Wednesday, December 10, 2008

What are they hiding?

I was talking to my brother tonight about a news item he'd seen on the KHQA web site dated 5 November which mentioned a meeting Barack Obama was to have with Gov. Rod Blagojevich on filling Obama's vacated senate seat. He said he still had the page open, but that if you tried to get to it now, it was gone. I walked him through the steps for snagging a screen shot of it and posting it on his blog.

On checking KHQA's web site, I came across this "clarification".
KHQA TV wishes to offer clarification regarding a story that appeared last month on our website The story, which discussed the appointment of a replacement for President Elect Obama’in the U.S. Senate, became the subject of much discussion on talk radio and on blog sites Wednesday.

The story housed in our website archive was on the morning of November 5, 2008. It suggested that a meeting was scheduled later that day between President Elect Obama and Illinois Governor Blagojevich. KHQA has no knowledge that any meeting ever took place. Governor Blagojevich did appear at a news conference in Chicago on that date.
What in the hell are they hiding, and at whose request? My brother later e-mailed me this link to American Digest, which correctly notes that the previous innocuous news item reported a mundane story of a meeting between Obama and Blagojevich that would have been completely expected and not out of the ordinary.

AD states that not only did KHQA dump the story, but it has also since been scrubbed from Google's cache. What the hell is going on here? Why deny that a meeting - one which would have been completely routine even in the hindsight after Blago's arrest - ever took place?


Charles said...

That's hardly a clarification, is it? They just added another layer of intrigue onto the mystery. :)

Eric said...

Yeah, I don't get it. Why all the strenuous and clumsy denials and the extra efforts to scrub traces of news stories about the meeting? As I said, even after Blago's arrest, it wouldn't be a big deal if they had met to discuss the replacement after Obama was elected. It's actually odder that they now supposedly never met.