Roger Ebert

Maybe the only man who understands the ongoing media crisis:

Readers of the Chicago Sun-Times picked up a smaller paper Tuesday, the latest tangible sign of the economic struggles engaging metropolitan newspapers around the country.

The tabloid’s physical shrinkage, by about 1 inch to save newsprint costs, is more easily accomplished than the pending staff cuts that will pare editorial positions by 19 percent, the largest local newsroom layoff in recent memory.

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Sun-Times Media also has been harmed financially by huge costs associated with the scandal and subsequent fraud convictions of former Chairman and Chief Executive Conrad Black and former Sun-Times Publisher David Radler.

Movie critic Roger Ebert captured the mood in an e-mail response to a Tribune inquiry late last week.

“I hope everyone who is a victim of this triage receives handwritten apologies from Conrad Black and David Radler,” Ebert wrote.

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5 thoughts on “Roger Ebert

  1. ashley says:

    I read that link and thought: “Shouldn’t this be on that The Wire blog? Wait — this is real…”

  2. Athenae says:

    Workin’ on a Wire post about the same basic thing, as a matter of fact.
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  3. Interrobang says:

    Ebert can dream on — Conrad Black never apologises for anything, no matter how egregious. Heis the guy who said that liberal-leaning economics journalist Linda McQuaig should be “horsewhipped on national television,” after all. Think Linda McQuaig got an apology for that?
    I amso glad he’s not a Canadian citizen anymore, and that when it was suddenlyconveeeenient for him to be one again, the government told him to eff off…

  4. bartkid says:

    I think Mssr. Black is writing a second volume of hagiography of Nixon, instead.

  5. mark1147 says:

    bartkid, please tell me Black isn’t gonna follow up with another 1,100+ pages of drool over Tricky Dick’s corpse!
    I learned of his current tome only this weekend and despair of the megatons of wasted trees if he attempts another “doorstop of a book,” as theWaPo review on Sun., Jan. 6 put it.

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