I know, I know, we don’t use that term anymore! It properly went out with burning witches and chaining mental patients. However, one look in today’s Chicago media and it’s pretty clear some story-makers get judged more harshly and more personally than others.
The bigger-than-life Stephens family running Rosemont made the front page. A lot funny-money deals out there making the boys in that family very very rich. But how do the press cover it…? A wink, a nudge, and a ya-gotta-give-it-to-them tribute to their just-barely-legal free enterprise…
Then there’s Michael Phelps becoming the winningest Olympian. Amazing athlete, yet a few years back damned for using pot. But how does the press cover him now…? Hey, who remembers the little stuff when the guy is again winning the big stuff….
Next come those weekly headline-makers down in Springfield where Illinois’s budget crises keep getting tabled by back-room dealing. How does the press cover this…? With a shrug, that’s how. Oh, not that they aren’t condemning these pols, but the reporters have be doing it for so long for so little results, not even they get all that upset anymore. Pols will be pols….
Aha! But now there’s Jesse Jackson Jr. He’s had his share of good and bad press, like his dad; but this time, this time there’s a delicious extra layer of judgmentalism to it. This time the media have him not just with his hands in the public till, but his troubled mind in a mental institution. Diagnosed with — of all the flaws most deserving our sanctimonious judgment — depression….
Will the time ever come when we — the bold, the proud, and the sanctimonious — finally stop condemning mental illness as humanity’s most unforgivable sin?? The mind is not only a terrible thing to waste, but a tragic thing to misunderstand….
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