Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Dead Tree Media Speaks

Yeah, they're reading. And picking up stories. From the comments:
  • I am not a PO but I have 2 in my family. I luv this site. I took the liberty of sending an e-mail on your collective behalf's to the Trib this morning.

    Here is the response

    Sir/Madam,
    We are following this story. It takes time, sometimes, to build a story, especially when we don't know who the alleged perp is.

    I am making calls to the CTA and to Chicago Police (who, by the way, are referring our calls back to the CTA, so you can see it's not easy to get info), but so far, they haven't told us who was arrested.

    As an aside, while I do read the blog, it is frustrating sometimes the fact that people think just because it's on there, it should be posted everywhere.

    But as a professional reporter, it's my job to get the facts, not print rumors.
    To that end, if you have any direct information you'd like to share with me, I'd love to hear it. I can only do my job if people talk to me.

    Thanks for your note.
    Angela Rozas
    Crime reporter
  • A Chicago Transit Authority employee was charged with felony identity theft after she allegedly misused at least five credit card numbers of customers, the CTA said today.
  • A CTA customer service representative allegedly stole credit card information from transit customers, and the agency is moving to fire her.
  • A Chicago Transit Authority employee has been charged with identity theft.
Now, will anyone in the media "investigate" the allegation that a "reverend" CTA Board member was at Area 4 attempting to influence the investigation? Or the phone calls were allegedly made from the Golden Boy to handle this one "quietly"?

We guess the blog is good enough to use as a source when it's just some 22 year old moron using her job to rip off CTA customers. But when the heavy lifting of investigative work comes along that might embarrass the mayor or his people, we're just a rumor mill.

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28 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

They will not go after anyone connected to daley! Beacuse then no stories will be "leaked" by jackie heard his press secretary paid 145K plus car!

10/23/2007 12:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Times and the Trib will not go after the administration. They are scared of him. Report the news- Report the truth and call a spade a spade. Then watch your readership and single copy sales go thru the roof.

You will never see a story that has a bottom line ie. dont point a gun at a police officer cause you just might get shot and kilted. Add your own to this.

How about some reporters go over to DeLeSalle and read the names on all the bricks or go over to St Pats foyer and read the contributors names- now between the 2 places it reads like a who's who of chicago politics and contractors.

What ever happened to investigative journalism?? The trib and times get a direct kool aid feed from City Hall.

10/23/2007 01:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hold on the offender was an african american decendent of cotton picking slaves and just did what she did because society oppressed her ancestors. Enough is enough, she is a theif plain and simple. Is it our fault she and her man don't get paid enough to buy expensive material possessions. She didn't steal because she was hungry or losing her house, she did it because she wanted the american dream! HA! Lock her up and throw away the key!
Another shining example of what american liberals breed! She should have robbed us legally and just applied for a link card like every other no job, unmotivated, blood sucker.
It sucks for all the hard working people who entrusted the CTA with their credit cards.

10/23/2007 02:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again, When is the vote of NO CONFIDENCE against Dana STARKS???

Where are you FOP???

10/23/2007 03:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They will not go after anyone connected to daley! Beacuse then no stories will be "leaked" by jackie heard his press secretary paid 145K plus car!

10/23/2007 12:51:00 AM

160,000

10/23/2007 07:40:00 AM  
Anonymous TheHatisBack said...

Typical, there are no investigative reporters left these days. She wants facts. Well go out and get them. Don't make calls. Hit the pavement, do an investigation. She has already been pointed in the right direction. If it was a story involving the Police Dept it would have been run without facts quoting unnamed sources.

You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink.

10/23/2007 08:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ms. Rozas' new response:

http://www.topix.net/content/trb/2007/10/
cta-employee-charged-with-id-theft

10/23/2007 08:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

" as a professional reporter my job is to report the facts" HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!! When did this practice start?

10/23/2007 09:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again, When is the vote of NO CONFIDENCE against Dana STARKS???

Where are you FOP???

10/23/2007 03:15:00 AM

He is doing a great job. Leave him alone. He cares for this department and will grow into the position. FOP is happy and no one else is complaining. Give him a chance.

10/23/2007 09:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Hold on the offender was an african american decendent of cotton picking slaves and just did what she did because society oppressed her ancestors. Enough is enough, she is a theif plain and simple. Is it our fault she and her man don't get paid enough to buy expensive material possessions. She didn't steal because she was hungry or losing her house, she did it because she wanted the american dream! HA! Lock her up and throw away the key!
Another shining example of what american liberals breed! She should have robbed us legally and just applied for a link card like every other no job, unmotivated, blood sucker.
It sucks for all the hard working people who entrusted the CTA with their credit cards.

10/23/2007 02:03:00 AM

Don't understand, when Daley's connected thieves drains the pockets of the taxpayers, they aren't racially identified. The lady is a thief
her boyfriend is a thief, what does their race have to do with it...what is the difference between a White thief and a Black thief? The officers who were recently arrested, appears to be mostly if not all White, do that make them descendants of Anglo-Saxon Klans Men, who believe by virtue of being White that they can do these things with impunity from the law or were they just crooks. This sucks for all the hard working Police Officers and the general public who must trust them. If you don't like Black peoples buying habits, stop following them around from aisle to aisle watching what they are buying. what business is it of yours? Take care of your own homelife and bills.....or maybe your too busy peeking into your neighbors windows watching what he/she is buying. Prime example of An Great American Ditto Head.
You do not determine what the media print........

