Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Slum Times Desperation

Now they're going to start running columns from a dead guy in an effort to boost sagging circulation numbers:
  • Last week, on the 21st anniversary of his death, we republished a vintage column by Mike Royko, the greatest Chicago columnist ever. We probably shouldn’t say that out loud — that Royko was the best — for fear of offending all the fine columnists working today. But they know it. It’s true.

    The column we reran from 1980, about the stupidity of our nation’s weak gun laws, seemed incredibly relevant to our own times, which, when you think about it, is depressing. Readers responded enthusiastically, though, leading us to this thought: Let’s bring Mike back.

    If the Tribune can run Classic Peanuts, and Coke can sell Classic Coke, we can — and really should — run Classic Royko.
Somehow irony is lost on the "Borrowed" Times. When Royko wasn't writing about the decline of civilization, reminiscing about taverns, the newsroom and softball games, his imaginary barfly friends, 16-inch softball, ribs, and the Cubs, he wrote extensively about political corruption - something the Slum Times (and Tribune) studiously avoid lest they irritate their political masters. And now, the Slum Times is going to ride to its grave re-posting the columns of a man already in his grave two decades.

Bizarrely fitting.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let’s see them run this one:


5/08/2018 12:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If they would have asked the tough questions and not been involved in fake news maybe they wouldn't be where they are.

5/08/2018 12:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which is ironicbeing that Royko left the Sun TImes to work for the Tribune. "No self-respecting fish would want to be wrapped in a Murdoch (Sun Times) paper". Referring to Rupert Murdoch's lust for b.s. rather than news.

5/08/2018 12:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What did thirty years of Chicago Gun Control do FOR CHICAGO or its citizens?

Remember when we were complaining about the eight hundred (800!!!) dead two years ago, and people said it could have been worse like it was in the nineties? Chicago Gun Control made it worse.

5/08/2018 12:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe they will mess up, and accidentally publish one of his corrupt Chicago Pol columns? All you need to do is update the names!

5/08/2018 12:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm guessing by law that the Sun owns
the rights to his work. Digging deep into
the vaults to stay afloat. Shameful. The
new generation just can't write.

5/08/2018 12:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Environmentally Friendly! They are recycling!

5/08/2018 12:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh stop, Royko was a damn leftist. Yes, he observed how corrupt our politicians are in Illinois and he also commented about what a lousy president Reagan was. What's this about weak gun laws? What, we don't have a 2nd amendment right to own firearms? I guess not in these progressives minds. We have that as one of our many rights to keep know it all assholes like Royko, Obama and Jane Byrne from turning us into subjects instead of citizens.

5/08/2018 12:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take one of Mike Royko's old corruption columns, change a few details and SOME of the names, and it will be Pulitzer Prize worthy.

5/08/2018 12:53:00 AM  
Blogger Baby"G" said...

This will not go over well in the 11th Ward. Remember, Royko was a major critic of King Richard the Greater, Richard J. Daley! Royko even wrote a book, that was a classic on Chicago Political Corruption called "Boss" about the elder Daley. And what does it say about the depths to which Chicago Journalism has stooped, that they have to run columns from a guy who has been dead for over 20 years! Baby "G"

5/08/2018 01:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Desperate times at the Sun Times. Just take your last deep gasp and die already.

5/08/2018 01:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


They might as well just stream live videos of their staff ass fucking the corpses of slaughtered hogs.....it would be in better taste.....

5/08/2018 01:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

on their way out.pathetic.

5/08/2018 01:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Typical democratic tactic - use the dead.

For votes...

For pushing a bullshit narrative about guns being bad and so they should be banned...

whatever. I never see a slum times unless it's left behind somewhere, and then I throw it in the trash.

5/08/2018 01:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

His liver was buried with full honors....

5/08/2018 05:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This ploy STILL won't bail'em out....Buh Bye........

5/08/2018 06:28:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. SouthSide said...

The "fine" journalists of today? Seriously? Royko might have been a liberal but he was no lap dog like the "fine" journalists of today.

5/08/2018 06:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grasping at straws, when surely their core audience won't give much merit to the writings of an old dead white man.

5/08/2018 07:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Royko got Bernadini fired in 024 for a little dust up with a Loyola Seminary student.

5/08/2018 08:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In my opinion Royko was the best.
As much as I don’t care for the Sun Times I would enjoy seeing reprints of Royko’s articles.

5/08/2018 08:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Royko and Slats Grobnick are crying in their beer somewhere while contemplating the sad state of the ScumTimes and journalism in general.

5/08/2018 09:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Royko used to refer to Murdoch as the emigrant,,,loved him..

5/08/2018 09:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Royko always chomped at the bit of political correctness. It was said that conservatives viewed him as a bleeding heart, and liberals viewed him as a loose cannon. He got into trouble near the end with a column that was humorously critical of Hispanics. He was growing more politically incorrect, and you got the sense the Tribune heaved a sigh of relief when he suddenly died in Florida.

