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Knock Down, Drag Out...

Posted By on 10.06.10 at 12:26 PM

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If you're going to knock down a story, make sure that when you're finished it's at least listing a little.

The Sun-Times ballyhooed an "exclusive" Wednesday: "Chicago Public Schools CEO Ron Huberman to step down." The story by Fran Spielman and Rosalind Rossi said Huberman "has told Mayor Daley he has no intention of serving another mayor and intends to leave his $230,000-a-year job long before the mayor leaves office in mid-May."

The Tribune's Breaking News Center website promptly tried to kibosh this report with a headline that said "Schools chief Huberman denies report of early departure" and a story that had Huberman "saying he plans to remain into next year but his future with a new mayor is uncertain." The story concluded, "The reports of his 'immediate exit from the district are not accurate,' he said."

But the Sun-Times hadn't said Huberman would leave immediately.

The Breaking News Center linked to WGN-TV's Thursday morning report on Huberman's plans. Unfortunately for the Tribune's side of the story, the report was headlined "Huberman to resign early next year" and morning coanchor Robin Baumgarten kicked it off with this, "Ron Huberman says he will leave his job as CEO of Chicago Public Schools early next year."

Coanchor Tom Negovan then introduced reporter Nancy Loo live "at Ravenswood High School," and Loo told Chicago, "The school CEO confirmed that he is leaving indeed, but he stressed that his departure is not imminent."

In short, the Sun-Times reported that Huberman plans to go, and the Tribune came back with Huberman intends to stay until he leaves. A whole other way of looking at it.

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