Trump's shameless pardon of the preening ex-Sun-Times publisher Conrad Black

President Donald Trump's undeserved pardon of ex-Chicago Sun-Times publisher and swindler Conrad Black  should frost the butts of hundreds of his former employees, as it does mine.

Black, founder of Hollinger International Inc. had served three and a half years in prison for  mail fraud and obstruction of justice in connection with his scheme to divert $60 million from his company to his personal use.

Lord Black of Crossharbour

Lord Black of Crossharbour

Not only was it betrayal of of is stockholders, but also of the hundreds of Sun-Times employees (including myself) who had devoted their energies and talents to ensure that Chicago would not become a one-newspaper town. Those employee would have lost their  (meager) pensions thanks to Black's actions if the U.S. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation had not come to the rescue.

Black, in effect, syphoned off millions of dollars that could have helped to improve the paper. Instead, his administration shoved the paper toward its eventual bankruptcy.

The strutting Black, who considers himself to be something of a bon vivant, wrote a fawning book about Trump called Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other. True that. But of course, the book and other Trump connections  had nothing to do with the pardon. The White House says Black "deserved' it and that a whole bunch of elites, from Henry Kissinger, Elton John and Rush Limbaugh said what a great guy Black is. Never mind, too, that Black sold the old Sun-Times building to Trump for   his Chicago Trump Tower.

After Black was released from prison, he was deported to his native Canada. Well, it was his native Canada, but he renounced his citizenship there so he could be appointed to the British House of Lords, where he took the title of Lord Black of Crossharbour.

Does the name Jussie Smollett ring a bell?

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