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Should You Believe Everything You Read Just Because a Reporter Writes It?

It’s amazing how unused to receiving criticism reporters can be. Since writing about the future of journalism in Chicago this week, I’ve been inundated with comments from reporters telling me that I don’t have the right to share my opinion or voice dissent when it comes to reporters…because I’m not a journalist myself. In today’s video post I ask my audience, do you think you should believe everything you read just because a reporter writes it?

On Chicagosphere: Why the Sun-Times Deserves to Die

On Chicagosphere I asked whether the Chicago Sun-Times union truly understands the endgame faced by their paper and journalism in general, calling out the Chicago Reader’s Michael Miner along the way for suggesting that columnists be forced to ditch commentary in favor of strict news analysis. There’s nothing I find more tiresome than yet another reporter throwing the rest of the world under the bus for the failings of their own field.

Time to End Chicago’s Transit News Blackout

You could fill 25 Soldier Fields with the number of people who use Chicago Transit Authority buses and trains on an average weekday. It would take 1.5 million people–half of Chicago’s population–to do it. That still wouldn’t take into account almost 300,000 additional daily riders of Metra and Pace suburban trains and buses. And most of these 2 million plus people are potential voters. So why doesn’t Chicago’s mainstream media take Chicagoland’s transit beat seriously?