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The [Thursday] Papers

Programming Note: There will be no Papers on Friday nor a Weekend Desk Report. I'll return on Monday.


"When President Trump declared on Saturday that reporters are 'among the most dishonest human beings on earth,' it was not the first time he had disparaged the press," Ronell Andersen Jones and Sonja R. West write in a New York Times Op-Ed.

And being a real estate developer, reality TV star and politician, he'd know!

"Nor was it out of character when, later that same day, his press secretary threatened 'to hold the press accountable' for reporting truthful information that was unflattering to Mr. Trump. Episodes like these have become all too common in recent weeks. So it's comforting to know that the Constitution serves as a reliable stronghold against Mr. Trump's assault on the press.

"Except that it doesn't. The truth is, legal protections for press freedom are far feebler than you may think. Even more worrisome, they have been weakening in recent years."


Now's when you click through to read the rest.


Illinois Agrees To Parole Reforms
Landmark settlement will provide attorneys to parolees unable to afford legal counsel in revocation hearings.


* The Old-School Journalism Of Wayne Barrett (and why I object to that headline/framing).

* In 1895, Ida B. Wells' Wedding Announcement Was On The Front Page Of The New York Times (long before she was a housing project).

* Netflix Rebooting Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (which I found offensive to both).

* Elizabeth Warren And Sherrod Brown Attempt To Explain Why They Backed Ben Carson For HUD (because Democrats are gonna Democrat?).

* The (Chicago) Man Who [Sorta Helped] Hack Jennifer Lawrence's Nudes Will Serve Nine Months In Prison.


A sampling.

Look, Trump did this each and every day during the campaign. This isn't new behavior. There is, however, a new determination by the media to call it out. I suppose that comes with the cynical belief that lies can be excused during campaigns, but not - unless they are dressed up properly as "spin" - once in office. That isn't to say the media failed to call out Trump during the campaign - the final months in particular featured one bombshell after another of misbehavior, to put it lightly. But there is also no doubt that the tenor of the coverage has changed; only now is the New York Times using the word "lie" in its headlines (an attitudinal shift I hope local media adopts in their coverage of mayors, governors and other public - and private sector - officials).



Her editors have allowed this for, literally, decades. That makes them even worse than she is.


Chicago Sun-Times launches a digital ad agency. Learn their secrets!





The Beachwood Tronc Line: Make it after all.


Posted on January 26, 2017

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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