The [Monday] Papers
Rod Beck was one of the greatest, joyous characters ever to don a Cubs uniform. He captured the imagination of a city - and not only this city, by the way. The loss of such a memorable, colorful, and down-home regular guy deserved front page coverage. Instead, both papers buried the news of his death at age 38.
If our local newspaper editors want to return to their home planets now, that would be fine with me.
The Cub Chill Factor
"They just threw a lot of beer today," Howry said. "[Friday] was more haymakers. A guy grabbed a girl by the hair and threw her down three rows. I was like, 'Wow.'"
Um, is it just me or does this sound like news?
The point, apparently, is to report what the mayor says, not what he does.
Corruption Pays Off
"A large chunk of [Burge-related] fees went to Dykema Gossett PLLC. The 2004-2006 Sullivan's Law Directory lists the firm's 'government relations professional' as William Lipinski, the former Southwest Side congressman and longtime Mayor Daley ally."
Endorsements Pay Off
"Former Secretary of Commerce Daley met Obama backers in Shanghai and Beijing. They told him they could raise half a million dollars for the senator's campaign."
Sandor said critics just don't get the point of Obama's grass-roots movement.
"But we endorsed him anyway."
Head of the Fish
Instead of fixing the command, we'll just work around him.
"Letting City Hall police City Hall would amount to an unlearning of recent history," the Trib says.
Maybe we should just get a new City Hall.
Among the incredible ideas Bradley boldly puts forth: longer school days, more early-childhood education, better funded pensions, a reduction of defense spending, and more energy efficient cars.
Wow, what a fresh thinker!
"He has one big criticism for his own party, namely the 'fear of thinking big,'" Tackett writes. "Heard much like this from any of the actual candidates?"
Why, yes. Only all of them.
Next week: Making fun of Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul. You're supposed to just think big, not actually say big things out loud.
"'Look, it's probably something that we shouldn't have done, in retrospect,' Piniella said Saturday of the Soriano-to-center plan. 'I mean, I can't really tell you why we did it. I don't want to tell you why we did it.'"
A) We thought he was fast enough to play the entire outfield by himself.
"I wish I could share the dirt - and really, our lunch was like one of those vacuum cleaner commercials where the canister of filth is upended on a white carpet," Steinberg writes. "But there are libel concerns, and I wouldn't want to get any of the troopers feeding gossip to Judy into trouble."
Whoa! Libel concerns? Troopers feeding gossip to Topinka? What the . . . ?
First, it would be extremely difficult to libel the governor - or even those around him. Second, troopers are feeding gossip to the former state treasurer? For godsakes, why?
Finally, if any of the great dirt you got over lunch that you can't share with your readers is valid or relevant, Neil, please pass it on to the real reporters at your paper. But don't play coy with crappy little secret smears that you share over lunch with a public figure. (And your job, by the way, isn't to protect troopers - or Topinka.)
The Beachwood Tip Line: Apply directly to your forehead.
Posted on June 25, 2007
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