Daley doesn't live in the real world.
Mayor Daley dismissed an FAA report citing a slew of runway violations at O'Hare airport that also accused the city of a pattern of making false statements.
Mayor Daley also dismissed an independent economic study showing that the benefits of hosting the Olympics here would only be a fourth of what city officials and organizers claim - at best.
Then Daley dismissed reports about gravity, the roundness of the Earth and where the sun rises and sets.
When Daley doesn't like the facts, he just dismisses them.
Like the administration of George W. Bush, the Daley administration does not live in the fact-based world. They create their own reality.
Clout admissions at Chicago Public Schools? It's a good thing! It shows those schools are working.
Politics playing a role in principal picks? Nonsense! Not in Chicago!
A city government so corrupt that it can't even hire its own employees without the need of a court-appointed federal monitor? We lead by example when it comes to ethics!
There is no fact too big or too small for this administration to contort to its liking.
It would be a cliche to call it Orwellian. It would also be an understatement.
Daleyellian is a much larger - and more dangerous - phenomenon.
It's not just about the language, it's about reality.
And in Daleyland it's so distorted it's hard to know where to begin.
Except with what the FAA said, which merely echoes what a federal judge once said and we all know: a hallmark of the Daley administration is its pattern of false statements.
And that's a fact.
Steve Rhodes is the proprietor of The Beachwood Reporter, a Chicago-centric news and culture review.
Published at 8:24 AM CDT on Sep 25, 2009
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