The [Monday] Papers
The Tribune introduces its first front-page ad today.
Jesus, Back To Bed is the best you could do? A mattress dealer?
Ad copy: "Tonight, get the sleep you dream about."
Yes, take the Tribune to bed with you!
I wonder if the powers-that-be thought a BP ad would be too hot to start with. Late last week and through the weekend, BP ads ran on the Trib website within pixels of the paper's stories about the oil company's controversial plan to increase the amount of crap it dumps in Lake Michigan from its Whiting, Indiana refinery.
The Sun-Times resumes its Product Placement Program.
What, is it National Mattress Week or something?
Rejected version: "Our obscene margins are slipping so we sold out the front page so our executives can keep raking in millions of dollars a year to maintain their jet-set lifestyle at the expense of the public interest."
Smith writes that "The revenue generated by new ads also will play an important role in funding the first-rate journalism and customer service we are committed to delivering each and every day."
Why am I skeptical that even a penny of the ad revenue derived will find its way into the newsroom?
"Do you think daylight-saving time could be contributing to global warming? The longer we have sunlight, the more it heats the atmosphere."
Kill Me Now
Findings: The most popular name by the richest 25 percent is Michael! As it is for the bottom 25 percent! But "you're 10 times more likely to find a child named Jack in a richer ZIP code than in a poorer one."
Alert the media!
Er, I guess they already know.
News meeting that took place somewhere other than the Sun-Times recently:
Editor 2: Look, we're in high school now. This isn't the junior high paper anymore.
I just find his work to be a bit incongruous with the new tone. Take his cartoon on Sunday of controversial former University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill.
"Who was that masked man?" Higgins has Churchill saying looking wistfully at a Lone Ranger in the distance. "Does he need a sidekick?"
Get it? Because Churchill is (supposedly) an American Indian. Like Tonto.
For further effect, Higgins has Churchill holding a piece of paper saying "Ward Churchill Fired - New low man on totem pole."
Get it? 'Cause Indians use totem poles and stuff.
I guess there was no room for a rain dance and a bottle of liquor.
Kill Me Now Again
Hardy Har Har!
Rush Job I
For example, if he wanted to hold a hearing about politicians and their relationships with companies whose bills they vote on, he could do that.
But really, shouldn't congressional hearings be about the public interest, not a congressman's interest?
Rush Job II
The Beachwood has obtained a list of other folks Rush has sent letters to asking for personal briefings:
* Matt Groening, for a briefing of The Simpsons.
Like the time Hitler used the Berlin Games for propaganda purposes, or the American boycott of the Moscow Olympics and the subsequent Soviet boycott of the Los Angeles Olympics, or Herb Brooks saying the Lake Placid hockey victory validated our way of life, or Steven Spielberg considering pulling out of the Beijing Olympics because of China's culpability in Darfur.
But yes, otherwise the mayor is right.
Wages of Gentrification
Percentage of every dollar spent at a chain store in Chicago that is: 43.
- Harper's Index
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Posted on July 30, 2007
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