Media crisis grows as Chicago Sun-Times withholds Sauerberg “Mediscare” tape

NEWS FROM:
ANDY MARTIN
“He works for
the People of Illinois”
Republican for U. S. Senator
Suite 4406
30 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-4723
(312) 440-4124

ATTENTION: ASSIGNMENT/DAYBOOK EDITORS

ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEWS CONFERENCE

U. S. SENATE CANDIDATE ANDY MARTIN SAYS SAUERBERG MUST WITHDRAW AS CANDIDATE BECAUSE OF HIS “PATTERN OF DECEPTION”

CHICAGO MEDIA CRISIS GROWS AS SUN-TIMES CONCEALS SAUERBERG’S “MEDISCARE TAPE;” MARTIN SAYS SUN-TIMES SHOULD “RELEASE THE TAPE!”

MARTIN SAYS SAUERBERG’S MEDICAL “PLANS” JEOPARDIZE EVERY STATE AND LOCAL REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE IN NOVEMBER

(CHICAGO)(January 29, 2008) Republican U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin will hold a sidewalk news conference Tuesday, January 29th at 2:00 P.M. to call on Steve Sauerberg to withdraw as a candidate because of his “pattern of deception” as a candidate. Martin says that Sauerberg will jeopardize every state and local Republican candidate in Illinois.

Martin also says the Chicago Sun-Times should release Sauerberg’s “Mediscare Tape” and explain why it modified a news story after publication. He will suggest the STNG’s “endorsement” may have influenced “news management.”

“It is time for Mr. Sauerberg to bring down the curtain on his catastrophic and cadaverous campaign for office,” Martin will state. “We now see a recurring pattern of deception in his behavior.

“Originally, Sauerberg proposed a ‘health plan’, which on closer inspection was not a health plan at all. Sauerberg proposed to abolish jury trials only in medical malpractice cases, to protect the assets of wealthy physicians. When I challenged Sauerberg on his proposal, he denied in public that he was advocating a denial of jury trials when such a denial was apparent on the face of his own paperwork. Then, last week at a forum taped by the Illinois Family Institute, Sauerberg was taped repeating his lie. See IllinoisFamily.org for the tape.

“Sauerberg then told the Sun-Times he wanted to abolish Medicare. When I attacked Sauerberg for his latest crackpot scheme, he rescinded his proposal and said he had been ‘misquoted.’ Sauerberg clearly advocated abolishing Medicare and substituting ‘vouchers’ for social insurance. The Sun-Times taped the Sauerberg interview. The public has a right to hear and read a transcript of this taped interview to decide for itself.

“Sauerberg advocated converting Medicare into a welfare program, where means-tested recipients would receive ‘vouchers’ similar to food stamps. I cannot think of anything more degrading or dehumanizing than for our vulnerable senior population to stand in line to receive their Sauerberg ‘health vouchers.’ For shame. Equally shameful is the silence of Republican Party leaders at Sauerberg’s incompetent and malicious plan to strip senior citizens of their dignity and security.

“The ‘deceptive pattern’ which is now evident is that Sauerberg has repeatedly professed to be protecting the public while in reality and on closer inspection he was actually advocating and advancing ‘plans’ that would strip the public of basic protections in our current health care system. What a way to endanger every local and state and federal Republican candidate in November. What hath McKenna wrought?

“What remains to be asked is ‘Why did the Sun-Times change its internal headline on a published Sunday story from Sauerberg’s advocacy of ‘Favors end of Medicare’ to its revised web site of ‘Favors health insurance vouchers?’ Did the respected reporter make a mistake, or did he correctly report Sauerberg’s statements? The public has a right to know, and the newspaper owes a duty of candor and trust to its readers to make full disclosure.

“Is there a conflict of interest because some members of the Sun-Times News Group ‘endorsed’ Sauerberg? Is the newspaper chain trying to avoid embarrassment? We have a full-blown media crisis on our hands. But the tape will resolve the question of who said what. I say: ‘Release The Tape!’

“Republicans are naturally suspicious of the print media. But I have never seen the kind of print media deception and distortion that has occurred in the way liberals have tried to portray Sad Sack Sauerberg as a serious candidate for the nation’s third highest office. Now we have a highly respected newspaper changing headlines, and ‘clarifying’ reports by one of its reporters. It is time for the Sun-Times to ‘come clean,’ or leave the impression that its own staffer Dave Newbart misrepresented Sauerberg’s views. I don’t think that is the case. Truth will tell,” Martin will state. “I think the media are trying to sell Republican voters a ‘designated loser,’ a pig in a poke for Dick Durbin to roast in November”

NEWS CONFERENCE DETAILS:

WHO: U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin

WHERE: Sidewalk news conference, Southeast Corner
of Huron & Wabash Streets (St. James Cathedral)
(weather permitting, or inside if necessary)

WHEN: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 2:00 P.M.

WHAT: Andy Martin says Sauerberg should withdraw as
candidate after “pattern of deception,”
Sun-Times should release “Mediscare” tape

MEDIA
CONTACT: (312) 440-4124; Cell (917) 664-9329

WEBSITE: http://www.AndyforUSSenator.com

E-MAIL: AndyforUSSenator@aol.com
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© Copyright by Andy Martin 2008. Martin holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. Comments? AndyforUSSenator.blogspot.com; AndyforUSSenator.wordpress.com.

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