Since Dan Rostenkowski died, the media has been eulogizing him and discussing what a great man he was. They gloss over his felony conviction and prison sentence. Heck, when he was released from prison they gave him a hero’s welcome.
Dan Rostenkowski should be remembered. Everyday, people should remember he was nothing but a cheap corrupt Chicago Machine hack. He used the Chicago way in Washington to get what he wanted- the people be damned. Next to Rosty, Charley Rangel is a piker.
What is it about corrupt politicians the media love? Why do they make them out to be some kind of tarnished heroes- lovable rogues- instead of the crooks, liars, and thieves they really are? There is a certain hypocrisy in play. The media will demonize these criminals during their investigations, indictments, and trials. Then, the pity party starts when they are convicted and sentenced. The remembrances of all the good they supposedly did sets in and they are sent off packing to prison with hearty farewells. They come home to a red carpet media treatment when released.
Dan Rostenkowski is just another sad reminder of the venal corruption that is part and parcel of the Chicago Democratic Machine. If he is to be remembered for anything, the media should hold him up as a sterling example of all that is wrong in politics.