Wednesday, September 30, 2015

INCOMMUNICADO: On Facebook, Alderman Hides Crime Comments

Sorry. The Internet doesn't work that way.

A new low was reached Wednesday in local alderman Tom Tunney’s refusal to engage neighbors in an open conversation about crime and policing.

Tunney, who fought off a social media manipulation scandal last year, is now deploying Facebook's administrative "hide" feature to suppress recent negative feedback about crime tactics according to CWB Chicago readers and an expert in social media management.

Don't worry. We archived screenshots of the deleted comments before Alderman Tunney went into "hiding" mode.


Gone But Not Forgotten

"Pleased" to announce another series of public police gatherings on Tuesday, Tunney posted to Facebook

By noon Wednesday, he had removed all responses to his post.

“We don’t need a side show we NEED more Police! Ted and your Ward is still waiting your response to his letters,” said Dee Henry in a comment that earned two likes before Tunney removed it.

“Pleased?” asked Jennifer King. “Frankly, if I were alderman I’d be embarrassed and ashamed that these outdoor roll calls are necessary. But I heard the police did a great job shutting down a ‘concert’ at Diversey Harbor when the alderman called upon our spread-too-thin police force at 9:30 pm this weekend. Hope that didn’t keep them from responding to the victims of more serious crimes.”

Joe Versaggi had some thoughts on the outdoor roll calls, too: “You must take people to be so stupid. Stop the roll call theater/BS and restore the 30% of cops you rubber-stamped Rahm’s budget to have cut.."

Three people liked Versaggi’s comment before it was hidden.

And Todd Bruce had a few now-invisible thoughts, too: “I’ve had it with the crap Tom Tunney. For the amount of property taxes we pay, we expect to see results in policing and crime prevention. Any beat cop knows this roll call is a waste of time and the citizens of your neighborhood are not as stupid as you apparently think they are. People in this neighborhood are fed up. This sort of thing doesn’t work. Let’s see some results in manpower numbers [...] You should be pushing for [Chicago Police Superintendent Garry] McCarthy’s firing.”

Credit: Windy City Times
In response to Tunney’s 1980’s-era “Throwback Thursday” photo last week, Courtney Greene wrote, “quit the dog and pony show and help your ward. - you’ve posted three community alerts about armed robberies in as many weeks. I want to know what you’re doing to stop them.”

An expression of love for Tunney's purported agelessness remains in place while Greene’s post is long, long gone.

Initial indications are that comments posted before last Thursday have not yet been hidden or deleted.

Tricky, But Not Tricky Enough

(TOP) When viewed by the public, this Tunney post says there are
5 more comments. (BOTTOM) When "view 5 more comments" is clicked,
none appears. That's because the alderman hid them.
Citizens who posted now-hidden comments can still see the things that they wrote—IF they are logged into Facebook under their own accounts. That's according to a social media expert who spoke with CWB Chicago on Wednesday.

According to the expert, who spoke under the condition of anonymity because they perform consulting work for politicians and businesses, comments that are "hidden" by a Facebook page administrator remain visible to the comments' authors and the authors’ friends.

A Reason To Hide

We have always said that people have an absolute right to control everything that appears on their Facebook page, their blog, their newspaper, and anything that is theirs.

But elected officials have an obligation to communicate with their constituents.

Tunney no longer allows the public to post independently to his page.

He still hasn’t responded to a Boystown resident’s September 10 letter about crime.

And, now, he’s hiding feedback from people who (like us) think it's foolish to pull cops off of patrol for PR sessions disguised as “public roll calls.”

How, exactly, are residents of this ward supposed to engage with the man who represents them?

Full Disclosure

CWB Chicago editors use Facebook's "Hide" feature from time to time. In fact, we used it twice recently.  Once to hide a spam post and once to hide an unflattering comment about the food at Alderman Tunney's restaurant.

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42 comments:

  1. Shocking! Shocking I say.
    Why this is just wholly out of character for TT.
    And goodness, Jimmy Cappleman is just doing SO much more for the neighborhood.

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  2. He's a coward. Pure and simple.

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  3. What a weasel! And I say to all, keep it up....good work!!! Keep the pressure on him, and while you are at it, send some to Cappleman and Michelle Smith as well.

    Along with the pressure, let's make the weasel squirm some more with some public gatherings/marches/protests with bullhorns & signs. Let's invite the media and let them know what is REALLY going on in our area. Come on people, let's do this. Let's take back our neighborhood from the criminals....both street & political variety of criminals, that is!! Let's keep the momentum going!

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    1. It is obvious to me the media has been black-mailed by Rahm. They simply will ignore any street event.
      But I do think any open-public sessions of the city council is the setting to humiliate these creatures, and the media cannot entirely ignore that. I do not know exactly how they function though.

