Chicago Teachers Authorize Another Strike; Press Rarely Notes Demands
December 15th, 2015 10:44 PM
The Chicago Public Schools system, from which came Arne Duncan, perhaps the nation's most execrable Education Secretary, is in serious financial trouble. So is the State of Illinois. Having already borrowed against next year's property tax collections, CPS somehow expects the state to bail out its underfunded pensions to the tune of $500 million. Though it has subsequently been narrowed, MRC-TV,…
10-1: Biggest U.S. Newspaper Editorials Lambast ‘Bigoted’ RFRA
April 7th, 2015 11:22 AM
One would think the editorial boards of the nations’ top newspapers – journalism’s brightest and best – wouldn't lightly throw around inflammatory language, slurs and insults.
But it appears that an Indiana law protecting the religious freedom of businesses and individuals is so beyond the pale it had the journalistic high-priests at many of America’s top 20 papers sputtering “bigot,” “…
Jackson's Endorsement of Emanuel's Opponent Not National News at AP
March 10th, 2015 2:11 PM
A review of the "Big Story" archive at the Associated Press's national site on Jesse Jackson's name returns quite a few instances where the wire service has treated the "Reverend's" self-injection into stories considered nationally important as noteworthy.
In addition to the predictable plethora of stories relating to Ferguson, Missouri and "police-communities tension," Jackson's name has…
Question the Press Won't Ask: Did Obama's Endorsement Hurt Emanuel?
February 25th, 2015 6:55 PM
Once you become Chicago's mayor — or one of its alderman, for that matter — getting reelected is ordinarily a fairly easy proposition.
The scheduling of Election Day, the fourth Tuesday in February in an off year, is deliberately designed to generate a low-turnout result. Incumbents' well-oiled political machines turn out their old reliable voters, while to have any kind of chance, challengers…
Barely News: Illinois Gov. Quinn Pulls Tweets Comparing Black Republic
April 25th, 2014 8:11 PM
A search at the Associated Press's national site on the last name of Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn and "Jews" at 7:30 this evening returned nothing.
That's pretty amazing, considering that Quinn's campaign enthusiastically retweeted its support for an outrageous April 17 column by Neil Steinberg at the Chicago Sun-Times. For all practical purposes, Steinberg equated African-Americans who…
Sharpton Holds Chicago 'Town Hall' on Gun Violence, 'Tea Party' Rhetor
December 22nd, 2013 10:48 AM
Attempting to build his national profile, Al Sharpton "took up residence on the West Side (of Chicago) in November and began hosting ... (weekly) town halls as part of an effort to find solutions to the city’s outsize homicide rate among young black males."
Rebel Pundit at Breitbart News reports that a Thursday meeting in the city's Hyde Park area not far from President Obama's Chicago home…
Chicago Sun-Times's Sweet: First Lady's Garden a 'Victim' of Shutdown
October 16th, 2013 5:10 PM
Ever eager to dutifully further White House spin, veteran Obama apologist Lynn Sweet hacked out a blog post this afternoon lamenting that "Michelle Obama’s White House garden [is] a weed-filled wreck, victim of shutdown."
Sweet set out to convince readers that while the White House veggie garden was the first lady's "signature project," she was powerless to thwart the ravages of Mother Nature as…
90% of Top Newspaper Headlines Censor Islam in Nairobi, Pakistan Attac
September 23rd, 2013 1:03 PM
Dare a top newspaper journalist to play connect-the-dots and chances are he’ll fail miserably – at least with drawing the line between Islam and terrorism. In Nairobi, Kenya last weekend, Islamist militants took over a high-end shopping mall and began executing non-Muslims. In Pakistan, Islamist suicide bombers detonated at a Christian Church on Sunday.
Yet on Monday, September 23, 90…
Alleged Okla. and Wash. Killers Have Common Thread: Violent Rap; Will
August 24th, 2013 2:17 AM
Note: This post contains graphic language and subject matter, and links to more of the same.
The UK Daily Mail has already reported that "The three boys alleged to have gunned down an Australian baseball player out for a run because they were 'bored' were influenced by an ultra-violent rapper." Specifically, "rather than being part of any gang, which had been suggested before, authorities…
Jackson Jr.'s Indictment News Light on Dem Party ID and Questioning of
February 17th, 2013 12:59 PM
Jesse L. Jackson Jr. was indicted on Friday, February 15, the final day before a three-day weekend, even though the information necessary to indict appears to have been in place for some time. Though it may be out there and I'm certainly willing to stand corrected, from what I can tell, the U.S. Department of Justice made no formal announcement when it filed its charges (10-page PDF). Based on…
Chicago Sun-Times Charges Joe Walsh With Evading Child Support, Doesn
February 12th, 2013 6:19 PM
One of the things that self-described “mainstream” reporters like to tout about themselves is that they do not publish stories without trying to talk to the people discussed in them.
Apparently those rules do not apply at the Chicago Sun-Times when the subject of a hit piece is former Republican congressman Joe Walsh. The paper on Monday posted a story attacking him but did not give him a…
Unbiased? 18 of 20 Top Newspapers Push Gun Control in Editorials
January 22nd, 2013 10:21 AM
At one time, newspapers were America’s source for news and current events. Today it’s a completely different story. While President Obama has declared a push to ban or limit types of guns, the nation’s major newspapers are nearly unanimous in their support of gun control. The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today and other most-popular papers led the list.
The consistent theme of almost…
Not Yet News at AP or Politico: Jesse Jackson Jr. Said to Be in Plea D
November 8th, 2012 1:10 PM
As of shortly before 1 p.m. ET, at the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, there is no story about what the Chicago Sun-Times reported Wednesday evening about just-reelected Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., namely that he " is in the midst of plea discussions with the feds probing his alleged misuse of campaign funds." There is also no story on the home page at Politico.
Chicago Sun-Times Columnist Marin Rewrites Parts of
November 3rd, 2012 6:12 PM
"A lot has changed in just four years" is the headline of a piece written by Carol Marin, political columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. In it, she writes:
Unemployment in 2008 was 6.7 percent. Today it’s 7.9 percent
The federal deficit was $1 trillion. It still is.