Friday, December 04, 2015

A RELIABLE SOURCE: Alderman Who Bad-Mouthed Us For Years Plagiarizes Our Work (We Knew You Loved Us, Tom!)

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, consider us…flattened!

Some local politicians, forced to deal with our truthful crime reporting, love to bad-mouth us. But it now appears that at least one of those aldermen is using us as a reliable source.

Tom Tunney, who represents the Wrigleyville and Boystown neighborhoods, published his weekly newsletter today and….the section about two recent robbery convictions sounds familiar.


From our report on December 1:
Amari Jones, 19, pleaded guilty to one count of robbery in connection with mugging a man and then punching him in the face near Broadway and Melrose on September 5.
Tom Tunney newsletter on December 4:
Amari Jones pleaded guilty to felony robbery in connection with mugging a man and punching him in the face near Broadway and Melrose on September 5th. 
CWB Chicago on December 1:
Richardson C. Sparks of the Auburn Gresham neighborhood was tracked down by a fugitive apprehension unit after he was positively identified as the person who used a credit card taken in the robbery to buy food at the Subway restaurant, 901 W. Belmont, moments later.
Tom on December 4:
Richardson C. Sparks was tracked by a fugitive apprehension unit after he was identified as the person who used a credit card taken in a local robbery.
Welcome to the growing CWB audience, Tom! If you'd like to help cover the time and expenses involved in our newsgathering and writing, you can make a donation here, alderman.

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12 comments:

  1. Do you think that he gives a rats ass about this site. He was re-elected by the sheep and will be in office for years to come. He gives the finger to the nose to anyone who questions him or his office staff. Everyone in his office should have strings attached to their arms and legs. Tom says "jump" and they do . . . . . . .

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  2. Well, well, well ..

    Imitation or .. plagiarism? Guess it's not if you change ONE or TWO words.

    LOL ..

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  3. How can you be sure he just didn't get the information from the same sources you did? So there
    wouldn't be any plagiarism in this case.

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    1. David, Tom doesn't have the sources that CWB commands nor is Tom about to collect and document crime information.
      Tom still relies on the tardy and generally inaccurate CPD crime data.
      Tom would do well by openly embracing CWB.

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  4. A staffer probably wrote the newsletter. I've always said that smart journalists should refer to CWB. Either way, it's clear that CWB is more informed and cares more about the issue than Tunney's office anyway.

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    1. "Either way, it's clear that CWB is more informed and cares more about the issue than Tunney's office anyway."
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      I wish the writer of CWB - or Ted - would run for Alderman next election cycle. I would vote for either of you!!! Tom, Cappleman, Michelle Smith.....they all STINK!

      And don't ya just love all the fall out from the Laquan McDonald case?? The City Council, aka the mayors rubber stamp, votes to pay McDonald's family $5 million in hush money so Rahm can get re-elected. Now Garry McCarthy has been thrown under the bus (not a fan of McCarthy,....but we saw this coming.)

      Anyway.....good job CWB. You ROCK!

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  5. Tunney would've been smarter to embrace CWB and use it to fight for more police as as keeping area residents up to date on local crime -- including a link to CWB on his website.
    CWB is the authoritative source for crime info and makes the CPD a laughingstock.
    Of course, Tom is himself regarded as a joke in many quarters.

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  6. @CWB - I am neither Tom, nor do I support him. I don't like him or his staff. I was in good faith trying to point
    out an alternative explanation. Apologies for possibly letting a bit of air out of your complaint.

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    1. No need to apologize. We know you are kidding around.

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  7. He had to copy. Weasels cannot write.

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  8. Ok, THAT's funny.
    Well done!

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