SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Question of the day

Monday, Jan 7, 2013

* From a Crain’s editorial regarding the looming sale of the Chicago Tribune

Certainly, the newspaper has lost its status since 2000, when Tribune Co. bought the Los Angeles Times. Still, its sale to an out-of-town owner could end Tribune’s run as the most influential media outlet in Chicago. There are a couple of reasons to avoid that.

As a stand-alone entity, the paper would surely lose resources and staff, jeopardizing the sort of important journalism it still does.

First, it’s clearly better for Chicago to be home to one of the largest private companies in the U.S. Big corporations with engaged CEOs and headquarters here are part of the stew that makes us a great city. Think of St. Louis, where Belgium’s InBev bought locally owned Anheuser-Busch Cos. Next time the town needs a new stadium, it’s doubtful the brewer’s execs would pick up the phone.

Second, Chicago Tribune unmoored from a corporate parent is diminished. As a stand-alone entity, the paper would surely lose resources and staff, jeopardizing the sort of important journalism it still does, such as recent series on flame retardants, pension scams and debt problems in the suburbs. Who will pick up the torch? Certainly not thinly staffed “hyper-local” news sites or ambulance-chasing TV stations.

What’s more, Tribune is the only media outlet in Chicago willing to maintain the civic responsibility of vetting every candidate for public office, now that the Chicago Sun-Times has renounced that duty.

* The Question: Do you care if the Tribune is sold to an out-of-towner? Take the poll and then explain your answer in comments, please.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


25 Comments
  1. - grand old partisan - Monday, Jan 7, 13 @ 12:32 pm:

    Hey, we have an out-of-town Mayor - why not an out-of-town newspaper!


  2. - Crime Fighter - Monday, Jan 7, 13 @ 12:37 pm:

    The Illinois ownership has been a failure. They might as well have been owned by the Koch brothers.

    Crain’s is just right up there when it berates the Sun-Times, - a paper that just keeps getting better, when it says: “now that the Chicago Sun-Times has renounced that duty.”
    If we want to talk about renouncing any duty to be a sane, fair, and impartial news organization, no need to look farther that the Crainnies and the Tribbies. -Sheesh.


  3. - shore - Monday, Jan 7, 13 @ 12:43 pm:

    Most people I know stopped reading it 10 years ago so the answer is no.


  4. - J - Monday, Jan 7, 13 @ 12:49 pm:

    I voted No. The Trib is so parochial, to the point that they’re not sure if Chicago truly is a global city.

    I know this might shock some people over there, but Chicago is not Cleveland.


  5. - Anonymous - Monday, Jan 7, 13 @ 12:51 pm:

    I voted yes, I do not see the paper becoming worse. Something needs to be done and I only see an upside


  6. - Newsclown - Monday, Jan 7, 13 @ 12:54 pm:

    Based on their editorial page, the Trib was bought out by Martians or the aliens from the movie “They Live”, some time back, so foreign or out of town ownership may be moot now… That paper was once something really great. It is a shadow of those days when the powerhouse combo of paper, TV/Radio/ and Da Cubz ruled the media landscape.


  7. - Jimmy - Monday, Jan 7, 13 @ 12:56 pm:

    No - since they don’t endorse local Democrats (in a Democratic State, County and City) ever - any out of town owner (with the exception of Rupert Murdoch) has a better chance a doing a fair job of political analysis and endorsements than sticking with an out of touch and unfair local team.


  8. - Crime Fighter - Monday, Jan 7, 13 @ 12:59 pm:

    If Murdoch buys the Trib we may able to enjoy the ongoing saga of the AFSCME/Quinn conspiracy to redistribute the wealth of our oppressed Illinois millionaires. Fox can toperate it to double-down on the crazy.


  9. - Louis G. Atsaves - Monday, Jan 7, 13 @ 1:03 pm:

    I voted no. We still need local voices who care in Illinois, whether you agree with them or not. Will they be diminished as a stand alone newspaper? Sadly, this may happen. An example is the Chicago Sun-Times.

    The Chicago Sun-Times purchased all the collar county dailies and Pioneer Press local weekly papers a few years back. The results for the most part for the local Pioneer Press papers has been abysmal, with skeleton crews manning what is left of that chain. Local suburban news went from being strongly covered to being barely covered. The dailies are also struggling for relevance and resources and now their editorial offices are all being consolidated.

    I know it is a new media world out there, but . . .


  10. - Skeeter - Monday, Jan 7, 13 @ 1:04 pm:

    No, largely because I don’t think the Tribune currently does a very good job of covering City Hall.

    If you want to know the number of murders or the weather or who the Cubs are playing, it is great.