      Me thinks making an issue of the financial impact of reduced ratables (from small businesses, population escaping,etc.) of a prosperous area being deliberately sabotaged by a near-bankrupt city could be of interest to CNN Business or CNBC. The latter is every bit as conservative as Fox.

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    2. Agree with you 6:13 AM.
      Cappleman and Smith are the same. They both deserve the same smack-down as little TT.
      Looks like a weasel trio, smells like a weasel trio, acts like a weasel trio.
      IS a weasel trio.
      Don't forget Cappleman's classic lie-to-your-constituents with dopey statistics ploy two months ago.

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  4. The clown took us for stupid again.
    Not only did he expect us to be impressed with "roll call", he did not think any of us knew how to work "Print/Screen" and Control-V.

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    1. Thanks to all who brought attention to this. It shows a lack of respect for his constituents' intelligence to think he can get away with censoring comments like this. The news of him hiding comments gives him more negative publicity than if he just allowed them in the first place. If he wants only positive PR then he shouldn't allow comments or likes at all, you can't have it both ways Tom.

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  5. Was that chick his cover for the campaigns way back then? I must say we really have progressed then.

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  6. Right - I am going to get up at 2 AM on a Saturday morning to watch maybe 5 or 6 officers stand on a street corner and look nice for Tunneys "dog and pony" show. That is if any are available and the district is not in a RAP - then it will be cancelled.

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  7. What a nimrod. We should go en masse to his nasty little cinnamon roll place and order just water and take up 20 tables at 9:00 of a Saturday morning (the day he's there bussing tables, and avoiding questions from tax paying constituents...)

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    1. Please tell me he is actually there on Saturday mornings - my husband and I will be in there flyering faster than you can blink an eye, if so. Actually, that doesn't sound like a half bad idea. Maybe we'll print up some morning reading for folks walking into Ann Sather this weekend...

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    2. Please do that, Courtney!

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    3. If a group of people got together and did this, would CWB make a post advertising it? I'm a journalism student and would love to do a video/report on a sit in where everyone orders one item and refuses to leave, but I would want to be assured that I'm not the only one sitting there.

      If CWB is willing to make a post, I'll organize this for the Saturday after next.

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    4. I'm a journalist and I'd be willing to organize this if CWB is willing to put a post up to get people to attend. I wouldn't want to be the only guy there eating a single pancake for four hours.

      Would CWB make a separate post as a call to action? This could happen Saturday after next.

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    5. "Would CWB make a separate post as a call to action? This could happen Saturday after next."

      Thanks for offering to get involved! Drop us an email and let's get going. contactingcwb@gmail

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    6. If you're planning a sit in, the one thing you must remember is that there are people there who's income is based on tips. Unless you think your server in some way deserves to be punished for Mr. Tunney's actions as alderman, you should probably be prepared to leave a three or four thousand percent tip for taking up a table for half a shift while eating a single pancake.

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    7. Anyone who works for Tunney...either in his office or his restaurants...is part of the problem. They are helping him make money at the expense of the neighborhood residents.

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    8. @ Anonymous Oct 2 12:56pm - I've done sit-ins before, down south when Cracker Barrel discrimnated against hiring gay workers/servers. We always made damn sure to leave more than ample and generous tips for the servers whos tables we occupied, and then some.

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  8. Thank you for continuing to give us the REAL news CWB!!

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  9. It's really not Tom's fault. The Mayor is the problem here and if you go against Rahm he is a vindictive ahole and will screw you over back. Tunney's hands are tied. The Mayor is a dictator here.

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    1. Bullshit. It is his fault for failing to be a leader. We're pretty sure Rahm isn't editing Tom's Facebook comments, either. Stop being an apologist.

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    2. Tommy fears a dead fish from the tiny dancer more than the citizens of the 44th Ward. Sad, but true.

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    3. Yes Rahm is a vindictive son of a bitch. But when you are elected to public office, there are risks you take and you are to represent your Ward, not be the Mayor's rubber stamp.

      Tiny Tom had NO trouble at all crossing Tiny Dancer (Rahbo) with Rooftop owner issues. But one and two 2 "L" stops to the south, he plays chickenshit. He also has no trouble interrupting and yelling at constituents at CAPS meeting. Nobody told Tunney to seek re-election. This crime slide backwards became very noticeable back in 2011.

      Rahm is now vulnerable and can be stared down. His City is close to bankrupt, probably closer than NYC was in the 1970's. He did not expect to be re-elected from a runoff. His son is a family embarrassment and was mugged in the 19th Ward despite 5% of the force guarding his house. Quinn is no longer Governor to cover his ass.

