Thursday, October 25, 2007

Blogs Hammer Mainstream Media

The bloggers over at The Chicagoist did the unthinkable:
  • Chicagoist just got off the phone with Gregory P. Longhini, assistant secretary of the Chicago Transit Board, who wanted to give us the CTA's version of the rumor about CTA board member Rev. Charles E. Robinson's visit to Miranda Smith, the CTA employee accused of identity theft.

    "He went over [to the police station] at the request of her grandmother," Longhini says, adding that Robinson is Smith's grandmother's pastor. "It is common for a minister to be asked to help someone in jail. Is it common for someone to flash a CTA [board] ID? No. But he goes to the station all the time in his role as a minister." Longhini says that Robinson had "no idea" that Smith's arrest had anything to do with her employment at the CTA, and that when Robinson found out, he left the station. Longhini says he thinks Robinson "referred" Smith to the CTA to help her get a job, but that she went through the same hiring process as anyone else.

They picked up a damn phone and actually called someone who had answers to the rumors posted here almost a week ago! So that kind of blows Trib reporter Angela Rozas' reputation as a "crime reporter" out of the water as she couldn't be bothered make a few phone calls like the Chicagoist did and verify this story.

And as a side note, guess who Longhini decides to blame?
  • The story started picking up steam on Second City Cop, and Longhini says he read the post over there after someone mentioned it to him. "I found that racist blog. It's horrible .... That blog is disgusting — seeing who they linked to — I turned the damn thing off." He added that anyone who wants to tell a scandalous story should "come out and say their name."
The readers of The Chicagoist (a left leaning site) come to SCC's defense in their comments section against these unfounded accusations of racism and efforts to divert attention away from the "reverend's" politically motivated big-footing around the entire episode. Nice to see that people on both sides of the political spectrum are seeing this episodes as part and parcel of the corrupt Machine politics ruining Chicago.

Now, how about that other phone call? The one from the "golden boy?"

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34 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

People in this city get pissed when one reveals the truth. One day, it's going to come back to these people twofold. They must not have mirrors in their homes.

Keep up the good work, SCC

10/24/2007 11:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Chicagoist:
you see, we're not all crazy extremists over at SCC, as Agent Mulder once said, the truth is out there. Don't drink all the Kool Aid and remember, the number one tenent of the left (when the left was cool) was "Question Averything!"
CU Sat. Nite @ da LC $ ur mad spindage!

10/24/2007 11:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Miranda Smith, the CTA employee accused of identity theft.
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I like how her name is "Miranda"...

10/24/2007 11:56:00 PM  
Anonymous imanidiot said...

who's "golden boy"?

10/24/2007 11:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awaiting my DD (doctor of Divinity) to come in the mail. SO I can get promoted.

10/25/2007 12:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kudos again, SCC. Not only did you scoop the major newspapers, but you in turn got a leftist blog to actually side with you on an issue. Incredible!!! Keep up the good work.

10/25/2007 12:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Longhini is a damn liar. I work in Area 4 and was there that night. I didn't work that case, but I know the facts. Rev. Robinson arrived and wanted to talk to her, that part is true but nothing else about Longhini's version is true. Why would Rev. Robinson go to Area 4 all the time to "help people" as Longhini says? Reverends are not allowed to talk to anyone under arrest, juvenile or adult. Juveniles are allowed to be with their parent/guardian, or lawyer while under arrest. Adults can speak to a lawyer at a police station, but that's it. So who exactly is Rev. Robinson helping when he goes to Area 4 all the time? The only person he would ever be allowed to talk to while under arrest would be one of his children under the age of 17. So that's bullshit that he goes there all the time. I've never seen him there before. And Longhini lies when he said Rev. Robinson did not know what she was under arrest for. He knew, because when he was denied access to the arrestee in his capacity as a reverend he then pulled out his CTA identification and said he was a board member. Said this was a CTA matter and he needed to talk to her in his capacity as a board member. He only left after Area 4 told the CTA to get him out of there. It finally took a phone call from CTA board president Carol Brown herself to get the reverend out of Area 4.

10/25/2007 12:27:00 AM  
Blogger Murphy40Pct said...

It's in the script for dealing with any conservative by a democrat...claim their facts don't matter because they are morally corrupt (in this case an accusation of racism). And in the script for dealing with whistleblowers by the corrupt city..."come out and state your name." Are we really living in that much of a socialist/dictatorship that someone actually would say that? Amazing they don't even try to hide it.

10/25/2007 12:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

typical

10/25/2007 12:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sure hope that there is a special place in hell for all these phony so called reverends.

10/25/2007 01:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great job now like SCC stated RON about that phone call what was that for? are you trying to skirt the law? is that what you did at cpd? golden child again reveals his clouted daley upbringing!

10/25/2007 06:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poor Reverends, they got their foot stuck in their mouths again!

10/25/2007 06:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I found that racist blog. It's horrible .... That blog is disgusting — seeing who they linked to — I turned the damn thing off."
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Typical response from a Democrat. If they don't like something you say, they scream racism, sexism, you're anti-gay, etc. It's as easy to play this card as getting the LINK card. Sad.

10/25/2007 06:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't consider any of these so-called reverands part of any real church if they can buy their title for $14.95 on the internet.

10/25/2007 06:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a thought.....perhaps he was so hot to see the arrestee because maybe she has some goods on his ass...........and he was afraid she'd talk............hmmmm

10/25/2007 09:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey boys n girls....if we all stopped we wouldnt have to worry about tunnel or whatever his name is. Just stop and answer your calls. a contract would be right around the corner if we did.

In NY they gridlocked the city by making numerous traffic stops causing much confusion and traffic backups. Guilliani settled the contract the next day.

