The days of the Tribune as an actual daily newspaper are over. The Trib is a mega-corporate propaganda machine that kills trees to print hatred, and it imitates an actual American newspaper as defined by respected schools of journalism.
The Trib supports the privatization of public education in order to enrich the corporate education reform investors in the rich-boys’ private club, the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago. The Trib supports spending millions of dollars on useless, corporate education reform’s high stakes tests. Those rich boys are also drooling over managing and looting teacher pensions and other public employee pension funds for their own private profit.The Trib blames the victims who are teachers and other public employees.
Destruction for profit is vulture capitalism.
Crisis capitalism. If there is no crisis, create one. Corporate controlled media outlets such as the Tribune shriek destruction as they claim salvation.
What can we do about it?
First, let’s distinguish between nostalgia and good-riddance.
I remember years ago when I designed, printed and sold bookplates (Those small adhesive backed “from the library of” labels.) with designs of the Tribune, the Art Institute, Marshall Fields, etc. directly to the stores and offices of those institutions. After I delivered packages of these to the Tribune and the Oak Street Bookstore in the Drake Hotel, I walked along old Navy Pier talking with fishermen. I ate at Rocky’s Fish House at the base of the pier. I sat along the concrete pier edge, dangled my legs over the lake water, and ate freshly caught fried fish served on waxed paper and brown paper towels.
I have great nostalgia for some things that used-to-be.
For other things, I feel a sense of good-riddance.
Polio was eradicated. Good riddance.
Just the other day, Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Member Kristin McQueary wrote. “I find myself wishing for a storm in Chicago — an unpredictable, haughty, devastating swirl of fury. A dramatic levee break. Geysers bursting through manhole covers. A sleeping city, forced onto the rooftops. That’s what it took to hit the reset button in New Orleans. Chaos. Tragedy. Heartbreak.”
Pleas for destruction while claiming salvation.
The bodies of 1,833 innocent dead human beings in New Orleans – black and white, young and old – floated in polluted salt water during intense heat as carrion birds hovered overhead. This is Kristin’s idea for her city, Chicago. What a profitable opportunity! Think of all the education taxes that could privately profit the rich boys – if only the “in” people could eliminate the little people and public schools and anything not profitable for the rich boys who pay Kristin. This was savage talk that was meant to make her bosses like her.
Now, let’s see. What to do?
Demand that Tribune Editor Kristin McQueary be fired. Why? She used her position as an editor of a major news service to voice her desire to see your parents and children die in the streets and be pecked over by carrion birds. No matter how her fellow editors try to spin it, this is savagery.
Then, break one old bad habit.
Make the Tribune News Service a good-riddance by not paying for it to spread its venomous propaganda. Stop reading it. Don’t buy it on paper or online. Good riddance.
The fully expressed wishes of yet another sociopathic editorial servant to immense wealth and power are not freedom of speech. She is an out of control hate monger. How can we insist she be fired? Let’s not buy the newspaper. Boycott other Tribune News Services such as WGN news and continue to watch their sports and weather.
Tribune propaganda is not news. It needs to end. Good riddance.
Separate nostalgia (photos below) from good-riddance (The Tribune).