Nixon enemy, lion of journalism, Ben Bradlee is dead

Ben Bradlee eve of the release of his book of memoirs 'A Good Life: Newspapering and Other Adventures' Washington DC

Well, damn:

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies at 93

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, who oversaw the paper’s coverage of the Watergate scandal that toppled President Richard Nixon, died on Tuesday at 93, the newspaper said.

Rauner tries to bully reporter and publishers like this, reward Rauner with endorsements

Bruce Rauner has racked up an impressive tally of endorsements from Illinois Newspapers. The fact that right of center newspaper owners — virtually nine of whom are mom-and-pop owners who live in the communities that they cover — is no surprise that these corporate-owned multi-media machines have ordered their underlings to endorse Rauner.

The same reporter that broke the story in the Chicago Sun Times of a “female” CEO that Bruce Raunerthreatened to “bury” and make her “radioactive,” is now being bullied himself, along with another female, his wife. The highly-respected Sun Times political reporter, Dave McKinney, is on the receiving end of Rauner’s bullying tactics, highlighting the credibility of the original charges lodged against Rauner in an investigative piece that showed Christine Kirk, the CEO of LeapSource Inc., a now-defunct bankrupted GTCR company, being bullied by her boss. Rauner is again being accused of being a bullying in another piece, the Crain’s Chicago Business piece published yesterday, that shows Rauner attempted to kill the LeapSource story and “retaliate” and “bully” the reporter.

For good measure, Rauner’s team used the pretext of dragging McKinney’s wife into the narrative that the story should be “killed” by the Sun Times. However, the couple have bent over backwards to assure that their work would not conflict, reported Rich Miller’s Capitol Fax. Both are consummate professionals who would never allow their work to conflict.

McKinney’s piece in question was also co-written and co-reported by two others, Carol Marin and Don Mosely, yet neither of those reporters were accused of wrongdoing by the Rauner campaign. In fact it was Carol Marin’s reading of one of the more explosive parts of the story, that turned into an ad for the Quinn for Illinois campaign. Yet those reporters reporting on the story was not raised as an issue by Rauner, nor were they “retaliated” against, or “bullied.”

Think about it for one second. It is the fervent wish of these corporations to produce newspapers and have to pay reporters nothing. They would love to replace reporters with news writing algorithms, or at least to outsource reporters to call centers in the Phillipines.

So, Rauner makes a few phone calls and beats up on McKinney, to the point where this experienced and talented reporter feels it necessary to hire a lawyer to protect his rights. And publishers love this shit. And it doesn’t bother them in the slightest that Rauner made his fortune outsourcing workers. They love that shit, too.

Alert the media!

From the front page of PJStar.com this morning:

America says no to cappuccino potato chips

NEW YORK — America has rejected the idea of cappuccino-flavored Lay’s potato chips.
Frito-Lay says Wasabi Ginger won its contest that gives people a chance to create a new flavor, beating out the coffee-flavored chips and the two other finalists — Mango Salsa and Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese. Parent company PepsiCo Inc. says about 1 million total votes were cast online for the Do Us A Flavor promotion, a sales driver it has launched in more than a dozen countries.

At last, our long national nightmare is over.

Attention smug pricks: Do not mess with cab drivers

I love this story. A Bellevue Village Trustee gets into a shouting match with a cab driver, the trustee gets out of his truck, confronts the cab driver and SOMEHOW the trustee gets himself stabbed. Naturally, I believe the cab driver. And so did the cops who arrested the trustee. One question: What hack company does the cab driver work for?

Blammo! Another violent punk gets it in the nads

Aww … poor baby:

Torres’ girlfriend told the officers that she and Torres had argued about a food order that Torres said wasn’t correct. During the argument, Torres allegedly punched his girlfriend in the face.

Their young son then went upstairs and knocked on the neighbor’s door, saying that his father was assaulting his mother. When the neighbor walked downstairs, he saw Torres’ girlfriend run outside. The neighbor then confronted Torres, who tried to grab the boy, according to police.

The neighbor said he ordered Torres to get on the ground, but Torres charged him, police said. The neighbor then fired his registered handgun.

And in what body part did the baby mama beater get shot? In the groin. Perfect.

The report isn’t good for charter schools

From In These Times:

The report indicates that, despite what the program’s cheerleaders say, the charter school model does not improve student achievement. The study compares charter schools to traditional public schools in a variety of categories, such as reading and math pass rates, graduation rates, and ACT scores. The results are underwhelming, with charters usually performing below their district counterparts and, if better, only by single-digit margins.

For example, when comparing charters to non-charter public schools, charter schools’ four-year graduation rate is 66 percent, compared to non-charters’ 68 percent. Five-year graduation rates show an even greater gap, with 76 percent of charter students and 86 percent of all public school students graduating in that time frame.

So why do charters like Peoria’s Quest continue to exist? I think it has a lot to do with hatred of teacher unions.

BU kids wear the same uniform

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I’m at Campustown Starbucks, which has just been invaded by girls from the same sorority. Seven girls, all wearing the same red sorority t-shirts and black yoga pants. With the exception of ONE girl, a dangerous deviant who is wearing blue jeans. Their chattering sounds like machine gun fire.

I know Dave McKinney. Dave McKinney was a friend of mine, Mr. Rauner, you are no Dave McKinney

Dave McKinney was the editor of the Daily Eastern News when I was a student at Eastern Illinois. Nice guy. Good reporter, even then. And he was patient with ME (which was no easy trick, believe me). So, I’m surprised that Bruce Rauner is picking on him for his reporting.

A male BU student was caught masturbating … this is news?

From the Oct. 17 Bradley Scout (not on the Web yet)

Officers were doing a routine walk-though in Jobst Hall at 8:01 p.m. Oct. 10 when they observed a mall student watching pornography.

When officers entered the room, the student closed his browser and removed his headphones. Officers said the male’s genitalia was exposed with a towel wrapped around the general area.

I love the Saturday Peoria Journal Star

I love it because it’s Forum day. Almost every single letter is from a local resident. I’ve picked up the paper on other days and if I’m lucky, there’s exactly one letter from a Peoria resident. Even the editorial is borrowed from another paper. It is to weep.