Monday, December 29, 2008

Sun Times Goes First?

  • CHICAGO (AP) - A little more than a century ago, Chicago boasted 11 daily English-language newspapers.

    The fierce competition among them, immortalized in the 1928 play "The Front Page," even turned bloody at times, and that drive to outdo one another led to 35 Pulitzer Prizes, journalism's highest honor.

    Today, only two major dailies remain in this city of 3 million, and both are in serious trouble from declining circulation, plummeting ad revenue and a new kind of competition that threatens to make newsprint itself obsolete.

A halfway decent retrospective of what Chicago media used to be. The article opines that the Sun Times will be the first to go. Our money is on a merger at the moment.

Once the papers (or at least their editorial staffs) became part of the Daley Machine/Illinois Combine, the papers lost credibility. Does anyone seriously think it was unusual that Blago expected the Tribune to play ball with him over editorial coverage if he threatened to hold up the sale of Wrigley Field? Where does anyone think Patti Mell-Blago got the idea? She learned it on daddy's knee.

Pay to play isn't just for polticians. Media companies want to play, too.

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33 Comments:

Anonymous HATER said...

I LOVE THAT PAPER CALLED THE ONION.

I CAN ONLY FIND IT ON THE NORTHSIDE WHEN IM DRUNK THOU!

12/29/2008 12:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fakes. They are just as bad as our crooked politicians. Our crooked newpapers. That's right, we have crooked newspapers in Chicago everyone. Maybe one or two straight writers. That's it.

12/29/2008 02:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just now looked at the _Sun-Times _web page, and up there in the banner is "WEATHER -- WATER YOU WORRY?" Other days, it's "CRISPY" or "PURPLE" or something.

Aren't we clever. I'd noticed ABC's downright insulting World News Now late-night news program doing things like this maybe twenty years ago. "World News Temperature Index -- 678 degrees."

Completely meaningless -- and on top of that, when they got letters honestly asking them what it meant, they made a great point of reading the letter on the air, rolling their eyes, and then throwing the letter on the floor without an explanation.

ABC would also put up the names of small towns in what they called "flyover country," with forecasts like "Weather -- Goo gooey."

It was as though some affluent, nasty, overprivileged teenage children had sneaked into the studio at night and turned the transmitter on. It really made me understand just how much the New York/L.A. media crowd hates America.

Now it would seem that the _Sun-Times_ has gotten the same idea -- has taken the same tone with us. As with the _Tribune_, it seems to have become more of a collection of web logs and "outsourced" Internet features than a newspaper.

Not long ago, I wrote here on SCC about what the Chicago _Tribune_ used to mean to us, and how it gradually moved itself out of our lives. Well, the _Sun-Times_ never did mean a thing to us to begin with -- even the classified ads were inferior for our purposes to what the _Tribune_ used to offer.

Oh, well. Goodbye, _Sun-Times_. Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

Wait! I know! Like the _Tribune_ has done, they can save themselves by starting up a Spanish-language newspaper (subsidized by the paying English-speaking readership) and giving it away on street corners for nothing...

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12/29/2008 03:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Again right SCC they were part of the daley-blago-madigan-burke-stroger-etc combine, and they fell big time by supporting the corrupt assholes! The tribune finally took a stand lets hope the sun times does the same and offers up daley on a silver platter to Fitz! Come on time more investigative reporting put daley away and hopefully gain some traction to survive! If not we will still have SCC!

12/29/2008 06:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Chicago media has completely failed in the mission to delve into matters in this city. They are COMPLETELY owned by the daley machine who feed stories to people like sneed (and others) while they (the media) gives daley the heads up about stories they may or may not print way ahead of print time.

12/29/2008 06:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a lesson to be learned. The Slime& Fibune sucked the Mayors ass on a continual basis & this is where it got them. Good.

12/29/2008 07:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Newspapers are going to start to become socialized. The Liberals will ensure that they get subsidized or a bailout. They cannot afford to lose their propaganda machine. Look at how the Sun-Times and the Tribune are marketing Obama election memorabilia.

12/29/2008 07:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep canceling those subscriptions. Sports fans, read scores on-line. Crossword fans, buy a book of puzzles.

