Cook County is home to Chicago; why should we expect anything less than thuggish behavior from its politicians--especially when one of those politicians occupies the White House?
Let us hope.
The Cook County prosecutors' actions are certainly shameful. But they may be excused for thinking that attacks on media critics are, in today's political era, business as usual. Indeed, they need look no farther than the White House, whose occupant has sometimes styled himself the nation's chief media critic.
It is, after all, the Obama administration that declared that its critics at Fox News Channel are not real journalists, and that Fox is not a "legitimate news organization." In doing so—as White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs admitted with a reference to "brushback pitches" in baseball—the White House's goal was just the same as that of the prosecutors in the president's native city: To chill criticism, and to get journalists to think twice before stepping up to the plate...
The lesson from the White House is clear: "Real" journalists are those who aren't too critical of it. But America is not Cook County, and it's doubtful that Americans will tolerate the Chicago Way when it comes to journalism.