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Incoherence at the Tribune

John Powers 29 January 2008 2 Comments

The Chicago Tribune has dedicated some editorial resources to reading other publications to find out more about Todd Stroger’s planned reorganization of the Cook County Hospitals management. The Editorial Board at the Trib tells us that they do not like what they are reading in other publications about this reorg.

The Tribune’s coverage of the shakeup has been limited to one story, which also questions how independent this board can be. It is a good question, but still begs for some background. How does the Tribune hold off on a story like this for a week without publishing any details of the proposal? Is the crack staff at the Tribune so busy telling us that Barak Obama is probably not a Muslim (today’s hapless lead op-ed, and similarly hapless feature in the Tribune’s “Seeker” blog) or digging into Drew Peterson’s Ebay sales to skip the #1 budget item in Cook County?

The Sun-Times still hasn’t found the space for this story.


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