    If you want to know about what the City Counsel is up to, you will rarely find it in the Trib.


  11. - CircularFiringSquad - Monday, Jan 7, 13 @ 1:11 pm:

    We voted “no”
    The Trib is a shell of what it once was
    Their sleezy dealings with Blagoof knocked them out of any serious consideration.
    There must be better uses for the money


  12. - Joe M. - Monday, Jan 7, 13 @ 1:20 pm:

    It would only mean that the Tribune would get its information from the Koch Brothers instead of the Commercial Club of Chicago. Not a whole lot of difference.


  13. - zatoichi - Monday, Jan 7, 13 @ 1:26 pm:

    I grew up in Chicago where the Trib, SunTimes, and Wally Phillips there every morning. Jobs moved us around the country. Always found at least the Sunday Trib at local bookstores. Moved back to Illinois and the regional distributor stopped carrying it. Have not missed it. Too many other options and any major story gets covered multiple ways. 60 Minutes just had a story on how big city papers are struggling to survive. If the locals do not support the local institutions how are newspapers supposed to be around?


  14. - walkinfool - Monday, Jan 7, 13 @ 1:56 pm:

    I just hope they get the resources needed to responsibly cover the news, regardless where the new onwers reside, and that the owners respect their local focus.


  15. - ArchPundit - Monday, Jan 7, 13 @ 2:11 pm:

    —First, it’s clearly better for Chicago to be home to one of the largest private companies in the U.S. Big corporations with engaged CEOs and headquarters here are part of the stew that makes us a great city. Think of St. Louis, where Belgium’s InBev bought locally owned Anheuser-Busch Cos. Next time the town needs a new stadium, it’s doubtful the brewer’s execs would pick up the phone.

    Is Crain’s seriously saying that the Busch’s were engaged in Saint Louis before the InBev takeover?

    Wait, they seriously compared Saint Louis–a city of about 320,000 to Chicago? Even when compared by metro areas, they still aren’t comparable.

    But let’s go back to the Busch’s being engaged? The Busch’s lack of engagement with their own company let alone Saint Louis is the whole reason InBev was able to buy the brewer fairly easily.

    The difference since InBev bought Busch? Not much. Apparently there is a difference in where they are sending some of their potential MBAs, but that’s about it.


  16. - wordslinger - Monday, Jan 7, 13 @ 2:16 pm:

    No. No one could be worse than Zell, who’s gutted every Trib property — especially The Trib, WGN-Radio and LA Times — to maximize short-term revenues at the expense of quality and brand value.

    He always intended to chop up the company and sell off the parts, anyway.

    Strange argument coming from Crains — publisher of Crains Cleveland Business, Crains Detroit Business, Crains New York Business and European Rubber News (my favorite), among others.


  17. - railrat - Monday, Jan 7, 13 @ 2:37 pm:

    voted no, agree with all above mostly cuz I’m a Sox fan !!!


  18. - Anyone Remember? - Monday, Jan 7, 13 @ 2:42 pm:

    No - Because of the abysmal coverage of the Illinois pension issue, particularly when contrasted with the St Louis Post Dispatch’s coverage (and the clear demarcation of news vs. editorials) of the St Louis City Police and Fire pension issues.


  19. - Arthur Andersen - Monday, Jan 7, 13 @ 3:49 pm:

    I voted a lukewarm no. Mostly agnostic.
    Besides, who reads Crain’s?


  20. - 47th Ward - Monday, Jan 7, 13 @ 3:50 pm:

    I voted yes, but mostly out of nostalgia for the golden days when newspapers were owned by a wealthy family (like Marshall Field). Some years they made money, some years they didn’t, but they covered the city and provided readers with news about our public business.

    I was once a delivery boy for the Small family’s flagship, the Kankakee Daily Journal. It wasn’t a great paper by any stretch of the imagination, mostly AP stories, high school sports and the police blotter (they ran Doonesbury on the opinion page so they were hardly “liberal” media, whatever that means). But like them or not, the Smalls were boosters for their city, and that’s part of what I want in a daily paper.

    So yeah, I care and I would much prefer it if one of Chicago’s wealthy families steps up and tries to create something from the wreckage that is the Tribune. Anybody from out of town is simply going to focus on the bottom line, and that won’t serve anyone well.


  21. - amalia - Monday, Jan 7, 13 @ 4:39 pm:

    really need to have two papers that care about local news. fear that will not happen without out of town owners. also fear some of the names mentioned to buy.


  22. - Liberty_First - Monday, Jan 7, 13 @ 5:00 pm:

    Ask the LA Times what they think about that issues. Hint: their subscriptions have been in free fall for many years.


