FAKE NEWS is pretty easy to spot. Except for Mayor Sandra Bury, who referred to this site as “anonymous fake news site”. She also falsely claimed that former Mayor Dave Heilmann and Trustee Robert Streit own the website. In fact, as disclosed both with the Illinois Secretary of State and on our own pages, it is owned by the Oak Lawn Leaf Co., which does not include Heilmann or Streit as owners.
Heilmann did start the site, registered the name, and transferred all ownership and control many years ago to the company, retaining no ownership interest. The writers, one of whom was accosted by Mayor Bury several years ago, use bylines. So, the anonymous shtick just doesn’t cut it.
Bury, who built her political career on attacking others with half truths and innuendos apparently is going right back to the old playbook claiming that Tom Phelan, who served two terms as a Trustee and one as her chief adviser, is really a good guy. She discounted “the cartoon of the man that Heilmann and Streit have tried to create on their anonymous fake news site.”
She’s referred to the Oak Lawn Leaf in that manner before because more than any other media outlet, we’ve printed investigative stories that she has not liked. It’s all the rage now to refer to “Fake News” with some politicians even calling for federal legislation against purveyors of Fake News.
So, what is fake news? We can probably all agree that when a publication claims “Pope Endorses Trump for President”, it probably is fake news. We offer a few more possible fake news headlines so the Mayor knows the difference.
“Big Foot Stomps Out Small Town in Denmark” is Fake News.
“Elvis Presley Is Alive And Living In Poverty” is also Fake News.
“Bill Clinton involved in child sex abuse ring in pizza place” is Fake News.
However, the Oak Lawn Leaf and other local sites don’t print stories like those listed above and ridiculed as “fake news”. Unfortunately, some politicians, including Bury, want to label sound investigative reports as Fake News because they embarrass her administration. She wants to put her credibility against our credibility but only if she can label our stories as fake news in an attempt to confuse voters.
Real news is what the Oak Lawn Leaf is printing and we do it every day with as much documentation as possible. For instance, recently we printed the story about the Phelan Hit List and the Mayor’s decision to endorse the author of that document.
Here are some other news stories to remind everyone that there is a difference between the truth and what politicians sometimes say to cover up their own misdeeds. Some of our stories have documents and some have video clips. Click on the links to read the story.