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.
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.