WTTW FORUM RAISES DISCUSSION ABOUT EMANUEL AND WTTW'S PONCE BEING NEIGHBORS. Did Emanuel or his handlers POSSIBLY GIVe PONCE THE QUESTIONS BEFOREHAND? IN the very least, the neighborly relationship has the appearance of impropriety. another black mark for journalism.
TIME TO RETHINK THOSE DONATIONS TO CHANNEL 11?
CHICAGO - The municipal elections are this week's hot topic, and Tuesday night, WTTW Chicago Tonight hosted a forum between Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and run-off challenger Chuy Garcia. Polls show Emanuel with a two-digit lead over Garcia, who is backed by the Chicago Teacher's Union and public sector union employees.
Garcia supporters complain that the debate host Phil Ponce was tough on their candidate, hoisting questions about Garcia's son's arrest record. They also say Ponce was way too easy on Mayor Emanuel - ignoring issues such as the controversial school closings and red light cameras.
Garcia supporters may not have known that Ponce has lived for several years a couple of doors away from the Emanuels on Chicago's northside Hermitage Avenue. However, Ponce knew and didn't disclose the possible professional conflict before the forum.