10/23/2007 10:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TheHatisBack said...
Typical, there are no investigative reporters left these days. She wants facts. Well go out and get them. Don't make calls. Hit the pavement, do an investigation. She has already been pointed in the right direction. If it was a story involving the Police Dept it would have been run without facts quoting unnamed sources.

You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink.

10/23/2007 08:21:00 AM

the repoerters are lazy and want easy stories, but will never go after the king of all lies richie daley and the crime family!

10/23/2007 10:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Once again, When is the vote of NO CONFIDENCE against Dana STARKS???

Where are you FOP???"

HEY, PHIL SLIME ENOUGH ALREADY. YOU'RE COLLECTING A NICE CHECK ON THE MEMORY OF DEAD P.O.'S FROM THE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION.
SO SHUT YOUR YAPPER!!

10/23/2007 10:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heard Jacquelyn L Press Secretary Office Of The Mayor $160,356 06/23/97

check out www.bettergov.org. it has all city and couny employees salaries posted along with their hire dates.

10/23/2007 11:17:00 AM  
Anonymous to the professional reporter said...

"But as a professional reporter, it's my job to get the facts, not print rumors".

I pissed myself when I read this statement!

"PERP" What is this, Hill Street Blues?

They are OFFENDERS, not Perps! And another thing. When an OFFENDER commits a crime and then kills himself in a car crash trying to escape or gets shot by the Police, he is still an OFFENDER, NOT a VICTIM.

Class dismissed.

10/23/2007 12:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Trib didn't use your blog for the information in their story. They talked to the CTA just like the Sun-Times and everyone else. It says so right in their article.

Just because they are reading you, doesn't mean they will use that information in a story. No journalist worth his salt would.

10/23/2007 12:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does Hoffman have juristiction over the CTA? What qualifications does the Reverend board member that attempted to obstruct justice have to be on the CTA board besides getting votes?

10/23/2007 12:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the defense of the reporter, she probably would LOVE to be able to confirm that RH and the board member tried to intervene -- after all, it wasn't the crime that got Nixon, but the coverup, and anyone with a notebook knows that story very well. But the CTA isn't going to admit to any calls or visits (falling as they do into the file marked dumb but not stupid), so it will be up to someone in the Area to say, on the record, I took this call and this board member visited, trying to intervene.

The blog is a great tip sheet to the press on incidents like this -- it's no coincidence that what is posted here on a Monday makes the papers on Tuesday morning -- but they can't just run it verbatim.

10/23/2007 01:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Channel 9 news covered the story, showed the beautiful mug shot of the alleged thief. Said that she no longer works for the CTA as of her release from jail. She supposedly quit before she could be fired. No worries rev's, there's a happy ending to the story. She was given a new job at water department, in the bill collection section. So, no worries.

10/23/2007 02:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the incident in Area 4 did occur there must have been police and desk pogies who saw or participated in the incident. knowing this dept. everyone in that building and on speed dial on their cell phones would have heard about it as it occurred or immediately afterwards. So a reporter does not have to investigate when all those stand up people with first hand knowledge can come forward and relate what really happened.

10/23/2007 03:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She wants a "lead" to follow up on? ask the feds when they are going to approve Dana V. for high security clearance...NOT!!!! They have had his application for two months now. If all is good give him the clearance, it shouldnt be taking this long, or did they find something "interesting" in his background?

10/23/2007 04:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

" as a professional reporter my job is to report the facts"
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THE FACTS AS YOU WANT TO BELIEVE THEM?

10/23/2007 05:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now, will anyone in the media "investigate" the allegation that a "reverend" CTA Board member was at Area 4 attempting to influence the investigation? Or the phone calls were allegedly made from the Golden Boy to handle this one "quietly"?

THANK YOU! Please print the name! Not that he/she/they would be embarassed. Bust 'em out, anyway pleeeeese.

10/23/2007 06:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

" as a professional reporter my job is to report the facts"
----------------------------------
Are you out of your fucking mind? You reporters spin so much shit that you really wouldn't know what facts are. The facts don't sell papers or get people to watch the news, your bullshit story telling ability is what does. You people are paid to bullshit. Jay Lavine said it right, good police work doesn't make the news. At least he was honest. You fucking trolls including the biggest racist of all time, Mary Mitchell, and lets not forget Pam Zeckmann, and Chuck Goudie, who continually flood the news with hyped up bullshit, will need the help of one of us someday. Guess what fuckers, what comes around, goes around. We're human too you pieces of shit.

10/23/2007 06:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't liked Pam Zekman since she fucked over S & T Provision.

10/23/2007 09:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good evening, just to clear up the bloggers question as to why Act. Sup Starks has not been given his clearance by the FBI after 2 mos. I am here to tell you it typically takes 6-8 mos. to complete the clearance process and sometimes longer. Ask any CPD Task Force Sergeant/Officer/Detective.

10/23/2007 10:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to the CTA website the only "Rev" board member is Charles Robinson.

Is it a coincidence that last month when I called CTA customer service and was passed around trying to talk to a boss there, one of the people I spoke to was a woman named Charley (Carley?) Robinson? Though she was a lot more polite and helpful than her boss, Ms. Foster. Just glad I didn't order a Chicago Card from any of them.

10/24/2007 01:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would the good Reverend WANT to keep this quiet? Granted, maybe he got her the position, but why keep it quiet? Why try to manipulate the outcome?

10/24/2007 07:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I emailed that story to FOX and they ran with it. Got an email 1 hour later stating that they found out about Robinson and were running the story that night. That was monday and they ran it.

10/25/2007 03:32:00 PM  

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