Thursday, July 13, 2017

EXTRA: Postponing the inevitable?

It’s kind of pleasing to see that the Chicago Sun-Times will continue to exist as a separate entity – and not just some division of the company that gives us the Chicago Tribune.
Union paper gives good play to union corruption story?

No matter how much corporate types said they would maintain a separate staff to continue publishing a second newspaper, the reality is that corporate types would ultimately realize that they are better off putting the resources of the company into a single publication.

MEANING IT COULD have meant the death of the Sun-Times in a year or two.

Then again, there’s always the chance that the Chicago Sun-Times will remain an underfunded and understaffed publication that will meet its professional maker in that year or two anyway.

Could this move by which a group of investors led by former Alderman Edwin Eisendrath and which will get much of its funding from organized labor be merely postponing the Sun-Times’ eventual demise? And yes, I find it cute that another financial investor is now-retired Channel 7 news anchor Linda Yu,

Could it be that the only real difference  between this ownership and the proposed tronc, Inc. ownership will be a slightly feistier competing paper to go against the Chicago Tribune in the next couple of years? In which case, maybe it is a good thing in that we’ll get to enjoy a couple more years of a sense of competition in the newsgathering process before the sense of inevitable occurs.

AT THE VERY least, it will be interesting to see the editorial processes of the competing papers as we go through the electoral cycles leading to the Nov. 6, 2018 general election for governor.
Tribune downplays failure to buy competition

For the Tribune is making it clear they’re backing the actions of Gov. Bruce Rauner and would be overjoyed if all his “Dump Madigan!” trash talk were to have an impact.

Could the Sun-Times become the Voice of Labor, of sorts, against an official who has made it clear his priority is to undermine organized labor’s impact on our government? The anti-Rauner, which is humorous considering that Rauner himself was once a financial investor in the Wrapports company that no longer owns the newspaper.

Or will the real impact be that there will continue to be a place for comic strips that the Chicago Tribune has deemed unworthy of its own pages. “Sally Forth” and “Arlo and Janis” live on!


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