The National Review reports:
The most influential of these congregate around the deceptively named Free Press, a liberal lobby co-founded in 2002 by Robert McChesney, a University of Illinois communications professor.
His goals have always been clear. “At the moment, the battle over network neutrality is not to completely eliminate the telephone and cable companies,” he told the website SocialistProject in 2009. “But the ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control.” Earlier in 2000, he told the Marxist magazine Monthly Review: “Our job is to make media reform part of our broader struggle for democracy, social justice, and, dare we say it, socialism.” When I interviewed him in 2010, he admitted he is a socialist and said he was “hesitant to say I’m not a Marxist.”
Isn’t time to stop subsidizing tenured socialists who want to limit speech? Here’s more information on Comrade McChesney.
The Daily Caller reports:
The retail landscape has also changed since the malls’ heyday. Big box retail chains, like Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Staples put pressure on smaller specialty retailers. Non-mall retailers like Wal-Mart, Target and Kohl’s cut into the sales of classic mall stalwarts like Macy’s and Penney’s. Sears is a dead man walking. Large bookstores like Barnes & Noble and Borders wiped out mall staples like Waldenbooks, before being crushed by internet retail.
And, speaking of the internet, Amazon and other internet vendors have grabbed an increasing share of the retail pie. Mall retailers have responded by moving their own sales online and closing physical stores. Shopping by click has knocked brick and mortar stores for a loop.
Meanwhile, there is no evidence of some impending emptying of the suburbs and stampede to the city. From 2010 to 2013, cities grew by 2 million while the suburbs grew by 4.4 million.
Just a reminder.
The Chicago Sun-Times
Jeff Berkowitz reports on Rahm’s failure last night:
Rahm had a bad four years. He started with only 25% of the black and Hispanic kids in CPS reading at grade level and finished with that same number. Zero improvement. He closed 50 schools, upsetting a lot of residents and teachers and did very little to send those kids to markedly better schools. He raised 15 million dollars from the business community and couldn’t even spend it all. When you have kind of a nothing product, there is only so much advertising can do to overcome your ineptitude. Rahm squandered four years. He may get four more on April 7, 2015, but he will need to explain how he actually improves the ability of kids to read in CPS. All day kindergarten just doesn’t cut it. He needs to explain how he will make things much safer on the west and south sides of Chicago.
A lot of truth here.