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The [Monday] Papers

"Until women hold 50 percent of elective offices in Illinois - and Congress, for that matter - the energy and effort to get more women voted in cannot let up," the Sun-Times editorial board said in a long editorial Friday.

This is a big, fat meatball right over the plate; you'd think there would be enough self-awareness and experience on the paper's editorial board to recognize the need for self-disclosure and a mea culpa within this piece. Something like, "We recognize we are failing too, and promise to do a better job." Then again, you wouldn't expect something like that.

To wit:

I don't know the makeup of the Sun-Times' newsroom - I couldn't find a staff list on their website - but the top four editors are all men.

I also couldn't find (in the time I allotted myself, at least) a complete list of the investor group that bought the Sun-Times last summer, but among the publicly named, the chairman is a man, the CEO is a man, the corporate restructuring expert is a man, and the biggest individual investor is a man.

In fact, all the members of the investment group shown in this photo are men.

So when Chicago Federation of Labor president Jorge Ramirez, the aforementioned chairman, said at the time of the purchase that "The little guy won here," he really meant it. At least the "guy" part.


I own 92.5 percent of The Beachwood Media Company; a male investor owns the remaining 7.5 percent. I would love to do better! Inquire within.


I edit and publish The Beachwood Reporter. I am male. I would love to do better! Inquire within.


Pretty Prehistoric
"I'm a sucker for a rom-com, but when Pretty Woman came out in 1990 I couldn't believe something so retrograde got produced," Northwestern professor Katie Watson writes in a Sun-Times opinion piece so I don't have to.

"So I was shocked to learn that in this #MeToo moment 28 years later, producers are still drilling the 'hooker with a heart of gold"'mine for cash, recycling Pretty Woman as a Broadway musical currently previewing in Chicago."

This is the theme of a post I've been meaning to write for almost a month - I opened a file on it on March 6th and it's just sat there waiting for me to flip through Google to find the plethora of source material over the years excoriating the movie's misogyny in order to make the point Watson is making. So good on her. Where is everybody else?


New on the Beachwood today . . .

McDonald's Breaks Promise To Raise Wages
Paystubs reveal the sham; company responds by claiming/admitting the pledge was not meant to be "ongoing policy."


The Gender Pay Gap(?)
"I thought I was supposed to be interviewing a feminist."

"I am a feminist."

In the latest episode of Jonathan Pie, TV Reporter!


The White Sox Report: Mighty Matt Davidson
Acquired from Arizona for Addison Reed, he seemed like a bust - until Thursday night


TrackNotes: Exclamation Point
Oh, what a race it was.


SportsMonday: Monumentally Cool
This extraordinary sports weekend was also about women's basketball and - wait for it - MLS soccer.



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Posted on April 2, 2018

MUSIC - Chief Keef Changed The Industry.
TV - Vizio's Best Product Is You.
POLITICS - UIC: Soda Taxes Work.
SPORTS - More McCaskey Malpractice.

BOOKS - All About Poop.


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