But they stuck together and we dont.

10/25/2007 09:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's the thing guys. Chicagoist isn't on your side. Do a search of all the negative stories about the CPD over there, and you'll find all sorts of transplants from the suburbs, Michigan, Ohio, and Iowa jumping all over you guys. You know, things like "unjustified shootings," "police brutality," "racism" and the like. They're a bunch of wannabee hipsters over there waiting for mommy and daddy's check to clear so they can go down the the Innertown Pub or Skylark to drink $2 PBRs.

10/25/2007 09:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

REV. MEANS NOTHING ON THE LAW BOOKS AND THEY WOULD KINDLY BE SHOWN THE DOOR. HE WAS TRYING TO INTERFERE BECAUSE OF HIS POSITION WITH THE CTA.
I DO LIKE THE RACIST COMMENT THOUGH THATS ALWAYS A GOOD ONE TO FALL BACK ON.

10/25/2007 10:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not a cop and I have no cops in my family. I am a political moderate. I am also a regular reader of Chicagoist.

This current CTA story shows that cops have a lot of supporters out there. We are the silent majority. You don't hear from us, but we are HERE. Unfortunately, the media makes it seem that most people distrust cops. WRONG.

You guys are respected, as you can see from reading the posts on Chicagoist.com. That is an example of a bunch of civilians seeing the truth. The truth is that SCC is a necessary site and that bogus racism charges in our town must be ridiculed wherever they arise. Great work, SCC!

10/25/2007 10:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah ha RACIST.. Yes thats it. WE ARE THE RACISTS> NOT mary Mitchell and the reverends, its us damnit. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

10/25/2007 11:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't consider any of these so-called reverands part of any real church if they can buy their title for $14.95 on the internet.

10/25/2007 06:54:00 AM

I got mine for free, the $14.95 is just for a card to carry in your wallet - If I find $15 bucks on the street I will pick one up to continue the joke but I'm not giving these guys my money.

10/25/2007 01:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The good reverend only left when the cta board pres asked him to? He did'nt leave when told to by the police? He was'nt placed under arrest because he refused to leave? never thought i would see the day when the police department was scared of some theiving ass bullshit (i got my certificate on the internet) reverend. who ever was in charge in area 4 that night, should do a visual and physical inspection to see if ya still got a pair.

10/25/2007 02:20:00 PM  
Anonymous HATER said...

SCC YOU SHOULD REPOST THAT PREVIOUS INFO ABOUT ROBINSON RELATED TO HIS DONATIONS TO VARIOUS POLITICIANS. MAYBE THE MEDIA WOULD WORK HARDER IF YOU SPELLED OUT EVERYTHING FOR THEM.

THEY BARELY UNCOVER DALEYS RELATIVE CONTRACTS AND BRIDGEPORT LAND DEALS ONLY BECAUSE SOMEONE DROPS A DIME AND SPELLS IT OUT.

THE ONLY REASON CPD GET HAMMERED IS THAT WE SEND PRESS RELEASES LETTING THEM KNOW OFFICERS ARE GETTING INDICTED.

HELL EVEN THE STATES ATTORNEY IS SNITCHING ON THE GOOF THAT DOES DUI'S. IF THEY STAR FIRING PEOPLE FOR NOT FOLLOWING ALL THOSE RULES THEY WILL HAVE TO BUILD A NEW DIVISION AT THE COUNTY.

10/25/2007 04:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I sure hope that there is a special place in hell for all these phony so called reverends."

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According to Dante it's either the fourth Circle (those whose concern is only for material goods, these souls, mostly clerics, go opposite directions, bumping into each other as they push big rocks), the 6th circle(the heretics, a huge cemetery filled with open tombs with fire coming out of them), 3rd level of the 7th circle (blasphemers, struck w/ lightning), 6th level of 7th ring (hypocrites, clothed in heavy caps of lead), 8th level of 7th ring (fraudulent counselors, souls slide away in the ditch as flames), or 9th level of 8th ring (sowers of discord and schism, souls are physically torn apart).

Take your pick for the Revs, it all looks good ;)

10/25/2007 05:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't consider any of these so-called reverands part of any real church if they can buy their title for $14.95 on the internet.

10/25/2007 06:54:00 AM


Ha ha! $14.95?? I got mine for $10.00 during the 1st Mearday fiasco...

10/25/2007 06:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are we really living in that much of a socialist/dictatorship that someone actually would say that? Amazing they don't even try to hide it.
10/25/2007 12:47:00 AM

Yes we are. And it is only going to get worse.

10/25/2007 07:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am going to get my card from the Universal Life Church. Then I am going to get a store front with an apartment upstairs, put a cross in the window and name my church.

Once all of that is accomplished I am going to give sanctuary to young, nubile, Eastern European women who are illegal aliens.

Then..............

10/25/2007 07:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MOMMY, WHAT'S A RACIST?

Why that is anyone that Shakedown Jessie, Father Phoney or the carpet bagger con-man Al Sharpton happens to be mad at that day.

10/25/2007 09:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh what a web we weave...

Bravo. Print it and they shall have to answer. I don't give a shit what Longhini thinks of this blog, he was forced to address the issue because of it.

Fuck them all. Force them to respond.
This is just the beginning. Power to the people! Revolution now.

10/25/2007 09:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10/25/2007 05:57:00 PM

That's some scary shit.

10/25/2007 10:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why can't the FOP demand a list of aldermen in the city who were once gangbangers made public??? Once a gangbanger always a gangbanger

10/26/2007 12:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a bunch of jitney fools.....

10/26/2007 08:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

who cares. More of the same.

10/26/2007 10:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am now a minister.....let the preaching begin.

10/27/2007 02:23:00 PM  

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