaging beyond
a contest.

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much anon.

From your message, you have helped me make up my decision. I am tired of all the arguing from the Vi camp and Smith camp and others.

My vote will be for Tim Egan, he is the only one that i have recieved strictly positive messages.

Anon. I hope the comments made by previous people offended you in any manner. Those individuals are way out of line with their comments.

Everyone have a great day!!!

Anonymous said...

Tim Egan is a bonehead.

Anonymous said...


because he isn't bashing vi daley or michele smith, and he is the only one that seems rational and positive about a great ward that we live in, and will only make it better in the future.

Anonymous said...


sorry i am not a fan of negative campaigning and that is all michele smith has done the entire time.

Jennifer said...

I just want to mention that I do monitor the comments here, and I have little tolerance for anti-Semitism or any other bigoted anti-ism. So far as I can tell, everything posted on the site seems to be within reasonable boundaries of pre-election banter.

I don't see evidence of anti-Semitism here. Please e-mail me at ThePlaceWhereWeLive (at) gmail (dot) com if you think I've overlooked it.

And, to Anonymous 10:48, thanks for sticking up for the blog. That was really nice of you.