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The [Thursday] Papers

I was out all day Wednesday and when I got home I learned that Dave McKinney had resigned.

You can find my running commentary, again, on Twitter.

I've been collecting the most interesting and salient reporting and commentary along the way and will have more at some point - not sure if it will be today. Trynta make a living.

I will say that both here and on Twitter I've been pushing my last podcast a little hard, but there's a reason for that. While I know most of you would rather read about this than listen to me yak about it, I really think in all un-Minnesotan self-promotion that my podcast is the best distillation of the whole chain of events that's out there. For one thing, I sample from all of the coverage of the last couple of weeks in chronological order to try to simplify and explain the saga and its twists and turns. For another, I show how the Sun-Times shifted its rationale for returning to the endorsement game several times in what I believe is a pretty damning way. Also, I show how the endorsement itself was the height of silliness; if you're gonna pull a stunt like this, at least do it cogently. Finally, I call out the weasels, which is always enjoyable.

(I also tell the story of perhaps my greatest regret in journalism; not going with the story in 2002 of then-Sun-Times publisher David Radler corrupting the endorsement process to give the paper's nod to Rod Blagojevich instead of Paul Vallas in that year's Democratic primary. Find out what I knew, who lied to me, and why I stood down.)

The podcast before that was about endorsements, too, and I think an important one - the main point being how the city's editorial boards are undermining reporters (and enabling lying pols who stiff the media).


The Ballad Of Bruce Rauner
Utterly brilliant. I'm not sure I've ever seen a campaign summed up so well in 3:51.

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: You Just Kick The Ball
Our very own Carl Mohrbacher takes us on another wild ride through Bearsville.

Chicagoetry: Sixteen Movies Ago
Heavy with greed.


* Rauner Ad: Hello, Springfield.


Non-Sun-Times TweetWood

Most disingenuous governor's race in modern Illinois history.


But I'm still gonna use "okay" instead of "OK" because "OK" isn't a word.


The Beachwood Tip Line: A-Okay.


Posted on October 23, 2014

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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