  23. - Wensicia - Monday, Jan 7, 13 @ 5:35 pm:

    I don’t think where the new owners are from is as important as who they are, what they plan for the future of the paper.


  24. - Ray del Camino - Monday, Jan 7, 13 @ 8:27 pm:

    Funny that Crain’s mentions St. Louis, where Lee Enterprises has eviscerated the once-proud jewel of the Pulitzer crown, gutting coverage to pay bonuses to the bosses. The worst of vulture capitalism. Agree with Word, though, that Chicago Trib fans can’t do worse than Zell.


  25. - Anyone Remember? - Tuesday, Jan 8, 13 @ 9:20 am:

    Ray del Camino

    Yes, Lee enterprises has savaged the staff at the St Louis Post Dispatch. But the staff’s financial difficulties haven’t bled into the news stories about government pensions, unlike the Tribune.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* Long list of appointments by Gov. Rauner
* Question of the day
* *** UPDATED x1 *** The Democrats' budget time bomb is starting to explode
* State threatens to zap all Chicago GSA school funding
* Another optics problem
* This is why we can't have nice things
* Tiny, secluded county wants no part of ATV plan
* It's just a bill
* Feds drop drug conspiracy charges
* Governing ain't easy
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * The Week in iPad Cases: Backpacks from Spigen and iSkin, an OtterBox screen protector, and more
        * Improve your game of Go (or just keep playing) with this collection of apps
        * Apple's missing out on X: Where X is whatever isn't shipping yet
        * Apple and Samsung tied, Microsoft + Cyanogen, LG G4 & more – Pocketnow Daily
        * What is the future of Windows Holographic?
        * Anton thinks: Windows Phone is not good for me
        * Microsoft DT-903 review: wireless charging is brighter than ever (Video)

        * Why Amazon has a big opportunity in product crowdfunding
        * Roomer Travel Lets You Sell Your Non-Refundable Hotel Reservations
        * Louis CK’s New Straight-to-Fan Special Has No Buzz – and It’s Doing Better Than His First One
        * Try a Writing Meditation If Sitting Still Isn’t Working For You
        * 3D printing: Who’s investing now and what’s coming next
        * Why QR codes are the blinking VCR clock of the 21st century
        * Why the real world is the next big opportunity in big data

        * Terrerobytes: More about the White Sox's fateful dinner
        * Rodon leads White Sox trio on list of Top 100 Prospects
        * Inbox: How will new-look Sox lineup affect Abreu?
        * Keith Law likes the White Sox (more than PECOTA does, anyway)
        * Which prospects will make the Top 100 cut?
        * White Sox embrace their position as favorites
        * White Sox embrace position as contenders

        ...............


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        January 2015
        December 2014
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Rauner's CFO sharpens axe for Illinois budget..
        * Governor to find out if Illinois is ready for '.....
        * 8 Stories You May Have Missed This Week..
        * Crowds gather for Ernie Banks memorial service,.....
        * Friends, Family Remember Ernie Banks at Memorial..
        * WATCH LIVE: Ernie Banks Memorial and Procession..
        * Audio: Ernie Banks Memorial Service..


        * Southern Illinois town investigating suspicious fires
        * Cubs legend Ernie Banks remembered for unwavering optimism
        * Illinois suspends Rice, Cosby indefinitely
        * Cubs teammates say Ernie Banks was about more than baseball
        * Up to foot of snow possible for Midwest, Northeast
        * Chicago mayor wages lively campaign with no big challengers
        * Up to a foot of snow possible for parts of Midwest
        * Pair sentenced to prison for $665 million financial fraud
        * Gov. Bruce Rauner defends paying staff more than Quinn
        * Illinois threaten to withhold funds if district don't test

        * Bill to ban pure caffeine introduced in General Assembly
        * Rauner defends paying staff more than Quinn did
        * Local lawmakers named to paid committee positions
        * Decision looms on ATV facility in western Illinois park
        * 'Right to Try' bill would give access to experimental drugs
        * Top Rauner staff receiving higher pay than Quinn's
        * Springfield lawmakers want oversight commission to monitor 10th Street rail promises
        * Rauner staff receiving higher pay than Quinn's
        * New DNR director Rosenthal touts experience
        * Rauner wants bureaucratic cuts in education, elsewhere

        * The paperless office is here, so why is Acco stock up?
        * Elected or apppointed? Pick your poison for Chicago Board of Ed
        * Governor to find out if Illinois is ready for 'right to work'
        * Rauner's CFO sharpens axe for Illinois budget
        * These fast-food chains are resisting the gluten-free craze


