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The Obama-Rezko Connection and the Opportunities Before Reporters

Thursday, June 5, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Detailed here by the Chicago Tribune.

Keep up on all the latest about Tony and Barack via

Speaking of the Chicago Tribune, its parent company –and the parent of the Los Angeles Times and many other papers– held a conference call today. Some key excerpts:

Tribune Co. officials think the media concern “could take about 500 pages out of our newspapers every week,” company-wide, by reducing the proportion of editorial content to advertising to a 50-50 level, Chief Operating Officer Randy Michaels told the Chicago company’s creditors Thursday….

The recently installed COO also disclosed that Tribune officials have been examining the productivity of individual reporters at the company’s newspapers, and have observed a significant discrepancy between the output of individual reporters.

In addition, he said, the productivity of the reporting staffs at Tribune’s smaller dailies is much higher — in terms of sheer output — than at larger papers such as the company’s big Los Angeles Times paper.

The implication of that difference in output, as measured by story production is that “We can eliminate a fair amount of people, while eliminating not much copy,” he observed. Michaels didn’t offer any details.

If I were a reporter at the Chicago Tribune, I’d be digging, digging, digging into Tony-Barack and the ties that bind Ayers, Dohrn, Phleger, Rezko and Wright, making myself a fountain of stories and thus making myself less likely to feel the ax when it falls.

Suggestion: Note how we are posting the letters of Jeremiah Wright published in the Trinity Church bulletin? We aren’t cherry-picking, just putting up all of them we can find in the order they appeared to give readers a sense of what was going on inside of trinity. A reporter might usefully inquire when exactly Senator Obama crossed the church’s threshold and held that week’s bulletin. They might also wonder if these letters throw light on Obama’s argument that the Jeremiah Wright of the National Press Club was a Jeremiah Wright he didn’t know.

But if such reporters existed, I suppose, the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times wouldn’t be in such desperate straights to begin with.

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