Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Personal Aside: It Gives Me Great Joy II.
Advertising Age has just come out with an exhilarating (for me) finding that Barack Obamas victory didnt do a thing for sales on newsstands in Chicagoa well-deserved rebuke to the hustling editors of both Sun-Times and Tribune who sold much of their integrity to turn their papers into sales pamphlets and most of their columnists into flacks for the Democratic candidateeschewing their once diverse stance. During the sixth months ended this September, the Tribune saw its weekday circulation decline nearly 8% to 516,032 and the Sun-Times decline by nearly 4% to 313,176.
Wrote the magazine: The declines came during a period that included the grueling final months of Mr. Obamas face-off with Hillary Clinton, his clinching of the nomination and a number of key developments around local figures including Rev. Jeremiah Wright, political fixer Tony Rezko and former [sic] radical William Ayres. The papers proximity to these events helped them land a number of big stories along the way and the Sun-Times chief Obama watcher Lynn Sweet became a cable-news regular. But neither the intense interest in the stories nor the papers access to them stopped circulation declines. Im glad if it helped Sweet whom I admire but its sweet satisfaction to see the tabloid which has disgraced itself since the great days of Emmett Dedmon, disintegrate. Proof that when you betray what remains of a newspapers soul you betray yourself.
Michael Cooke, the editor of the Sun-Times has staked his job on the hope that his paper would become the bible for blacksso his columnists have paraded their elective intentions accordingly Mary Mitchell whose animosity toward whitey is designed to inflame her black readers Neil Steinberg, the brackish anti-Catholic who dispenses ridicule against Republicans not gently but with a trowel Mark Brown who would do the same if he could manage to get readers who stay awake after reading his unutterably tedious Sears catalog-style prose and the Sunday specialfittingly chosen for the Lords Daythe vitriolic atheist Christopher Hitchens who insulted Mother Teresa on her funeral day.
Over at the Tribune, the conversion of the once-serious paper to a cheap Obama supplement with the editorial endorsement written ala stenography by R. Bruce Dold, things werent much better. Its owner, the Lucifer look-alike with the red scruff beard, orange fringe hair and slit eyes, joined the outfit and took stock of its soul which he offered up to the gods of expedience by signing off on a big-photo USA Today-like format and ordering lackey Dold to write the Obama endorsement thinking hed move the paper into the black at least in the campaign by shilling for Obama.
So congratulations Mike, Sam, R. Bruce and others. Just imagine, you couldnt have done worse if you had stayed straight the S-T not taking to donning whorish net stockings and standing provocatively under the streetlights to lure black readers and the Trib also turning into a lady of the evening instead of remaining true to its heritage and endorsing McCain.