October 24, 2017

'Kill this awful deal' / Caught abusing kids or stealing? No problem / Anne Frank's diary

‘KILL THIS AWFUL DEAL.’ Chicago Tribune columnist Robert Reed says he’s rarely seen public outcry against a merger as strong as that unfolding against the acquisition of WGN-TV and Radio owner (now a separate company) Tribune Media by Sinclair Broadcast Group.

U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin in Crain’s: “The Sinclair-Tribune merger … threatens local broadcasting as a trusted and diverse voice for its viewers in Chicago.”
Mother Jones reporter Andy Kroll explores Sinclair’s brand of “terrorism alerts, right-wing commentary and ‘classic propaganda’”— and shares a “strange email exchange” in which Sinclair’s “pro-Trump founder” reveals his contempt for journalism.
Columnist Mark Oppenheimer: Why does the public hate the news media?
The New York Times uses a new “investigative video reporting” technique to stitch together what happened at the Las Vegas massacre, minute by minute and (smartphone) pixel by pixel.

‘IT LOOKS LIKE A MALE LEGISLATOR … ASKING A FEMALE STAFFER OUT TO DINNER … THEN PROCEEDING TO … ASK IF SHE’S SINGLE.’ An online open letter spells out scenarios of sexual harassment in Springfield and directs women to a petition that at least one female legislator has signed.
The owner of award-winning Chicago restaurants has fired an executive chef and a general manager after a “personal” and “inappropriate” photo of a female employee was shared among staff without her permission.
An ex-aide to scandalized moviemaker Harvey Weinstein is risking her financial settlement to share details of her harassment and turn the spotlight on non-disclosure agreements like the one she signed.
The Daily Show compares Fox News’ coverage of harassment by Weinstein and by its own disgraced employee, Bill O’Reilly.

‘THE IMAGE OF A CHICAGO POLITICIAN WITH A PILE OF CASH WOULDN’T SIT WELL.’ But Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown reports his roommate on his trip to Hurricane Maria-ravaged Puerto Rico, U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, put donated funds “to good use many times over.”
A survivor living without electricity for a month and a half: “It’s like going back in time.”

SEARS: NO BUCKS TO WHIRLPOOL. Whirlpool appliances—including Maytag, KitchenAid and Jenn-Air—are on the way out at Sears.
Washington Post analysis: “238 cities are wooing Amazon. The winner may end up with a very bad deal.”
The often skeptical Tribune editorial board calls the state’s bid to lure Amazon’s new HQ “sensible.”
Your governor on a Harley. (Sun-Times screen grab of a Rauner campaign commercial.)

CAUGHT ABUSING KIDS OR STEALING? NO PROBLEM. The Chicago Public Schools’ inspector general reports 163 ex-schools employees permanently banned from district jobs later landed jobs with the city’s privately managed charter and contract schools.
The Sun-Times: Schools CEO Forrest Claypool is asking to spend up to $28 million on consultants—even though the district’s broke.
Northern Illinois University is ending higher tuition charges for out-of-state students.

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ANNE FRANK’S DIARY. A passage from it will be read at all Italian soccer matches this week—reaction to antisemitism among the fans.
USA Today: Around the world, Trump-like leaders are on the rise.

WAIT UNTIL NEXT FOO. The Foo Fighters are returning to Wrigley Field in July.
Roger Adler, the Chicago-area guitarist who jammed with Bill Murray in the 1993 classic Groundhog Day, is dead at 63.

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