Mayor Sandra Bury has used her cowardly blog to once again attack the Oak Lawn Leaf, this time targeting reporter Brian Schaeflein. Bury apparently took exception to his reading glasses, calling them “creepy spy glasses.”
Asked about his glasses, Schaeflein responded, “They’re just cheap reading glasses. I bought them at WalMart a couple years ago. They have a little bit of magnification.”
It is interesting to note that Bury chose to take a surreptitious photo of Schaeflein, in order to illustrate her point. What’s also interesting is that Bury took exception to Schaeflein’s lack of note-taking. The very same image that Bury used to show the glasses, also shows Schaeflein holding a pen at the ready.
“If that’s when I think it was, I was actually reading the material they provided and was just about to write a few questions the material brought up,” Schaeflein said. “I took off my glasses shortly after that, since I was done reading the pamphlets they provided, and the slideshow presentation had begun. If they were spy glasses, then I got really great video of my pocket.”
When asked why Bury would target him in such a manner, Schaeflein shrugged. “We got along pretty well, I thought. The Mayor and I exchanged pleasantries, she asked if I was hungry, pointing out the food in the back of the room. At the end of the tour, I thanked her before I left. That’s about the extent of our interaction that night.”
There’s reason to wonder about Bury’s professionalism. More than one person at the event recorded video, and as Bury herself noted on her blog, there was even a photo journalist in attendance. Even if Bury’s claims were valid, why would she take exception to “spy glasses”?
The answer is simple. Bury plays by her own rules. The Leaf has previously written about Bury’s double-standards during Board meetings. She often chastises the members she doesn’t agree with for interrupting, despite the fact that she causes many of the interruptions herself.
This is just another example of that. This reporter writes for a publication critical of Bury, so she treats him differently than she does reporters from other publications.
At the Board of Trustees meeting, Bury’s lackey, Andy Skoundrianos, supplied everyone in attendance with a printout showing Bury’s blog post attacking Schaeflein. Bury later compared Schaeflein to a terrorist, plotting to endanger the public by recording the interior of the dispatch center.
“I wasn’t even wearing glasses when they took us on the tour,” Schaeflein said. “There was nothing to read. Like I said, I took them off near the beginning of the presentation. The Mayor should feel free to review the footage from the cameras inside.”
At the Board meeting, the Mayor accused Schaeflein of wearing “spy glasses” once again. When Schaeflein offered his glasses for her professional inspection, Bury refused.
This type of behavior would be laughable, if it came from a five year old, or a pudgy little North Korean dictator. Unfortunately, it comes from a local government official who seemingly aspires to be a pudgy little North Korean dictator.