Monday, October 11, 2010

Kelly Claims Reporters Attacked, Threatened Him At Parade

October 11, 2010 - Chicago - Radio talk show host William J. Kelly says he was "attacked" today by reporters when he confronted Rahm Emanuel about his city residency status. He says he has the threats and attacks on video, which he says he will post later today. Emanuel is running for mayor of Chicago and faces questions about whether he has maintained continuous residency here long enough to run for that office, in light of the fact that he has been living in Washington, D.C. for close to two years while working as the White House Chief of Staff. Kelly is the host of "The Kelly Truth Squad" radio show on WIND 560 AM. Kelly says he has video of the "threats" that he will post to his Truth Squad website later today. Here are portions of a press release from Kelly, which was sent out at 2:04 p.m. this afternoon (my emphasis added): Conservative/tea party activist and WIND-AM (560) talk show host William J. Kelly was attacked by members of the Chicago media today when he confronted mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel on questions about his residency at the Columbus Day Parade. After challenging Emanuel on-camera about questions on his residency and the failed $800 billion stimulus he spearheaded as White House Chief of Staff, CBS2’s reporter Jay Levine told Kelly he was going "to deck him" and a CBS cameraman used profanities. ABC7 political reporter Charles Thomas told Kelly to "go away." "This is the problem. Journalists have lost their objectivity,” said Kelly. “How can we rely on them to report the facts? People have lost faith in the media and with the actions of reporters like these, it’s not hard to see why.” The video of Kelly's encounter and the Chicago media's response will be uploaded today at Kelly says tea party and GOP activists are already in the process of recruiting a candidate to be ward-off Emanuel’s Chicago mayoral bid. “We are actively reviewing candidates to block Emanuel at every step of the way,” says William J. Kelly, a long-time conservative and tea party activist. Critics like Kelly have charged that as White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel directed stimulus funds to payback political cronies and structuring programs for Wall Street’s benefit. “Rahm was responsible for the failed stimulus that has exploded the deficit,” remarks Kelly. “In his own words, he ‘never let a good crisis go to waste.’ Unfortunately, for America, that took the form of enriching his Wall Street friends who made him a millionaire in the 1990s. “If that’s success, he can keep it. Chicago deserves better than Rahm Emanuel.” Kelly says that during Emanuel’s White House tenure, Wall Street won and Main Street lost. “Wall Street got its guarantees and low interest rates. Rahm’s friends at Goldman Sachs made $12 billion a year after the bailout,” said Kelly. “He orchestrated President Obama’s failed $800 billion stimulus that has saddled taxpayers with debt and all they received in return is 9.5% unemployment. That’s nothing for Rahm to be proud of. That’s called failure.” Conservatives are not the only ones critical of Emanuel. Last week, he was criticized for a “Glad to be home” video message recorded from his DC home. His ‘listening tour’ brought him an earful from Chicagoans unhappy with his mayoral ambitions after years of being a Washington insider. Kelly recently announced an exploratory committee for a possible bid for Alderman of the 42nd Ward. Let's see if the local media are "objective" enough to report their own bad behavior.