Blago Brother's Bull Session

"Exclusive" nonsense

By Steve Rhodes
|  Friday, Sep 4, 2009  |  Updated 8:47 AM CDT
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Rhodes: Blago's Brother Takes Sun-Times for a Ride

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Robert Blagojevich adds nothing to the story.

Blago's Brother Breaks His Silence!

"This Is Just Not Fair!"

Cubs Lose!

Sun Rises In East!

Or, to put it philosophically: if an infamous political relative gives you an exclusive to say absolutely nothing at all except "This is just not fair!," is it really an exclusive at all?

The Sun-Times thinks it is.

But did Robert Blagojevich really commit news?

Sometimes you take the interview but file your notes for later use.

Or you go a different direction: 

Blago Brother Starts Own Media Campaign!

Missing from the story was big brother Rob's assurance to his brother  that the then-governor wasn't doing anything illegal "unless prospectively somebody gets you on a wire."

Somebody did. Federal prosecutors.

And those are the words - not those carefully chosen with a lawyer at his side - that tell the tale.

Steve Rhodes is the proprietor of The Beachwood Reporter, a Chicago-centric news and culture event.

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