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Re: “Reporting on Your Own House

Accidentally discovered this thread 3 1/2 years after the fact, but just for the record, Tribune Co.'s ownership of Chicago magazine had nothing to do with my decision to leave my job there to start the Beachwood Reporter. Tribune Company never interfered with my media criticism there.

Posted by Steve Rhodes on 03/21/2013 at 12:50 AM

Re: “Moreno fights to keep Chick-fil-A out of his "hipster ward"

"I'm a Christian," Obama once told the Tribune. "And so, although I try not to have my religious beliefs dominate or determine my political views on this issue, I do believe that tradition, and my religious beliefs say that marriage is something sanctified between a man and a woman."

He reiterated that in The Audacity of Hope, among other venues. So he would not have been able to open a business in Chicago if Joe Moreno had been his alderman!

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Posted by Steve Rhodes on 07/25/2012 at 7:23 PM

Re: “The Zany Newt Scrabble contest

Actually it was the Times reporter who introduced the word "zany" . . .

Jeff Zeleny: He has big ideas sometimes and it seems that, you know, he is sort of rapid fire with his, uh, uh, thought. Do you think that the American voters are getting enough of a sense of what he might do, or, is there some worry that, uh, you know, as President, should he win, that there might be some zany things coming from the Oval Office.

Mitt Romney: Well, zany is not what we need in a president. Zany is great in a campaign. It’s great on talk radio. It’s great in the print. It makes for fun reading. But in terms of a president, we need a leader.

Posted by Steve Rhodes on 12/15/2011 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Under the Radar

Dear Anonymous Chi Guy:

"I'd be happy to share the whole of our correspondence with you, which Volpe apparently did not do, including my editing notes on his original manuscript."

Posted by Steve Rhodes on 01/31/2011 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Under the Radar

Dear "Julian," anonymous paragon of journalistic integrity:

"Volpe continually refused my editing suggestions and refused to answer crucial questions that were necessary to turn his unreasoned screed into a story worthy of publication."

But I guess I'm part of the conspiracy, including the Sun-Times, Andy Shaw, the SouthtownStar, and every other news outlet in town.

Posted by Steve Rhodes on 01/27/2011 at 9:10 PM

Re: “Under the Radar

Michael, you accurately quote from an e-mail I sent to Michael Volpe, but I would just like to note that this was the last in a series of e-mails I sent after Volpe continually refused my editing suggestions and refused to answer crucial questions that were necessary to turn his unreasoned screed into a story worthy of publication. I tried my best to work with Volpe but he was, frankly, just too much of a pain in the ass to waste any more time with than I did. I'd be happy to share the whole of our correspondence with you, which Volpe apparently did not do, including my editing notes on his original manuscript. Finally, Volpe continues to send me childish e-mails of the "told you so" variety that in fact told me nothing. Given that and being familiar with the work of Fusco and Novak over the years, I doubt very much that they "stole" the man's story - or even saw it.

Posted by Steve Rhodes on 01/27/2011 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Dear John: You've Been Scanned

Dmitry, I respectfully encourage you to actually examine and use Facebook before passing such an ignorant judgement upon it. Facebook has very little to do with the past except the opportunity - and the choice is yours - to reconnect with old friends and acquaintances. That is a very small part of it, yet one that many of us have found quite satisfying. In the main, Facebook is a news feed from your friends, acquaintances and others you find interesting. It's your choice whether to "friend" them, accepting their friend requests, and show their updates in your news feed. You get to see what friends are reading, pass on news articles to your friends, exchange witty barbs about the news of the day, keep up on family members and friends who live elsewhere whom you don't exactly talk to on the phone every day, I mean, what's so terrible about that? Yes, there are privacy, tech and design issues that can drive FB users - who don't pay for the service, btw - batty. But so what. To conceptually disparage it like an old man is akin to complaining about all those kids on the Internet and all those cat videos on YouTube. I won't mention basement bloggers in their PJs.

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Posted by Steve Rhodes on 01/22/2011 at 8:44 AM

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