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Emanuel Aides Helped Make CNN ‘Chicagoland’ Series

From the Chicago Tribune:

Emails show Emanuel aides, producers coordinated CNN ‘Chicagoland’ scenes

By Bill Ruthhart | April 25, 2014

Chicago — If it seemed as though some scenes of CNN’s documentary series "Chicagoland" were coordinated by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s City Hall and the show’s producers, that’s because they were.

More than 700 emails reviewed by the Tribune reveal that the production team worked hand in hand with the mayor’s advisers to develop storylines, arrange specific camera shots and review news releases officially announcing the show.

Producers asked the mayor’s office to help them set up key interactions in what the cable network has billed as a nonscripted eight-part series, including Emanuel’s visits with the school principal who emerged as a star of the show, emails show.

What a shock, huh? Of course, the Obama administration has been bragging for months about how it is using Hollywood and TV to push Obama-Care. Every day the line between news and outright propaganda gets more and more blurred.

Anyway, now we know why CNN plugged this ‘reality series’ almost as hard as their reality series on the missing Malaysian airliner. They showed promos for it more than a dozen times a day.

City Hall’s frequent correspondence with the producers illustrates how senior aides to a mayor known for shaping his media image managed how CNN would portray their boss to a prime time national audience. The production team for the series, whose final episode aired Thursday night —

Notice that this news is only coming out now that the series is over.

[T]old Emanuel’s staff that particular scenes would present the mayor in a positive light, with one of the producers expressing a desire to showcase the mayor "as the star that he really is."

The emails, obtained through an open records request, show the producers were not always granted all the access they sought. And Levin said he was "eternally frustrated" that much of the behind-the-scenes access he got of Emanuel was controlled by the mayor’s office.

"Everything the mayor does is stage-managed. Everything. That is the way he operates, so I’m not going to dispute that," Levin said in an interview when asked about his emails that requested specific scenes featuring the mayor…

Getting green light Prior to "Chicagoland," Levin and fellow executive producer Mark Benjamin both had been represented by William Morris Endeavor, the Hollywood agency run by the mayor’s brother, Ari Emanuel. The producers said they were not represented on the project by William Morris to avoid any conflict of interest, but Levin said they likely would be represented by the firm in the future.

So you can be sure they would be objective about their agent’s brother, Rahm Emanuel.

The "Chicagoland" producers got the green light for access to Emanuel and City Hall after a meeting arranged by the Chicago public relations firm Jasculca Terman, records show.

That firm’s chairman and CEO, Rick Jasculca, is a friend of Emanuel’s dating back decades, and both worked together in the Clinton White House. When Emanuel announced he would run for mayor in 2010, it was Jasculca and his daughter Aimee Jasculca who fielded media calls on behalf of the budding campaign…

This article then goes on to chronicle more of the overlaps between CNN and Rahm Emanuel’s cronies.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, April 25th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Emanuel Aides Helped Make CNN ‘Chicagoland’ Series”

  1. Rusty Shackleford

    So Oregon just admitted they are incompetent at the state bureaucratic level and have to kick it upstairs the federal level of incompetency.

    Yes, this will fix all things. Now and in the future.

    (Head in hands, sobbing…sometimes with a slightly hysterical giggle)

    But seriously, I weep for my nation. I weep for the invasion of total leftist ideologues. I weep because they came to destroy and they are succeeding. I weep because I see only a downhill trek to the bottom of personal, national and moral insolvency.

    It is criminal. They may think they are just playing a fun little power game but the greatest generation produced the worst generation in this nation’s history. Lack of courage, an overwhelming desire to be liked and to fit in; to belong while at the same time being thought of as the “it” person. Style over substance….the tail wagging the dog.

    I had an inkling of things to come in the 70′s when everything was “cool”. Being “cool” was the thing. There were peer groups who oozed “cool” yet couldn’t spell their own names and our entertainment industry capitalized on it.

    Now it trumps everything. Gotta be in the “in” crowd to even have your voice heard or to be counted.

    Instinctively, I always go the other way. My company has forced iPads on us. I don’t dismiss the technology or the nifty things they can do but they are often more of a nuisance than they are a help. Plus, I liked my old manuals and nobody was going to steal them out of my car. Now I walk around with a personal security risk in my possession. Nice move, management.

    They are all about the “new/shiny” and so self-impressed it’s disgusting. They also didn’t plan very well and are late-in-the-game about getting the building even surveyed for wifi. Cart/Horse, all that.

    And, using it is also a “condition of employment”. IOW if you DON’T use it, you’re fired.

    Working for the cool kids also sucks.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Sorry, sorry….this was supposed to be posted in the Oregon giving up on its website page.

      *sigh*

      Logged in to write a comment and this is where I ended up.

      Been that kind of day. (Anyone got a PTO knob for a John Deere mower?)

  2. canary

    I think exposing his private areas to other Congressmen in the shower was a sign Mayor Emanuel likes the exposure.

    Maybe he will do a life pose at his funeral, like these sick people. Sick.

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/dead-.....d=23456853

  3. captstubby

    Rusty,i had that kind of day too,
    replaced a fuel pump on my sons old S10 pickup and fought putting on the lock ring.
    the eyes are gettig too old for this .




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