There has been a lot of terribly obsequious coverage of Chicago Blackhawks
Vice President John McDonough recently. We’ve also seen interest in the Chicago White Sox
reach nadir this summer.
And I’m always one to point out when people are gushing too much over John McDonough, and the Waylon Smithers to his Mr. Burns, Jay Blunk. Therefore, Dan McGrath’s Sun-Times column July 8th
suggesting the White Sox
hire McDonough to turn them around was quite possibly the perfect storm
or horrific writing. Coincidentally a movie about a monster storm, and sharks flying around in it, took Twitter, yes you guessed it "by storm" last night.
If this column about McDonough
taking over the Sox were a movie, it would be right down there with “SharkNado,” “Leonard Part 6,” “Ishtar,” “Howard the Duck,” “Water World,” “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter: and “Dude, Where’s My Car?”
In this write-up, McGrath is to missing the point what Tara Reid
is to drinking...
The “other” paper in town has apparently hired a national college football
and basketball writer.
Steve Greenberg announced on his Twitter
feed July 1 (Canada Day coincidentally) that he was joining the Chicago Sun-Times as its national college sports writer and he also Tweeted that he’ll be covering Illinois
. He received the usual slap-on-the-back-welcome-aboard-so-nice-to-have-you-around type tweets from a bunch of his followers as a result.
So this must mean that Herb Gould, the paper’s national college writer and Illinois
beat writer, is gone. Rumors have been circulating for weeks that Herb Gould was going to retire, but nothing was made official — until now, I presume. I cover the Illini regularly, and I've heard whispers about Gould riding off into the sunset from other Illinois beat writers for months.
Now it's official, so I can publish it...
Disgruntled former Chicago Sun-Times writer Jim O’Donnell
publicly tweeted that Chicago Bears
beat writer Sean Jensen has parted ways with the Sun-Times.
The last time we saw the byline of Sean Jensen in the paper was late April.
The Twitter account of Sean Jensen has been quiet the past couple days and he hasn't tweeted anything Sun-Times related this month...
Chicago Sun-Times Editor Chris De Luca certainly has some enemies in this town. He’s publicly feuded with Teddy Greenstein
of the Chicago Tribune. Former Sun-Times writer Jim O’Donnell seems to have a very bitter resentment for De Luca.
O’Donnell has been extremely vitriolic and bitter towards De Luca on Twitter. O’Donnell has attacked De Luca both personally and professionally. He often invokes the current NBA
Playoff futility of the Chicago Bulls
, analogizing their incompetence to that of Chris De Luca.
This is epic. These tweets are melt down level material. Chris De Luca has not tweeted any responses to this.
He appears to be taking the high road. Which is probably the right way to go.
No, it’s not an April Fool’s joke- the idea of one print voice for 3 million people.
The Chicago Sun-Times parent company Wrapports LLC is supposedly interested in purchasing the Tribune Company
. This, despite the fact that they have not turned a profit
in the 15 months Michael Ferro has been in charge. So this purchase, really an expansion, could happen despite the realities the Sun-Times publications are facing: offices closing, shrinking revenues, decreasing circulation, an unresolved union contract and lay-offs.
Sun-Times Editor-in-Chief Jim Kirk's previous job was at
Crain’s. Maybe he used his connections there to plant these stories in Crain’s? In order to boost morale for his ailing paper?
When the suburban offices announced that they were closing, about a week before Christmas, Kirk said then there would be no more layoffs. Then in January, a member of upper level management within the organization went to one of the suburban offices and said the closing of the buildings (in Glenview, Merrillville, Joliet, Tinley Park, Waukegan and Aurora) had nothing to do with potential future layoffs; a source told me.
Therefore, the news of March 15th came as quite a surprise. The Ides of March were cutthroat for numerous Sun-Times staffers including Southtown sports editor Phil Arvia. A veteran of 25 years, he covered the Chicago White Sox
and holds a MLB
Hall of Fame vote. For the full list of lay-offs go here.
After the March 15th cuts were made, my source told me that Kirk had a meeting in the Sun-Times news room and said:
1.) the company isn’t making money
2.) no further detail about the lay-offs...
So the Chicago Sun-Times editors decided to have Trey Ferro, son of the newspaper’s owner Michael Ferro, as the “game face” for an edition. How classy, genuine, meritocratic and not at all pandering to nepotism! The Ferro family attended a Chicago Cubs
home game and the photo above was taken with Cubs
chairman Tom Ricketts up in the Wrigley Field scoreboard. Awwwww, what a cute power couple they make!
Maybe it’s not the editors of the Sun-Times who are to blame for “the Bright One” looking like a family newsletter or a family photo share on a Facebook page? (Funny, I thought it was actually a big city high circulation newspaper?) Maybe it’s the S-T chairman himself who is responsible for this embarrassment on numerous levels?
I’ll let Robert Feder from Time Out Chicago explain:
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