CNN International: 3000 Pages of E-mails Show Rahm's Staff Was 90% PR in McDonald Case

The emails show Emanuel’s aides spent considerable time tracking media reports about the McDonald case and forwarding summaries of news articles and broadcasts to the mayor. At two different points, senior staffers took particular interest in critical remarks made by Jackson, the prominent civil rights activist, and Pfleger, the well-known Catholic priest and peace advocate.

by Lauren Victoria Burke

Instead, Emanuel's aides were in a tizzy figuring out how to spin being criticized by Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Michael Pfleger. That all of this was ...

...The newly revealed e-mails show how concerned all involved were with how McDonald’s death would be viewed PR wise. Funny Team Rahm didn’t view the two goals as the same. Wouldn’t a blunt and forceful response to McDonald’s killing have been the best PR? Instead, Emanuel’s aides were in a tizzy figuring out how to spin being criticized by Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Michael Pfleger.  That all of this was happening in the months after Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson and at at time police brutality was national news should have put Chicago’s electeds on notice.  Chicago Police have a decades long history of brutality....

 

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