          * Cops: Man found dead in South Chicago neighborhood
          * Ernie Banks memorial: 'I needed to come say goodbye'
          * Cicero man commits suicide while in Cook County Jail
          * $300K bail set for man accused of shooting woman
          * Police: Charges filed in Southwest Side shooting
          * Girl, 6, dies after police find her in bathtub in Marquette Park
          * Police look for missing 15-year-old Lawndale girl
          * Police seize $6.7 million worth of cocaine


          * Latest Update: Springfield Area Expecting 3-6 Inches
          * Springfield Attorney Picked To Chair Illinois Gaming Board
          * Up To 8 Inches Of Snow Forecast For Springfield Area
          * Could Rauner's Spending Hold Derail New Train Routes?
          * Listen to State Week - January 30, 2015
          * Rauner Staff Receiving Higher Pay Than Quinn's
          * Rauner Defends Higher Staff Salaries
          * Unmasking Ernie Banks
          * Guzzardi Wants Parents To Be Able To Opt Kids Out Of Testing
          * National Weather Service Latest Snow Projections


          * In My View: Remembering Mary Lou "Smokey" Schneider
          * Charles Krauthammer: Auschwitz, today
          * Bill to ban pure caffeine introduced in General Assembly
          * Rauner defends paying staff more than Quinn did
          * Local lawmakers named to paid committee positions
          * Decision looms on ATV facility in western Illinois park
          * 'Right to Try' bill would give access to experimental drugs
          * Our Opinion: Residency not the best gauge of loyalty
          * Cary Collins: Other options for fixing Illinois' pension problems
          * E.J. Dionne: For the Patriots, without apology


          * Efficiency Stats - Penn State
          * Street closures listing
          * The String Cheese Incident in Chicago
          * Wolf Branch seeks sanctions from parents who filed racial bullying lawsuit
          * Saturday SportsTalk 01-31-15
          * Coffee with the Plant Experts 01-31-15
          * Penn State Pregame 1-31-15
          * Big 12 Boys Basketball Standings
          * Two found dead in Williamson County home
          * Men's Basketball: Illinois vs. Penn State


          * Column: Brady the greatest ever in SB? Not so fast
          * Robinson hits late runner, Pitt tops No. 8 Notre Dame 76-72
          * AP source: Ricky Rubio to return Monday against Dallas
          * Duquette puts Toronto in past, focuses on improving Orioles
          * Streaking, injured Hawks will be short-handed vs 76ers

          * Proposed Amendments to the 2015 Homeland S...
          * Congressman Aaron Schock Helps Release Pri...
          * Congressmen Plan House Speech on Chicago's...
          * U.S. reps from suburbs sound off on Obama'...
          * Subcommittee Continues Work Toward Pro-Job...
          * Davis To Obama: 'Do Everything In Your Pow...
          * Pro-Amnesty House Republican To Deliver Sp...
          * On 42nd Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Shimku...
          * Rahm Touts New Law to Clear Juvenile Polic...
          * Shimkus Votes for No Taxpayer Funding for ...

          * Drive to repeal medical device tax no slam......
          * Flake joins group pushing to end travel re......
          * GOP 2016 presidential race tops Sunday tal......

          * Obama Has Given Iranians “80 Percent of Wh......
          * Congress already listening to Netanyahu on......
          * How Congress voted this week...

          * Karen Lewis: “I felt like I made God laugh. There are so many people worse off than me.” VIDEO
          * Keeping retirement weird. Tomorrow I get my post retirement pension increase. But the banks get a bigger one.
          * Rauner appoints Springfield attorney Don Tracy as new Gaming Board head
          * The [Tuesday] Papers
          * The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #36: This Year's Super Bowl Is Peak NFL
          * Mike Klonsky: Duncan and CPS at war over PARCC.
          * Conservative Women's Network: A Free Market State Legislative Agenda for 2015
          * Sandack bill will allow Illinois municipalities to seek bankruptcy protections
          * Tryon Petitions Madigan to Reinstatement House Mass Transit Committee
          * Illinois Watchdog Radio - Live on IR


          * IDHS reminds eligible workers to take advantage of free tax help and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) - More than 30 sites offer free tax services Statewide
          * IEMA, American Lung Association Launch Health House - Radon Excellence Program in Savoy - Two Champaign builders coordinating with Heyworth radon mitigator in program to reduce radon-related lung cancer risks in new homes
          * One Confirmed Case of Measles in Illinois
          * Governor announces latest round of agency appointments
          * Rauner announces “Turnaround Team” - Stellar team to help turn Illinois around




              Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller