Reporter confronts Rahm: Was CNN show a political contribution? (VIDEO)


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CHICAGO, April 30, 2014 — Chicago reporters grilled Rahm Emanuel Wednesday in his first press conference since a political firestorm ignited last week over released emails showing collusion between “Chicagoland” producers and the Mayor’s senior advisers.

From the beginning, CNN’s “Chicagoland” series was billed as “unscripted,” but many critics questioned the network’s rosy portrayal of Emanuel. Their concerns were well-founded.

The 700 emails reveal that CNN producers and Emanuel’s staff developed special story-lines and arranged camera angles. One of the emails assured Emanuel’s aides that CNN would make “Rahm look good.” Another CNN email gushed that the producers planned to showcase Emanuel as the “star he really is.”

Despite his best efforts, Emanuel could not sidestep all of the media’s questions about the CNN scandal, including mine:

See the fireworks at .58 in the video here. 

KELLY: “Will CNN be reporting the cost of the production as an in-kind contribution to your campaign for reelection?”

EMANUEL: “Don’t you think that’s a question for them [CNN] to answer?”

No, Mayor Emanuel that is a question for you to answer.

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CNN’s TV and advertising budgets for “Chicagoland” account for millions of dollars in free advertising and production work for Emanuel — arguably an extended infomercial for his political campaigns. WME agent Ari Emanuel’s close ties to the CNN producers now raise even more questions in light of the emails.

READ ALSO: CNN Spending Millions on Rahm Emanuel ad campaign for ‘Chicagoland’ TV series

All of these revelations have raised questions about Rahm Emanuel’s veracity. Chicagoans are beginning to wonder: can they trust their mayor? What else is he deceiving the public about?

In the year leading up to his 2015 re-election campaign, was the “Chicagoland” documentary just an effort to manipulate the public and improve Emanuel’s poor approval ratings pre-election?

In the days to come, Emanuel will have to answer all of these questions and more.



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  • toddyo1935

    Maybe the 4th Estate is getting tired of being the 5th Column for corrupt politicians.

  • toddyo1935

    Time to stop playing by Alinsky’s rules…

  • jalina susan stutte

    Rahm Emanuel is just another Communist spreading his evil around.

  • amazingoly

    One termer? Never should have been on the ballot in the first place.

  • maryatlanta

    Maybe the collusion will start to see the light of day. Thank you Mr. Kelly (please watch your back).

  • missieb2000

    Is there no federal judge board that can address the lawlessness of Emanuel? It seems that Chicago and Illinois has sent a Politician or three to jail before, why should this arrogant weasel be any different?

  • Judy Patterson Valenta

    Waste of time interview

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