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Monday, September 08, 2014

Former Beacon-News Editor John Russell Rewarded with City of Aurora Job at Taxpayer Expense After Cover-Up of Corruption by Mayor Tom Weisner

In recent years, anyone who has read the Aurora Beacon-News, the local fishwrap old media newspaper (tabloid), knows the publication severely deteriorated to the point of having no credibility in reporting and journalistic integrity.

Some reporters were better writers than others.  Ed Fanselow was one of the few examples of any actual talent.  Most, such as Andre Salles, Dave Parro, Matt Hanley and many others turned out not only to be bad reporters, but knowingly would twist facts and stories.

The most recent city hall beat reporter, Stephanie Lulay, quit.  Initially, she promised to be different and she was.  She started asking questions, but soon fell in line with the Aurora Way of ignoring corruption and being friendly with the crooks she was supposed to be objectively and aggressively covering.

Since 2005, Beaconfused reporters would blame editors for not publishing more stories on corruption and changing stories written by reporters to cover-up misconduct by the administration of Mayor Tom Weisner.  And, while there was a problem with the reporters, they were correct there was a problem with the editors, such as John Russell and Denise Crosby.

In the case of the profanity-laced John Russell, he represented the worst combination.  He was old media, part of the Beaconfused since 1974 and a strong supporter of the status-quo, old guard of Aurora that has exploited the city for years.  He was also a close buddy of Mayor Tom Weisner.

After Russell was eventually tossed out by the Sun-Times in 2013, he claimed he was leaving so he could "retire" but that turned out to be untrue.  Just a few months later, he ended up getting a new job, this time as a "grant writer" with the City of Aurora, a gift at taxpayer expense by Mayor Tom Weisner.

Even without this obvious example of corruption by Weisner, it's always been clear John Russell lacked basic journalism integrity, but now they are exploiting you together.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Are You Reasonable or Unreasonable?

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” 
― George Bernard Shaw