5/08/2018 09:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The article is linked here: https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/take-it-from-mike-royko-machineguns-dont-kill/

Absolute leftist drivel.

5/08/2018 09:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how's that rigorous gun control working, useless guber-mint ahs? demonrats support gun control because they don't want their constituents/relatives to get shot up as they car-jack, home-invade, etc.

5/08/2018 10:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how's that rigorous gun control working, useless guber-mint ahs? demonrats support gun control because they don't want their constituents/relatives to get shot up as they car-jack, home-invade, etc.

5/08/2018 10:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As much as I miss Royko's biting columns, especially when he railed against corruption and/or fought for the little guy, he had it all wrong when it comes to the 2A. I did like his book titled "Boss", which was all about old man Daley and company. To trot out an old column condemning guns and private gun ownership is stupid and shortsighted. The elite, the rich, the well connected have always had access to firearms or armed guards. (Chicago Aldermen for example)
Those who deny the rights guaranteed under the Second Amendment do not have your best interests in mind. Citizen, protect thyself with all means available.

5/08/2018 10:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had a few occasions to drink with Mike Royko present at the old Stop 'n Drink next to the old 18th District station. When intoxicated he could be very nasty and very anti-2nd Amendment. RIP Mike.

5/08/2018 11:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They try to make it sound like there have been no gun laws passed since 1980.

5/08/2018 11:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Royko just about single-handedly eliminated legal open carry in Illinois so fuck him and those like him

5/08/2018 12:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Sun Times is The Dun Times

5/08/2018 12:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I taught State and Local Politics at Northern Illinois University, I always included Royko's Boss in the reading list. You cannot understand urban politics unless you understand ethnic politics, and Royko was the master of discussing this subject.

He also took some decent and well deserved swings at Daley Senior. Most media hacks today lack his courage and writing ability.

5/08/2018 03:24:00 PM  
Anonymous cmeat said...

last time i had a beer with royko was at the pinch penny pub in printer's row, somewhere between the plymouth cafeteria and the big pickle.
my folks liked royko so we always got the daily news. when they folded we started getting the trib. i guess they didn't like him enough to subscribe to the "sum tines." not even sum tines.

5/08/2018 03:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"" Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had a few occasions to drink with Mike Royko present at the old Stop 'n Drink next to the old 18th District station. When intoxicated he could be very nasty and very anti-2nd Amendment. RIP Mike.

5/08/2018 11:14:00 AM""

I worked on a truck for a while after I got out of the service. The drivers all universally despised him.

5/08/2018 05:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look at a free copy you find, the advertising is getting so much "ghettolicious" small no name companies that attract nothing! They will be gone soon, and to think a former rich Chicago alderman raised in privilege Ed Eisendrath, took investors for a ride and now they will lose everything! Hey just like the north shore rich boy mayor we have, privileged, agitator, wealthy,conniver the similarity are endless! Wonder does Eisendrath have a hidden wedding dress, or most likely a parachute so he can jump from a top floor and escape when the investors come for his head! Wait a dam minute if the citizens in chiraq cared they would be at city hall with torches lit rushing in and dragging the man out along with his cohorts responsible for all the murder,maiming,and mayhem in chiraq!

All that matters now is protecting blue lives,and the families of our blue brothers and sisters everyone else loks like your on your own! everyone else get this immediately and practice the life you save may be your own or your children's:
Concealed Carry License

Chicago has become totally lawless,and you can thank the elected democrats for doing this, but you will continue to vote for them and give them your hard earned cash for their back pockets and campaigns lemmings!

5/08/2018 05:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Royko didn’t get Bernadini fired in 024, Bernadini got Bernadini fired in 024. He was a goof.

5/08/2018 06:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They should reprint Irv Kupcinet, classic Li’l Abner and The Gallows.
That should bring circulation up-to-snuff.

5/08/2018 07:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Royko was a big lyin asshole. In January of 1979 he wrote a column labeled “Naked goes the host” total one sided bullshit. I know I was there. So quit with the great Royko shit.

5/08/2018 10:23:00 PM  
Anonymous I'm Justa Wise Guy I/F said...

SCC it's obvious. The Scum-Times has entered the 'death tunnel', and the welcoming hand of Mike Royko has manifested itself. Many of the surviving 018's have memories of a drunk, mumbling, and piss-panted Royko at Clark St.'s infamous 'Stop and Drink' bar. Another fine example of Chicago's journalistic community. Before I forget, a big "FUCK YOU" shout out to the soon to be defeated rahm. God bless the police everywhere. TY SCC.

5/09/2018 07:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't give them a dime to read their anti-American, cop hating, leftist liberal garbage. They can all go throw themselves on a trash heap for all of the damage their snowflake agenda has done to Chicago.

Don't link me up with the Chicago Tribune either, I'm not paying to see their online or newsstand edition for the same reason.

5/10/2018 12:17:00 AM  

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