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Wednesday, Oct 9, 2019

* I somehow missed the bottom of this editorial until a buddy recently forwarded it to me

Editor’s note: A previous version indicated that Andrew Johnson was elected president. In 1865, Johnson, next in line as vice president, assumed the presidency after President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. The Tribune regrets the error.

Editorials reflect the opinion of the Editorial Board, as determined by the members of the board, the editorial page editor and the publisher.

What?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

24 Comments »
  1. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Oct 9, 19 @ 9:17 am:

    #FakeEditorial


  2. - @misterjayem - Wednesday, Oct 9, 19 @ 9:29 am:

    The Trib fessed up to this embarrassment, but never acknowledged that they scrubbed their editorial board member’s grotesque “In Chicago, Wishing For A Hurricane Katrina” piece.

    – MrJM

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/chicago-tribune-katrina_n_55cd2d8ee4b07addcb428b4c


  3. - The Big Salad - Wednesday, Oct 9, 19 @ 9:38 am:

    They made a factual error within a broader opinion piece. All editorials contain the latter portion of what you quoted. What are you questioning?


  4. - tildef - Wednesday, Oct 9, 19 @ 9:40 am:

    Bret Baier equating W to Lincoln in 2008 is the gold standard:

    “I tell you what — he thinks about Lincoln and the tough times that he had during the Civil War. 600,000 dead. The country essentially hated him when he was leaving office.”

    Um, he had just been reelected and, um left for the theatre. Wasn’t planning on “leaving office” or earth.


  5. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Oct 9, 19 @ 9:41 am:

    Oh… “Now” we’re fact-checking the editorial board and editorials.

    Now?

    Even the Tribune has a limit on the misguided mistruths the phonies on the editorial board can write?

    “Well, history said they were wrong”

    Ah. Got it. Only if obvious history says they’re wrong…

    This is only interesting when you decide to compare the other ridiculousness they decided to let stand… or as - @MisterJayEm - rightly points out, changing editorials in hopes no one notices that @StatehouseChick wished for the deaths of so many in NOLA;

    ===”I find myself wishing for a storm in Chicago — an unpredictable, haughty, devastating swirl of fury. A dramatic levee break. Geysers bursting through manhole covers. A sleeping city, forced onto the rooftops.

    “That’s what it took to hit the reset button in New Orleans. Chaos. Tragedy. Heartbreak.”===

    This was the unchanged version.

    There was NO recognition they changed it for @StatehouseChick

    But, a VP becoming President, yeah, we see our mistake.


  6. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Oct 9, 19 @ 9:44 am:

    ===They made a factual error within a broader opinion piece===

    They built an editorial around that error. An error, by the way, about a president from Illinois.


  7. - Skeptic - Wednesday, Oct 9, 19 @ 9:47 am:

    “about a president from Illinois.” And not just a guy from Illinos, Abraham Freakin’ Lincoln.


  8. - Precinct Captain - Wednesday, Oct 9, 19 @ 9:47 am:

    I would it’s par for the course for the Tribune editorial writers not to know the difference between an election and an assassination. Their worldview considers them one and the same as far as exercising state power.


  9. - efudd - Wednesday, Oct 9, 19 @ 9:50 am:

    The dumbing down of America.

    Mike Judge’s Idiocracy seeming more prescient by the day.


  10. - Cincinnatus - Wednesday, Oct 9, 19 @ 9:53 am:

    Thankfully, the US is blessed a large well educated, thoughtful, moderate, measured and civically minded population that won’t be bamboozled by demagoguery from the right or the left that rewrites basic US History…


  11. - cover - Wednesday, Oct 9, 19 @ 9:57 am:

    = Mike Judge’s Idiocracy seeming more prescient by the day. =

    That movie was intended as a comedy, but some people realized that it was actually a documentary ahead of its time. Turns out that we’ve reached the documentary phase much sooner than I expected.


  12. - Thomas Paine - Wednesday, Oct 9, 19 @ 10:00 am:

    The Tribune editorial board is selective about its facts, oftentimes ignoring their own newsroom’s reporting. In this case, they tried to ignore the history books in penning an editorial about the grave use of impeachment to overturn an elections.

    It’s a bizarre turnabout because McQueary has already admitted that what Trump has already admitted to is what Blagojevich was convicted of.


  13. - Benjamin - Wednesday, Oct 9, 19 @ 10:21 am:

    Anyone have the original version of the editorial? I’d be curious to see how central to their argument the Andrew Johnson thing originally was.


  14. - SAP - Wednesday, Oct 9, 19 @ 10:22 am:

    Andrew Johnson never ran in a general election for President. Oh, and that guy who the whole Land of Lincoln slogan refers to is only Illinois’ most famous son.


  15. - JoanP - Wednesday, Oct 9, 19 @ 10:22 am:

    The Trib can’t possibly be the World’s Greatest Newspaper. I’m in Europe at the moment, and their website is inaccessible here.

    “. . .our website is currently unavailable in most European countries. We are engaged on the issue and committed to looking at options that support our full range of digital offerings to the EU market. ”


  16. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Oct 9, 19 @ 10:23 am:

    ===Anyone===

    Google is your friend.

    It was so central… they issued an “Editor’s Note”

    Are you worried it was #FakeNews?


  17. - Poster Boy - Wednesday, Oct 9, 19 @ 10:40 am:

    Nice, attack the guy who wants to think for himself. Good form.


  18. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Oct 9, 19 @ 10:42 am:

    ===who wants to think for himself===

    Can find a link for himself too. This isn’t google.

    I’m confused. If a newspaper tells you they messed up, is the other side of that is telling that same paper they didn’t mess up?


  19. - Michael Westen - Wednesday, Oct 9, 19 @ 10:44 am:

    In other news, Dewey did not in fact beat Truman.


  20. - Amalia - Wednesday, Oct 9, 19 @ 10:47 am:

    check out the Tribune death notices today. under the Ds there is a name that is spelled two different ways, in the headlined notice and the other in the body, spelling out the name of the deceased. what is going on with copy over there?


  21. - Excitable Boy - Wednesday, Oct 9, 19 @ 11:44 am:

    On a related note can we please talk about Mr. Chicago Tough Guy Kass selling his home in Western Springs?


  22. - Michael Westen - Wednesday, Oct 9, 19 @ 2:02 pm:

    “On a related note can we please talk about Mr. Chicago Tough Guy Kass selling his home in Western Springs?”

    Why is that any of your business?


  23. - Excitable Boy - Wednesday, Oct 9, 19 @ 3:46 pm:

    Mike, take it up with Crains:

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.chicagobusiness.com/residential-real-estate/tribune-columnist-john-kass-western-springs-home-sale&ved=2ahUKEwjt0Ny4hZDlAhUESq0KHU-ZA8UQFjAAegQICBAC&usg=AOvVaw2vCu5pUJh83fvCO9a8skCh

    I just find it amusing.


  24. - dbk - Wednesday, Oct 9, 19 @ 4:30 pm:

    –“. . .our website is currently unavailable in most European countries. We are engaged on the issue and committed to looking at options that support our full range of digital offerings to the EU market. ” –

    Yeah, that is really disheartening. They’ve been “looking at options” for some time now.

    Of course the same goes for other papers in Illinois (and elsewhere, e.g. Baltimore Sun, Boston Globe, and [locally] the PJStar, my hometown paper).

    To the point: It does seem rather remarkable that the Editors forgot that Johnson assumed the presidency after an assassination ….


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