Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Blagojevich arrested on corruption charges (Updated)

Another of Barack Obama's political pals has been pulled into the vortex of a corruption investigation and pending prosecution, namely Gov. Rod Blagojevich of Illinois.

The charges, as Scott Johnson of Power Line points out, are indeed mind-boggling in light of the recent focus on Blagojevich during Tony Rezko's trial Blagojevich is accused of trying to profit by naming Barack Obama's successor to the United States Senate.

With Michelle Malkin using the story to play "Name that Party," I decided to check it out at The St. Petersburg Times.

A the Times, it's "Find that Story" instead of "Name that Party."

Evidently a story about the governor of a distant state is not news in Florida, even if that governor is closely associated with Barack Obama (that president guy).
(See update below)

It's always hard to be absolutely sure whether a recent story appeared in the Times or not, however, since their in-house online search features are so pathetic. Certainly nothing about it appears on the list of stories for the day, and searching for "Blagojevich" brought up nothing related.

If the story never appears, then the Times can avoid that potentially embarrassing "Name that Party" stuff.


Shortly after I posted, I was able to locate the story at the Times' Web site by using the tabs near the top of the page (which incidentally helps confirm the worthlessness of the search feature). On the other hand, the Times simply provides material hosted by the Associated Press, so any updates done by the AP will automatically appear when the Times channels the AP content through their Web site. There's no reason for the Times to include the AP site in its searches, I suppose.

As for "Name that Party," the mention of party affiliation occurs in the third paragraph:
A 76-page FBI affidavit said the 51-year-old Democratic governor was intercepted on court-authorized wiretaps over the last month conspiring to sell or trade the vacant Senate seat for personal benefits for himself and his wife, Patti.

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