Quick Hit Josh Kalven Wednesday June 23rd, 2010, 10:48am

Burge n' Blagojevich

If you're not reading John Conroy and Steve Rhodes' daily dispatches on the trial of fomer Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge, there is still time to start (though final arguments are scheduled for later this week).  Here is Rhodes today highlighting the imbalance in local media coverage:

Who cares if a decorated Chicago police commander tortured dozens - if not more - of African American men, some of whom wrongly ended up on Death Row, when our former governor is caught on tape musing about trading a U.S. Senate seat for the ambassadorship to India? Don't be such a downer! Blago is fun! Burge is a drag. [...]

This is what happens when news is defined in large measure by its entertainment quotient. If I had a nickel for every time I heard a reporter describe how much fun it was to work in a town with such brazen political schemes. Fun? You have to live here too. It's disgusting.


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