It seems that Rupert Murdoch took a page out of the Jonah Edelman playbook. He took out advertisements in various papers the other day and said, “I’m sorry.”
Will that save him. It mght.
It seems to have worked for Stand for Children’s Jonah Edelman, who sent an apology to the readers of this blog last week.
In spite of the fact that IEA union leaders claim Edelman’s video was all a lie, I’m not so sure.
Take this excerpt.
So our analysis was he’s still going to be in power, and as such the raw politics were that we should tilt toward him, and so we interviewed 36 candidates in targeted races. … I’m being quite blunt here. The individual candidates were essentially a vehicle to execute a political objective, which was to tilt toward Madigan. The press never picked up on it. We endorsed nine individuals – and six of them were Democrats, three Republicans – and tilted our money toward Madigan, who was expecting because of Bruce Rauner’s leadership … that all our money was going to go to Republicans. That was really an show of – indication to him that we could be a new partner to take the place of the Illinois Federation of Teachers. That was the point. Luckily, it never got covered that way. That wouldn’t have worked well in Illinois – Madigan is not particularly well liked. And it did work. (My emphasis)
Was this illegal pay-to-play? It sounds almost Blagovian.
Could have been. It doesn’t appear we will ever know. Except for a one article in the Sun-Times and one in the Trib, the media has been remarkably silent on the Edelman episode. Nobody seems interested in a follow-up.
All you have to do is say, “I’m sorry.”