Only Jussie Smollett could turn our city into TMZ-Midwest.
As the nation's third-largest media market, Chicago usually produces "hard news"-- relating to politics, education, and the economy. To my chagrin, the Jussie Smollett story has topped most news broadcasts for the past 3 weeks. People are retweeting Charlie De Mar (CBS 2 Chicago), while Rafer Weigel (Fox Chicago) keeps his calendar open for more national news programs. All of this causes me to see the greatest hoax of them all: the Chicago media's current display of news judgment.
— Charlie De Mar (@CharlieDeMar) February 20, 2019
The Real Issues Of Chicago
While dozens of detectives have sought #JusticeForJussie, the Average Joe crime victims of Chicago have been mostly ignored. From unsolved killings to incomplete robbery investigations, the Chicago Police has more important cases to work.
The same applies to Chicago journalists. If chasing tabloid rag stories is considered "original reporting", they might as well have another traffic reporter contest. (Can you imagine TV stations creating a position for "Gossip Anchors"?)
For me, independent media is the best route for finding "real news". I am happy to see that Block Club Chicago has new journos. As Jussie's story leaves the news cycle, I hope that our reporters don't fall for the banana in the tailpipe again. In this town, reporters rise just as fast as they fall.
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