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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Aren't journalists supposed to seek out the facts?

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Sure, some fans--and journalists--are hoping Carmelo Anthony signs with the Bulls. But when did Chicagoans become a bunch of beggars?
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  • Sure, some fans—and journalists—are hoping Carmelo Anthony signs with the Bulls. But when did Chicagoans become a bunch of beggars?
Just asking:

First it was the George Lucas museum. Now it's Carmelo Anthony.

Does Chicago do supplication a little too well? And should journalists be participating in it?

And whatever happened to Journalism 101?

Page three of Wednesday's Tribune includes a story about a mansion for sale in Lincoln Park for $18.75 million, "making it the city's highest-priced single-family home listing."

Does a real estate story about a fancy house for sale for a lot of money belong on page three? Beats me. But when a story is placed so prominently, the fundamental principles of journalism should be applied. For example: What's the address or block number of the house? Rich people like to lie low, but a newspaper has a greater duty to inform its readers than it does to coddle a home owner.

Oddly, the Tribune website offers a photo spread on the mansion and places it in the 1900 block of North Burling. Since the building looks roughly the size of two square blocks, that's probably good enough.

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