Wednesday, November 04, 2009
When Facts Become Ugly Nonsense
Star political columnist Matt Tully, who spent the past few months covering something other than politics, jumps in with one of his classic columns about how to suck up to the insider elites so they will invite me to have lunch and feed me stories so I don't have to do any work that would cause me to break a sweat. The facts that I have shared with the readers of this blog about the Wishard referendum process and the massive property tax-supported project it represents do not cease to exist simply because people like Matt Tully choose to ignore them and call them "ugly nonsense." As the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer once commented on truth: "Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized. In the first it is ridiculed, in the second it is opposed, in the third it is regarded as self-evident." Sooner or later Tully will be writing a column about how the Health & Hospital Corporation folks misled us all just like he did with Lucas Oil Stadium, pretending he never wrote the glowing and admiring things he wrote of them today. Free advice to Matt Tully. Make a luncheon appointment soon with the Chicago Tribune's political columnist John Kass and ask him how he manages to survive as a journalist telling it like it really is in the rough and tumble world of Chicago politics. He might actually learn something. More importantly, he might learn how to write about political goings-on that people expect to see when they read his column.