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    4. If Tunney's "hands are tied," then why is he an Alderman? Why are we paying him an outrageous salary and perks? Why doesn't he lead the charge against the Mayor's budget and against the depletion of CPD officers? Why isn't he being a vocal opponent of Rahm's and McCarthy's tactics and getting a majority of the city council to back him up so that Rahm cannot be a "dictator"? I only wish someone would tie my hands and pay me over $100,000 a year and a million dollar office budget and a staff and perks and pension for a "part-time" job and all I had to do was smile like a douche at photo ops.

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    5. @9:35 AM -
      Tommy's the real victim? Oh dear god... Let me state, with as much due respect as I can muster, that YOU are part of the problem here for even suggesting such a thing.
      Government only works when people hold elected officials accountable. All of them.
      What have we seen from Tommy and Jimmy and Michelle-y on this issue?
      Nothing? Not even nothing. WORSE than nothing. What we've seen: Lying, Obfuscation, Denial, Stupidity (the Constructive Loitering and Public Roll Call gambits).
      People in Illinois put up with this shit like nowhere else. It's unreal.

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    6. @ Anonymous Oct 1, 2015, 1:45:00 PM- Hell, an alderpuss doesn't even have to show up to public meetings decently dressed. Tunneys has appeared at a CAPS meeting, for example, wearing shorts t-shirt and flip flops while munching on a bag of popcorn ... 17 minutes after the meeting start time ... and then later screeched at a constituent for daring to ask a simple question about crime in the neighborhood. Incidentally, that was TWO years ago, and I guess we all see how the crime rate has fallen to nearly 0% since then, right?

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  10. CWB I know it is years away but after the last election I think we have all seen that it will take quite a push to make changes to get someone out of office. Before the machine can try to plug whoever they want into their positions I am asking you with the power of this forum to possibly start making recommendations for Future Alderman candidates. If you would to commit run yourself I am sure you would have the support of every reader of this board but if that is of no interest to you I encourage you to recommend interested parties or have interested candidates contact you and possibly use this board to get their message out. I think we can unseat some of these clowns I think we just need to start early and get the community involved now instead of right before elections when its too late.

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    1. We're not much for endorsing--at least not now--but one thing is clear: To be a viable candidate, a person must get involved in the neighborhood NOW and stay involved. Popping up a few months before the election won't cut it.

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  11. I just can't deal with this moron anymore. This is giving me Excedrin headache #327.

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    1. Thats how I feel as well. 2 AM roll call LOLOLOLOL. Perhaps it will stop the kids from brawling at the gas station across from the police station for a few hours at least.

      All of this is above Tunney's capabilities. They gave him the job to shore up votes for the machine. He is supposed to say yes sir for the rest of his life as a TY. This all lies on Rahm's doorstep. BTW he lives very close to all of us. Now thats a march. We meet at Ann Sathers and march to Rahm's house and demand more police in our district. Lets be respectful, bring the dogs, the kids, etc., call the media (plenty live in our hood) and DEMAND more REAL police resources. No more fake police counts, no more show "roll calls".The brunt of these tax increases are falling on our shoulders and we want the criminals who are descending on our neighborhood arrested and put in jail.

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  12. I have tried the civil approach with Tunney and other community leaders… It hasn’t been working. Sorry, I thought I would have a better chance working with and not against Lakeview community leaders. I learned that they don’t really care about anything other than themselves, especially Tunney. Lesson learned.

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    1. Respect is earned. When they do not earn it, you talk to them and humiliate them in public as you would a 15 year old brat who cheated on an exam in front of the entire class.

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  13. Yeah I wrote the food at his restaurant comment

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    1. There is Trip Advisors and Yelp for that. It has been a weapon of ours in the past also express ourselves about crime in the area ("Those Cinabuns may cost you more than you think - like your wallet"). Tourists read this stuff and take it under advisement.

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  14. In the old photo, I see Tunney...but who is the guy in the bow tie?

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  15. Mr. Tunney, ADD those police officers and ANSWER that letter (please read this in your best Ronald Reagan voice).

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    1. Let's face it, any answer would be good about now.

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  16. In 1986 -87 it use to be good food. But now - ??? Don't get the chicken livers. They have ben sitting there to long.

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  17. fyi, I have repeatedly tweeted and FB'ed Tunney about the crime. My tweets and posts continue to be completely ignored.

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  18. You have to do everything with him the old fashioned way : snail mail him and cc the State Attorney General and local FBI office. Snivels like Tunney hate cc's.

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  19. I am IN for the SIT IN!!! sending my e-mail to contactingcwb@gmail right NOW!!!
    Sharona,
    petition circulator extraordinaire

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