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[20 Jul 2015 | No Comment | ]

When we first started the Illinois Mirror to critique media bias, we thought our task would be somewhat difficult. Silly us. The Illinois media’s bias in favor of Democrats, labor unions, the minimum wage, nearly every social program to be initiated, re-appropriated, or otherwise funded is supported full on, regardless of past performance or in the face of common-sense economics. So it came as no surprise to us that a front-page piece in Sunday’s Chicago Tribune about how House Speaker…

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[3 Jul 2015 | No Comment | ]

Headlines are written to attract attention, of course, and in turning the pages of today’s Chicago Tribune we couldn’t help but turn our heads when way back on page 15 we saw this headline: “Greek media outlets elect to slant coverage before vote.” We wondered if this headline was what we thought it was. The writer is identified as: “Henry Chu Tribune Newspapers,” which means Mr. Chu is working pretty much alone in the Athens bureau. Perhaps isolation in Europe had…

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[10 Jun 2015 | No Comment | ]

Let’s not anyone faint out there among Illinois Mirror’s faithful readership, but we agree for the most part with Rex Huppke’s snarky, roughhouse column in Tuesday’s Chicago Tribune. Essentially, Huppke took exception with the hypocrisy he sees in Republic presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s scolding the Pope for preparing to side with the world’s alarmists on global warming…err…climate change.   Rick Santorum — who is not a scientist and not the pope — says Pope Francis — who has a science…

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[11 May 2015 | No Comment | ]

One of the criticisms of the modern media culture is the “News Analysis” piece. Pioneered by The New York Times in the 1980s, it’s basically a gimmick that allows what are supposed to be objective reporters to give their informed opinion on the beats they cover. “News Analysis” pieces are especially popular among political reporters because instead of simply stating the facts, the writers are allowed to tell readers what they really think. In Illinois, these “think pieces” proliferated during…

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[24 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

Earlier today, we took to task the Chicago media for being virtually silent on the questions surrounding Hillary Clinton and the foreign fund-raising efforts of the Clinton Global Initiative, her husband’s money launder…err…charitable organization. The Chicago media missed another big story this week, as well. From Monday’s Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:   For the first time since the Pew Research Center began asking more than 25 years ago, more than half of Americans say the protection of gun rights trumps the need for gun…

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[24 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

There’s a story in today’s Chicago Tribune on the cuts that Gov. Bruce Rauner was forced to make because last year the Democrats shorted the current budget by some $1.6 billion in a move of stunning political calculation. At first glance, it’s just another in a long line of stories about how mean Bruce Rauner is, picking on our most vulnerable citizens.   The administration will make roughly $106 million in cuts to the Medicaid health care program for the poor,…

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[22 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

The Illinois press corps must be aghast that “rookie” Gov. Bruce Rauner seems to be holding his own against veteran Springfield pols Mike Madigan and John Cullerton. That’s in marked contrast to what the press gleefully wrote shortly after Rauner was elected. The tone and tenor of stories from November to January was basically, “It’s one thing to win an election, now let’s see you govern.” Indeed, the press was looking forward to House Speaker Madigan and Senate President Cullerton showing the…

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[14 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

Rex Huppke, the ever-reliable liberal Chicago Tribune columnist, has a piece today entitled, “Hillary Clinton will coast if opponents go to Crazy Town.”   Before Hillary Clinton had even made her presidential run official, some unlikely allies began campaigning for her.   At the National Rifle Association‘s annual convention Friday, Wayne LaPierre, the organization’s executive vice president said: “Hillary Rodham Clinton will bring a permanent darkness of deceit and despair, forced upon the American people to endure.”     GOP presidential…

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[6 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

Today’s Chicago Sun-Times has a story headlined, “Family seeks justice for 17-year-old fatally shot by Zion police officer.” We’ll ignore for a moment that “17 year old” should not be hyphenated per AP style, and instead focus on the highly charged headline. “Family seeks justice” implies that there was some sort of injustice committed. Forgetting the blatant editorializing, the first question that came to mind is, “Haven’t we been down this road before?” We’ll get to the Zion story in…

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[25 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]

You wouldn’t know it from reading the coverage in today’s papers, but Gov. Bruce Rauner got most of what he wanted in coming up with a fix to the current budget that’s running out of money, a deliberate tactic put into place by former Gov. Pat Quinn and his fellow Democrats in the Legislature last May. The Chicago Tribune story is headlined, “Rauner, lawmakers on track for short-term budget fix.” Reboot Illinois put out a story this morning that deemed Rauner and…