About once a year, I receive a solicitation to subscribe to the New York Times. I always mail it back to them with a "Dear Assholes..." note inside. They have to pay the postage, thus hastening their demise. Try it, it'll make you feel warm inside.

12/29/2008 08:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing how every single thing in this City is disintegrating isn't it?
And it's all connected. How very Zen-like.

12/29/2008 08:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't tell you how pleased I am that the Scum Times is on the ropes. Is there any copper who day in and day out sees this so called newspaper print their version of a police shooting, including the VICTIM (pointed a gun at police!!) that is supposed to feel for these assholes?
Or how about this behind the scenes look at the fucking savages involved in the bloody April weekend? It did nothing more than glorify these gang banging thugs and tell us how hard their lives were before they took another's life!! Are you fucking kidding me, that's journalism?
Meanwhile their crack staff scours SCC to look for stories they end up printing several days later! wow- Pulitzer worthy stuff Scumtimes.
I do not and will not feel bad for this piece of shit paper that makes it's living shitting on the Chicago Police Dept. and all our goings on. Right now they are just withering away seeing that the Blago fiasco has fizzled slighty, and waiting for the Burge trial so you can kick us again---FUCK YOU from the bottom of my heart Scum times!!

12/29/2008 08:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adios to the both of them. Any standards of journalistic integrity slid into the sewer years ago. Shills for the pols, Profit hungry moguls of media have turned the papers into incredibly lame blog spots, except they lack the credibility of SCC, and lack the will to simply report the news without shading it.

The only redeeming feature in either paper is John Kass. He is not a Royko clone, but capable of mixing analysis, news and humor.

12/29/2008 08:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never read that rag, the Sun Times, and after being a 15-year subscriber to the Tribune, I cancelled in November. When asked why I was cancelling my subscription, I told them I didn't like their new "improvements" to their layout of the paper but primarily, I wanted unbiased reporting, "like in the old days."
Good luck finding that I guess.

12/29/2008 09:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHAT WILL MOPRAH DO????????????

12/29/2008 09:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys watch the HBO series Deadwood?

when the rich dastardly arch villan had a fall out with the populaist trouble some local newspaper he did not buy it out and shut it down.

He just made his own newspaper!

12/29/2008 10:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT... from Breaking News

Shooting Outside River North Nightclub

A man was shot in the knee during a scuffle outside a River North nightclub early this morning, Chicago police said.

The shooting happened about 3:30 a.m. outside the Ontourage Nightclub, 157 W. Ontario St.

The victim, was in good condition, police said.

No one was in custody.

December 29, 2008 at 4:27 AM
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Shot in the knee!!!

SHOT IN THE KNEE???

Looks like Chalkie can make some extra Holiday cash teaching a DISCOVERY CENTER course on "RAISING THE BODY COUNT: A Guide For Whitey To Make Every Shot Count During Armed Confrontations"!

12/29/2008 11:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A SIGN OF OUR DECLINING CULTURE! ALL EMPIRES FALL-THE USA IS NEXT. WE ARE FAST BECOMING A THIRD WORLD NATION WITH THIRD WORLD CITIZENS-SEMPER FI

12/29/2008 11:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just let my southtown subscription expire too

12/29/2008 12:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep canceling those subscriptions. Sports fans, read scores on-line. Crossword fans, buy a book of puzzles.

About once a year, I receive a solicitation to subscribe to the New York Times. I always mail it back to them with a "Dear Assholes..." note inside. They have to pay the postage, thus hastening their demise. Try it, it'll make you feel warm inside.

12/29/2008 08:04:00 AM

__________________________________

Good idea, thanks.

12/29/2008 01:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love when the sun times calls asking for me to sign up for a subscription to their bird cage liner. I just ask the person if Moprah is still employed as a columinist and when they say yes, I inform them that I will sign up when she is fired.

I also do the same with the Trib regarding Dawn Tripe Turner.

12/29/2008 01:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i still kinda miss the chicago daily news, why did it fold again?

oh, some higher order reading & comprehension level was required to get through it? i don't recall seeing too many shitbird/bust-out domeciles with that paper on the table... damn, am i dating myself again?

-61 Fury-

12/29/2008 01:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

>>>You guys watch the HBO series Deadwood?

when the rich dastardly arch villan had a fall out with the populaist trouble some local newspaper he did not buy it out and shut it down.

