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*** UPDATED x1 - Double-down *** They really make this too easy…

Friday, Feb 27, 2015

* The same editorial board which defended candidate Bruce Rauner’s refusal to talk specifics about his magic beans budget ideas during the campaign, and has since refused to write about specifics of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget cuts, is now demanding to know specifics about Chuy Garcia’s budget ideas.

* And that very same editorial board, which was so unconcerned about specifics during the 2014 campaign and the FY 2016 budget, is now demanding that Mayor Rahm Emanuel get specific and “tell us the whole truth” about how he’ll keep the city’s finances on an even keel.

Care to guess which editorial board that is?

*** UPDATE *** The editorial board doubled down this afternoon with a little ditty entitled: “Emanuel, Garcia: Tell voters how you’ll fix CPS”

We’ve been waiting — along with voters — to hear mayoral candidates tackle the budget issue head on, with specifics. […]

The campaign debate so far has focused on hot-button education issues — charter schools, the closing of those elementary schools, student standardized testing and whether to elect a Chicago school board. All of those are important. But none matters as much as the looming budget crisis.

Hilarious.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

60 Comments
  1. - Wordslinger - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 10:09 am:

    Self-parody.


  2. - AC - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 10:14 am:

    I’m going with the Dewitt Daily News, because there’s no way it could be a large influential newspaper like the Chicago Tribune.


  3. - Lil Squeezy - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 10:16 am:

    The Vandalia Leader-Union?


  4. - Tim Snopes - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 10:17 am:

    Reasons I will not subscribe to their paper or digital edition. A once proud paper now a partisan disgrace.


  5. - ash - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 10:17 am:

    I’m with AC, couldn’t be a paper with any credibility — the National Enquirer?


  6. - NewWestSuburbanGOP'er - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 10:18 am:

    The Daily Planet?


  7. - Cubswin7 - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 10:23 am:

    The World’s Greatest Newspaper? Self-parody.


  8. - Richard - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 10:23 am:

    As long as we are calling B.S. on the Trib edit board’s inconsistency, did you catch Kristen McQueary’s column this week? She hits Chuy (deservedly) for his “ferry dust” promises and lauds Rahm for making tough choices, but then says she didn’t vote for Rahm because of his arrogance. Then who did she vote for? Wilson, Fioretti, and Walls were spreading the same ferry dust. Maybe she wrote in Bruce Rauner….he does have a home in Chicago.

    http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-82913842/


  9. - Anonin' - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 10:23 am:

    We pick the ERV Free Press, Stu Levine editor.
    They apparently lost their radio septic tank this week too. What a heartbreaking loss. First Uline pet rock, Proft, then fasteddie kewpie doll Kassamoron. What will the Raunerville knuckleheads tune into?


  10. - South of Sherman - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 10:24 am:

    OOOH! I KNOW! I KNOW!


  11. - Toure's Latte - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 10:24 am:

    Streetwise.


  12. - Left Leaner - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 10:26 am:

    The Onion?


  13. - Past the Rule of 85 - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 10:26 am:

    Jeff Spicoli, editor of the Ridgemont High Times?


  14. - From the 'Dale to HP - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 10:26 am:

    Change the name to the DuPage Tribune and the Ed Board is no longer an issue.


  15. - Annon3 - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 10:27 am:

    - Large influential- not sure any of those exist anymore
    I am going with the Walnut Leader


  16. - Anonin' - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 10:28 am:

    Unless Chicago elections allow non residents to vote we don’t McQ gets a ballot


  17. - Dirty Red - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 10:30 am:

    I’m going to guess Slugline in honor of House of Cards Day.


  18. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 10:32 am:

    @FakeStatehouseChick - Our editorials are really fact check based. The fact our checks were on the line with Rauner, that was a fact. #ConsistentHypocrisy


  19. - MrJM - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 10:34 am:

    We can make light of it but the Trib’s editorial board consists of Very Serious People™!!1!

    – MrJM


  20. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 10:36 am:

    “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.”

    Oh, ye hobgoblins.


  21. - Grandson of Man - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 10:39 am:

    The We’re in Bankruptcy but We Throw Stones at Others’ Financial Houses Daily.


  22. - Jerry 101 - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 10:40 am:

    The daily herald? Southtown star?


