McCaleb most recently was the editorial director of Shaw Media’s newspaper operations in Illinois and Iowa, as well as the executive editor of the Northwest Herald, Shaw’s flagship daily newspaper serving suburban McHenry County.
If your political views are closer to those Giangreco expressed than not, imagine if a local news personality during Barack Obama's administration had posted something on Facebook that called his supporters idiots and put quotes around "birth certificate" the way Giangreco put the word "elected" in his Trump tweet.
That's the take on Chicago's street gang murders by Chris Hayes, the MSNBC anchor who came here to lecture us about how it ain't so bad. Here's what he said:
Chicago's status as the poster child of urban violence — even though it is nowhere near the U.S.'s most violent city, per capita — is "unquestionably" driven by a "concerted effort by particularly conservative media to highlight Chicago and violence in the city as a way of embarrassing President Obama," he said.
Comment: I presume this will impact Illinois outlets like WTTW and Illinois Public Radio, at least indirectly, though I don't know the details of their reliance on the national affiliates that receive federal funding.
Comment: She's leaving to do communications for a Dem politician, Comptroler Mendoza. Surprise, surprise. That should be a seemless transition. Let's hope IL Issues and NPR IL see this as an opportunity to eliminate their progressive bias.
CNN pre-empted its usual prime-time programming on New Year’s Day for a special two-hour film about the group Chicago. Only at the conclusion of the program did viewers get a subtle clue about the film’s origins. A credit line read: “Produced by Chicago.”
Comment: This article raises a good question, but it sure is ironic for the Washington Post to be criticizing CNN. Each has lost credibility.
"With this state-based expansion, ProPublica seeks to further address the business crisis of the press. The collapse of regional and local newspapers, and the drastic cutback of reporting staffs, has left accountability journalism at the state and local levels shrinking and underfunded, weakening democratic governance at a critical moment."
Comment: This is a good article as far as it goes, but it's only about the most blatant fake news. Much of the national media is shamelessly dishonest, albeit more clever about it. Their bigger reach makes them just as dangerous as the purely fake news.
"Your neighbors will gladly murder you, given the nod by authority, then blame you for bringing your own death upon yourself. They’ll then move into your empty house, live there guilt-free, and years later, should anybody be so impolite as to raise the subject of your death, deny it ever occurred."
"The fear is real" of that coming to America under Trump, says Steinberg.
Scary: “We want to figure out new ways to leverage our dominant position in the Chicago marketplace,” they say. They do some things well. Their real estate section is excellent. But their coverage of government is abysmal and biased.
Comment: And most of the public has come to see that, which is what's really significant. The media's credibility is gone. The implications of that will be deep and lasting. Exactly what those implications are is the next question. We'll see, but a whole new paradigm of how the public gets its information and forms its opinions probably will arise.
Despite the fact that DNC operatives have been exposed as the ones inciting violence at rallies – Robert Creamer and Scott Foval for example – and working overtime to bus in illegal voters and rig the vote – the media is going out of its way to paint Trump supporters and grassroots Americans as the ones plotting violence.
Comment: That especially goes for the Illinois media. Not a peep about the Creamer/Foval scandal, but they've gone postal over Walsh's comment, which is the kind of thing I hear many saying, none intending actual violence.
"Captured by video, the men’s self-incriminating comments and severances are being ignored by major media, which either pretend this never happened or are trying to besmirch the source... There's no 'supposedly' about it."
Comment: The Illinois press, in particular, has totally ignore what may be the most sickening story in this sickening election cycle, even though it's centered in Illinois.
Miller and the folks at IEPI may be trying to dispel the notion that people are leaving the city because of skyrocketing taxes and decades of poor fiscal management. But actions speak louder than poll results, and time will tell of Chicago will continue to see a mass exodus of taxpayers.
Comment: In other words, the establishment media have their near monopoly peddling crummy articles and the viewpoint of Illinois Democrats, and they want to keep it. That applies especially to Rich Miller of Capital Fax, who is the most diabolically skilled spin artist Illinois Democrats have.
"Another gulf that has opened in the same new media landscape—between the upscale few, who know how to access and digest serious political reporting in quality newspapers, websites, and opinion journals; and the downscale many, who for lack of discernment."
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Comment: That top prize was well earned, as are a few others on the list. But most of these others are a joke. Best editorials are Ann Dwyer at Crain's? Sheesh. They should have given one broad award for "Out to Lunch on Our Fiscal Crisis" to the entire press corps (with a few exception for Sun-Times reporters and Yvette Shields at The Bond Buyer).
Author Mary Pat Campbell is an actuary who writes about pensions.
Comment: She's absolutely right that readers want facts, not opinions. We see that here. Our most viewed article in the past year, for example, was on south suburban Chicago property tax rates. Most conventional news sources would reject it as far too long and too jammed with data. Wrong.
In a letter to Justin Dearborn, CEO of Tribune, which owns The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and nine other dailies, Gannett CEO Robert Dickey reiterated Monday a private April 12 offer to pay $12.25 per share, a 63% premium to Tribune’s closing stock price last Friday. Gannett’s deal includes assuming $390 million of Tribune’s debt outstanding as of Dec. 31, 2015.
Comment: Reads like an endorsement of WirePoints' approach: "Americans are more likely to rely on news that is up-to-date, concise and cites expert sources or documents. They want to be able to navigate the news app or website easily and quickly, without having to wade through intrusive or annoying ads."
Comment: Great, as long as their purpose is disclosed, as it evidently is: “We have a point of view, and we want to advance that point of view in terms of policy solutions,” said Dan Proft, who heads the PAC. What a contrast to Crain's, which also has a clear agenda but doesn't say so. Especially glad to see these new papers will focus on pensions, the source of most of our problems, about which Crain's is worthless.
In a written statement issued Wednesday, Sandra Martin, chief financial officer =of Tribune Publishing, said Ferro’s “divestiture will create a very clear separation of ownership and avoid perceived conflicts of interest, while also providing millions of dollars for community programs and other charitable causes.”
Comment: Separately, Dold said he wants to "cover the hell" out of politics. Let's hope Dold recognizes how poorly the fiscal crisis is covered. Political reporters just don't understand fiscal issues well enough to cover them.
Sun-Times Holdings Chairman Bruce Sagan said he isn't focused on whether the Chicago Sun-Times will ultimately fold into its larger rival, Chicago Tribune, now that the two papers have owners in common. Instead, he's all about keeping the Sun-Times “viable,” in the face of shrinking industry revenue and circulation.
Sarah Karp, whose son attends sixth grade at a Chicago public school, said while reviewing CPS paperwork, she found that the CPS Board had quietly approved a $20-million contract with SUPES Academy, so she wrote it up on Catalyst Chicago.
People have been saying that the Sun-Times wouldn’t make it another year since time immemorial but this time, it feels real. It would be a pity if it is. The Sun-Times still has the strongest reporting on City Hall, the South Side, education, and crime of any daily news operation in Chicago, and there are a lot of talented people still clinging on.
Comment: That's true. We've criticized particular stories or reporters sometimes, but it will be a loss if they close. Especially for many nuts-and-bolts basic news, the Sun-Times is the only regular source that is not behind a paywall.
For a man leading a digital revolution, Tribune Publishing CEO Jack Griffin is surprisingly sanguine about the enduring value of newspapers.
He believes they're still likely to exist in 10 years, and that 20-somethings will keep picking up the newspaper-reading habit, he said in an interview this week. He also doesn't discount the possibility that newspapers will continue to account for more than half his company's revenue in 2025.
Just our unfunded pension liabilities exceed the combined damage from Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.
Tribune charged with wishing for catastrophe, racism, insensitivity. Rahm plays the race card, says Tribune "morally reprehensible they would use the unfortunate death of 1500 people – poor and colored people – that way."
Why a simple "drop dead" is the right answer for most of McQueary's critics.
"Bruce Rauner's campaign was not only right to challenge the merit of publishing a poorly sourced story that served a purely political purpose but also to bring up the possible connection between this "war on women" article, its accompanying ad campaign and the wife of the reporter who essentially crafted the very concept of such a campaign."
Sen. Terry Link, D-Waukegan last week aired what was reported as a plan to stabilize police and fire pension funds in Illinois. Hogwash. It was a political stunt designed to impose a five year moratorium on police and fire pension reform, and there was no objective basis for calling it anything but. All too common in Illinois.