He just made his own newspaper!

12/29/2008 10:01:00 AM<<<

Think about it. Isn't that what we have done here. SCC and the rest of us have created a new form newspaper. It is our daily news not DALEY'S NEWS and we get our vox populi in like nowhere else.

Where else do you get local, and some national and international news that is fit for consumption by our community.


I hereby nominate secondcitycop.blobspot.com for the Pulitzer Prize for excellence in journalism.

12/29/2008 04:34:00 PM  
Blogger Stop the presses/ Patrick said...

TODAY NEWSPAPERS, TOMORROW TELEVISION NEWS PINKY http://stopthepresses2.blogspot.com/2008/12/today-newspapers-tomorrow-television.html

12/29/2008 04:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And it's all connected. How very Zen-like.

12/29/2008 08:07:00 AM"


actually, the connection is the disconnections.

12/29/2008 09:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adios "SCUM TIMES"

12/29/2008 10:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who needs news? Let's all make everything up like pooky at the scene of a shooting or bad accident. Then we can all expound on the original lie. It will be just like watching CNN.

12/29/2008 10:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sun-Times Media Group(symbol SUTM) closed today at $.05.

The 52 week hi/low is $2.87 and $.02

12/29/2008 11:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the scumtimes is sooooo far to the left thinking.....they believe their own bullshit propaganda...oh i guess you can use it for toilet paper

12/29/2008 11:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like we will see a slight "up-tic" in prostitutes with the Slum-times letting people go. We will find some editor, or reporter in full costume doing a little A-to-M with someones pee-pee in a west side alley for $5. I would almost feel sorry for them, but they get what they deserve!

12/30/2008 03:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Criminals, all of them.

12/30/2008 02:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've written here about the apparent coming demise of both the _Tribune_ and the _Sun-Times_; these are only symptoms. Both newspapers are hollow shells of themselves in the same sense that Chicago is no longer what it once was.

The substance has been eaten away, leaving only the outer form to deceive the unwary. This is what happens in a forced-"multicultural" society with no metaphysical basis where everything - good or bad --is declared to be "equivalent."

Buying stuff won't fix this anymore. "Dwindling crowds for day-after deals...the promise of bargains fails to attract consumers..." says the _Trib_ -- and it's not really the economy that's to blame. The rats are up to their ass in shopping-mall debt and bloated with SUVs and big screens and cell phones and silly shoes and no matter how much they gobble it doesn't make them feel good anymore. A new ring tone won't cut it.

Moving "to a better neighborhood" won't fix this anymore; white copper's kids in Hiawatha Park are some of the worst I've seen anywhere. Flee to Naperville? You'll get attacked on the Riverwalk by illegals from Aurora. It has come to the point that whatever you back away from, you will eventually back into.

I believe it was Theodore Roosevelt who said "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."

Food for thought for the New Year -- we all see the symptoms every day, but what is the disease?

Ask yourself this -- who is it that I am never allowed to criticize?

It is really drink-'em-up-time out there -- get the hat on sideways and the pant leg up and wander around in groups looking for trouble. Yo! Everyone stay safe this New Year's Eve -- see ya on the other side.

12/30/2008 08:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I still kinda miss the _Chicago Daily News_ -- why did it fold again?

"Oh, some higher order reading & comprehension level was required to get through it? I don't recall seeing too many shitbird/bust-out domiciles with that paper on the table...damn, am I dating myself again?

-61 Fury-

12/29/2008 01:54:00 PM"

Yeah, you have placed yourself before the time when bundles of something called _La Raza_ are dumped in the doorways of vacant storefronts to provide both litter for the wind to blow all over the street and something for bums to set on fire.

I love progress!

Oh...where can I go to get my free copy of _The Race_?

12/30/2008 08:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Sun Times,
Please don't go out of business. I'll have to find something else to use for toilet paper and fish wrappings.

12/30/2008 10:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Royko mentioned a few times in his articles how his editors were afraid of Jesse Jackson and not mention any subjects that would cst a bad light on "Hymietown". I just wonder how many Blacks did Jesse shove down the throats of the Tribune to hire and were any of them able to be loyal to the Trib or just to Jacksons whims?

1/01/2009 11:32:00 AM  

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