October 20, 2017

Sex assault scorecard / 'Great news' / WGN's fate

SEX ASSAULT SCORECARD. Axios has graphed decades of accusations against prominent figures, including Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly and Bill Cosby—when the attacks allegedly occurred (in some cases, decades earlier) vs. when the charges became public.

Weinstein faces criminal inquiries in at least three cities.
Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o details her history with Weinstein: “I knew I would not be accepting any more visits to private spaces with Harvey.”
Further repercussions:
Vox Media’s editorial director is out after admitting “engaging in conduct that … will not be tolerated”—a casualty of a “S**tty Media Men” spreadsheet and a Medium post that went viral.
The showrunner of Nickelodeon’s Loud House has been fired after charges of sexual harassment.
Tech pundit Robert Scoble faces accusations from at least two women.

‘I AGREED WITH EVERY DIPHTHONG, AND I HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO FEEL ABOUT THAT.’ Esquire’s Charles Pierce is at a loss for how to react to former President George W. Bush’s speech condemning Donald Trump.
Like Bush, former President Obama also criticized Trump without naming him.
Chicago community groups have drafted statements opposing plans for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago.

TRUMP ‘SHOULD STOP PRETENDING HE CARES’ ABOUT TRAGEDIES. Bloomberg columnist Leonid Bershidsky says the president “appears to lack the necessary sensitivity” to deal with things like the death of a soldier killed in Niger and so should just give it up.
Rachel Maddow: Trump’s travel ban maneuvers may have gotten those soldiers killed in Niger.
Members of Congress are demanding to hear more about that.
A retired “Navy Seal” praising Trump on Fox News was fake.

‘GREAT NEWS.’ Updating story: Trump is upbeat about the U.S. Senate’s approval of a budget that clears the way for a tax overhaul.
Some of Trump’s appointees have been showing up for work even though the Senate hasn’t confirmed their hiring.
Neil Steinberg sees Trump in Don Quixote: “Since I’ll be in charge of everything, I can do whatever I want. … The rich man’s folly passes for good judgment in the world.”

‘A BOON TO THE CITY’S RIVERFRONT.’ The Tribune’s Pulitzer-winning architecture critic, Blair Kamin, praises Apple’s new store, opening today alongside Tribune Tower.
Sources to WTTW-Ch. 11: Chicago, Cook County and Illinois are putting up to $2 billion in incentives on the table for Amazon’s new HQ2.
… Even as a Wall Street rating agency warns the county’s sweetened-drink tax fiasco will make raising revenue tougher.
But, hey, Chicago’s tech-driven parking-ticket crackdown is generating twice as much revenue as the city expected.

TRUMP TWITTER MUSEUM. The Daily Show’s traveling exhibit of the president's tweets is open for the weekend in Chicago.
Trevor Noah wraps up a week of broadcasts from Chicago.

WGN-TV AND RADIO’S FATE … is now in the hands of the FCC after stockholders of parent Tribune Media, over the objections of public advocacy groups, approved the company’s sale to the Trump-friendly Sinclair chain. (Link corrected.)
But the FCC is giving the public more time to weigh in.

IN THE MARKET FOR AN MBA? The Wall Street Journal says the University of Wisconsin is considering closing its program, citing a troubled market for graduate biz degrees.
A Tribune editorial challenges Gov. Rauner: “Show us the (private) money” for University of Illinois expansion plans in the South Loop.


ON THE PLUS SIDE, THEY DON’T HAVE TO DEBATE WHETHER TO GO TO THE WHITE HOUSE. The Cubs’ season is over, and here’s the way it looked from the Los Angeles side.