Posts in category "Media"

Maybe the media should shut up about Ferguson

After all, so many in the media have been telling everyone else to shut up. And perhaps they should. There’s always an “activist,” “law enforcement official,” “commentator,” “social scientist” and an endless array of “experts” yet to be interviewed. Good God, this could go on forever. But who’s giving voice to all the these provocateurs,... Read more »

An homage to Chicago's greatest writer

That would be Joe Epstein, who recently retired from teaching at Northwestern University. The praise comes from Pat Hickey, one of Chicago’s most authentic writers. Epstein and I grew up in the same West Rogers Park (Nortown)  neighborhood a few blocks from each other but never met. He, I’m told, went to Boone, the public school... Read more »

For people who disagree with me

…you should read Zay Smith’s QT (Quick Takes). He’s one of Chicago’s best writers and most likely the best humorist. Zay began his column at the Chicago Sun-Times, and now conducts it here. Today’s column starts out:  News Headline: “Minnesota’s libraries rush to adapt to a post-book world.” The day’s news can include many chilling phrases.... Read more »
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A well-deserved salute to the Chicago Sun-Times

…and its journalists, Tim Novak, Chris Fusco and Carol Marin. If it were not for them and their editors, Richard Vanecko, “who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter last week, never would have faced justice if not for years of [their] painstaking, dogged and courageous work,” as Tribune on-line media columnist Robert Feder observed. “Any doubt that newspapers still... Read more »

Are the local Patch newspapers headed for the trash heap?

A number of Chicago suburbs are severed by the Patch, ambitious effort to provide local news via the Internet and a bold experiment by AOL. Might the experiment have failed? Here’s an analysis by Forbes: It’s said that success has many fathers while failure is an orphan. Yet AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, although prepared to put... Read more »

Former Sun-Times owner and felon Conrad Black remains unrepentant

…as this former Sun-Times employee (me and no doubt a few others) cheers his being relieved of $4.1 for what he did to the paper. One more chapter closes on the felon, Conrad Black, who pillaged the Sun-Times. As the Tribune reports: The Securities and Exchange Commission has banned former Sun-Times owner Conrad Black from... Read more »
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I'd rather work for Rupert Murdoch than move on.org, Daily Kos, SEIU and those other clowns

The customary progressive rabble, assembling as the Save Our News Coalition,  are organizing protests against the possible sale of the Tribune Co. newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times, to the despicable, horrible, nasty, wing nut, extremist, anti-humanity Koch Brothers. They are trying to put together enough money from right-minded left-wing groups... Read more »

Zay Smith, Chicago's best writer and humorist, now appearing in The Week

Zay Smith’s QT, the latest and most wry commentary on current events, now is appearing in The Week on line. Here is today’s debut post. Read it regularly and you will come to understand why Zay Smith is Chicago’s best writer and humorist. Zay Smith first wrote his hugely popular Quick Takes column for the Chicago... Read more »

The infamous Lois Lerner of IRS scandal fame tried to bully Illinois GOP candidate in 1996

Lois Lerner, the Internal Revenue Service official who is a central figure in the agency’s scandalous and possibly illegal attempts to intimidate conservative, pro-life and other center-right groups, seems to have gone an early start in her alleged bullying tactics. The conservative blog, Illinois Review, has revealed allegations that Lerner, as head of the Enforcement Division... Read more »
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What legal abortion has wrought: Kermit Gosnell

A murder trial in Philadelphia has shocked and horrified the nation. Well, perhaps not everyone; the weekslong trial of Dr. Kermit B. Gosnell, charged with seven murders, hasn’t seemed to interest the major media, (See also: Washington Post, USA Today and Slate)despite the grisly nature of his alleged crimes. Could it be because Gosnell is an abortionist, who... Read more »
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