  23. - walker - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 10:40 am:

    The “Editorial Board” output is so inconsistent, I sometimes wonder if they have a “writer of the day contest” where the loser gets to put his or her own opinion up as the editorial, and the others don’t even bother to read it.


  24. - Amalia - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 10:41 am:

    oh, the Trib’s inconsistencies on endorsements even goes to the Aldermanics. it’s clear that they know/care more about certain races, almost to the point of the personal and ignore/treat with barely surface knowledge some races. funny, but the Sun Times just got back in the endorsement game and their aldermanic coverage was way deeper than the Trib’s.


  25. - whetstone - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 10:45 am:

    “Daley’s failure was the stretching, the spending, the pretending that nothing bad would ever put Chicago on the road to Detroit.”

    “Explain not just why, but how, you won’t let that road take us all the way to Detroit.”

    :-/


  26. - Big Joe - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 10:45 am:

    Angel Martin’s “Quentin Courier”?


  27. - VanillaMan - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 10:48 am:

    Um - an archaic old rag of a paper in a death spiral of stupidity and bankruptcy?


  28. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 10:53 am:

    Got to be The Gilman Star


  29. - whetstone - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 10:54 am:

    –The “Editorial Board” output is so inconsistent, I sometimes wonder if they have a “writer of the day contest” where the loser gets to put his or her own opinion up as the editorial–

    Editorial boards are a weird beast. They hew to a particular ideological slant despite changes in personnel, some of whom don’t, writing under their own name, share that ideology.

    So editorials are, lots of times, conceived by committee and written by individuals on behalf of the board as a whole. I’m not surprised when many of them turn out to be gibberish because the process is… odd. In some ways, I think unsigneds are dumb and counterproductive, because that process leads to bad writing and bad arguments.

    On the other hand, as someone who writes a fair amount about history, they can be really useful for taking the temperature of politics at a certain time. As a look into Chicagoland establishment ideology, the Trib’s unsigneds can be really useful.

    E.g., they basically said “we’re sick of Quinn, you are too, vote for Rauner on gut instinct that he’ll be awesome even if he hasn’t said anything about what he’ll actually do.” Is that good for guiding and educating the citzenry? Well, no. Does it reflect a significant reason why Rauner got elected? Yeah, I think it does.


  30. - PolPal56 - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 10:58 am:

    The Clay County Advocate-Press. It made a nice change from the high school sports reports and church service notices.


  31. - bwana63 - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 11:13 am:

    The Mayberry Journal?

    The Trib is plumbing new depths, which, sadly, says it all.


  32. - Wordslinger - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 11:26 am:

    Anyone who plays the “Detroit” card is just hopelessly stupid, and knows absolutely nothing about Chicago or Detroit. It’s beyond reason.

    It should be noted the “another Detroit” card first got played in the runup to the 1987 mayoral election. The idea was if you kept on electing black mayors they would be as corrupt and incompent as Coleman Young.

    The irony, of course, was that the long dictatorial reign of
    The Great White Hope was chock fulla corruption and stupefyingly incompetent when it came to the city government’s long term fiscal condition.

    All these fiscal time bombs set to go off can be laid right at the feet of the World’s Greatest Mayor, whose Indispensable Man cult of personality was in large part a creation of the World’s Greatest Newspaper.


  33. - Tornadoman - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 11:27 am:

    Alex, I’ll take ‘Midwest Hypocrites’ for $800.


  34. - QCLib - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 11:40 am:

    The Oquawka Current is just relentless!


  35. - vise77 - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 11:41 am:

    I can’t help but think that writers who regularly write some crap are beyond the power of not only reason but shame and embarrassment. In its own way, it’s rather sublime.


  36. - Obamas Puppy - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 11:43 am:

    Tribune hypocrisy part 1,000


  37. - anon - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 11:50 am:

    Thank you McQ for the scolding that I am just a dumb voter who cares only about personality. Now that you’ve enlightened me, I’ll ignore all of Rahm’s bad policy decisions and embrace him like a cuddly teddy bear. Keep spinning the “there’s nothing worng with Rahm but his personality” narrative. I’m sure the 1% will be very happy with thinking that.


  38. - Wensicia - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 11:55 am:

    MAD Magazine?


  39. - Crafty Girl - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 11:55 am:

    The Weekly Shopper?


  40. - Carl Nyberg - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 11:56 am:

    The Tribune always finds a way to blame the Left.

