Why the Sun-Times deserves to live.

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Fellow ChicagoNow blogger Mike Doyle says the Chicago Sun-Times deserves to die.

Here's one reason it deserves to live: A superb reporting and writing job by Sun-Times political writer Abdon M. Pallasch on the slating of state and county judges. No, I'm not saying that newspapers are the only place you can find this kind of excellence, but I'm not supplied with enough hubris to declare that newspapers merit death.

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  • Abdon Pallasch's article was outstanding. But are you suggesting that if the Sun-Times were to disappear that Pallasch wouldn't be hired by the Chicago Tribune or another media outlet for some reason? Or are you suggesting that other media outlets do not have an interest in long form journalism.

    Among all the newspapers in the country, the Sun-Times is among the few with an operating loss. I'm not sure how it can survive without the cuts. And I'm afraid it will be a very different place after the cuts.

  • Abdon Pallasch's article was outstanding. But are you suggesting that if the Sun-Times were to disappear that Pallasch wouldn't be hired by the Chicago Tribune or another media outlet for some reason? Or are you suggesting that other media outlets do not have an interest in long form journalism.

    Among all the newspapers in the country, the Sun-Times is among the few with an operating loss. I'm not sure how it can survive without the cuts. And

  • In reply to LouGrant:

    Sorry, something was lost there:

    I'm not sure what it will be like after the cuts.

  • In reply to LouGrant:

    The Sun-Times was first with Hired Truck and pretty much up there with the series on Rollie prevaricating and the Water Dept., among other things. It found, but was a little off with its emphasis, Tadin using fire hydrants without permits, noting seemingly beside the point that after being caught, he was greased to get the permit without charge.

    On the other hand, the Tribune seems to rely on the U of I clout scandal, although it seems like a few unqualified persons being admitted is less damaging than the types of things the S-T found.

    Of course, the real issue is the resources needed to do that kind of investigation. It looks like the papers will need a business model that does not rely on print (and somehow gets around ad blockers).

    And, as a commenter noted at the S-T, the slating article shows why Cook County can't clean itself up, with Burke and Mell dominating the selection process, and the racial setaside demanded by Lyle of a judge rebuked by the Appellate Court, to sit on that court and thus be beyond rebuke by it.

  • In reply to LouGrant:

    Quite Right,

    The Sun Times as great reporters and Jack Higgins. Maureen O'Donnell, Natasha Korecki, Mark Konkol, Chris Fusco, Art Golab and the greatest of them all - Tim Novak.

    I think the new owner will take care of most of idiotic and oafish positions that helped cork screw the once great paper into the loam . . .and many of 'personalities' responsible.

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