    During the Bush administration when the GOP controlled both houses of Congress, the Trib found a way to blame Democrats for two bombs in Turkey.

    I read Tribune editorials very infrequently after that.

    The double standard on fiscal policy is pervasive in corporate media. The Left is expected to present specific plans and take the heat for them. And “Conservative” pols aligned with 1%, banks & corporations can campaign on vague platitudes.


  41. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 11:57 am:

    @FakeStatehouseChick - when we endorced Rauner in the primary it was simple. What I was trying to say was how simple-minded it is when paychecks enter the endorsement. #IncredibilyLessCredibile


  42. - cdog - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 11:57 am:

    Makes me wonder what is hidden in the dark depths of the world of private equity. Sigh.
    It would not surprise me if there was a link between Rauner’s GTCR and Tribune Publishing or Tribune Media. (I could only find Rauner’s 1040 without any supporting schedules so hard to tell where that $53million AGI in 2012 was generated)


  43. - Anyone Remember - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 12:12 pm:

    Jack Clarke has returned as Publisher of the State Journal Register?


  44. - Kurt in Springfield - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 12:28 pm:

    @Tornadoman 11:27

    Name the newspaper located in the midwest best known for its hypocritical editorials.


  45. - Kurt in Springfield - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 12:30 pm:

    Kurt in Springfield buzzes in first.

    “What is the Chicago Tribune?”


  46. - anon - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 12:34 pm:

    === The double standard on fiscal policy is pervasive in corporate media. The Left is expected to present specific plans and take the heat for them. And “Conservative” pols aligned with 1%, banks & corporations can campaign on vague platitudes. ===

    Well said!


  47. - Precinct Captain - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 12:38 pm:

    Steve Rhodes ripped them pretty good yesterday. http://www.beachwoodreporter.com/column/the_thursday_papers_446.php


  48. - HGW XX/7 - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 12:43 pm:

    Back in 1984 Rupert Murdoch acquired the Chicago Sun-Times. The late great Mike Royko promptly quit the Sun-Times to work for the Chicago Tribune stating “no self-respecting fish would want to be wrapped in Mr. Murdoch’s newspapers”.

    Now fast forward to today with the Tribune’s current devolution to a newspaper of inconsistency, irrelevance, and editorial hypocrisy becoming just another basic partisan rag. If Mr. Royko was still with us today at what point would he have made this same assessment of the Tribune?


  49. - Wordslinger - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 12:52 pm:

    Tribune Publishing is still controlled by the institutional investment funds that that were left holding the bag when Tribune Co. emerged from bankruptcy.

    The largest is Oaktree Capital Management. The single largest investor group with Oaktree is public pension funds.

    In effect, the Tribbies are owned by public employee pension funds. Go figure.


  50. - scott aster - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 12:54 pm:

    Maybe it is time for Bruce & Page to retire and get some new blood. How about KASS???


  51. - very old soil - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 1:16 pm:

    HGW

    Royko would ask Rich for a job!


  52. - Rod - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 1:24 pm:

    Scott, Kass is a truly terrifying thought, besides he gets paid more than most of the current executives for basically cranking out a lot of hot air and doing almost no serious journalism. Why would he want to actually work?


  53. - Enviro - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 1:35 pm:

    The Red Herring Times


  54. - Buzzie - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 2:12 pm:

    Bruce Dold has the same creditability as Sammy Sosa did at his congressional hearing pertaining to steroids.


  55. - Cotts - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 2:18 pm:

    Precinct Captain — thanks for that link. I read that McQueary column and strained my neck trying to follow her logic. Pick a freaking lane!


  56. - Norseman - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 2:25 pm:

    The BeaconFused. (Nod to my hometown paper.)


  57. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 2:26 pm:

    No Kass. Never. Ever. Ever. Ever.


  58. - Redux - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 3:28 pm:

    Agree with its politics or not, McQueary is dragging down the quality of the writing on the ed page. Come back, Cornelia!


  59. - Stones - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 3:39 pm:

    Streetwise?

    J/K


  60. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Feb 27, 15 @ 4:51 pm:

    To the Update;

    @FakeStatehouseChick - we learned from Bruce, if you want to be a hypocrite, double down, and people forget how preposterous it sounded in the first place #HowsThatTheTwoBruces


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