Tribune Company: Nothing on the petitions, and other shenanigans

Posted by Mitchell - November 17, 2005 (entry 379)

Yesterday, we sent a callout to the CMA mailing list encouraging folks to contact the Chicago Tribune for their continued blackout of the November 1 FCC petitions -- despite the fact that the actions garnered mention so far in a bunch of other print outlets, like the Chicago Sun-Times twice, the Chicago Reader, Crain's Chicago Business, TV Week, and Broadcasting & Cable four times.

In particular, we've been encouraging people to contact the Tribune's media columnist Phil Rosenthal and the Tribune's Public Editor, Don Wycliff, to express concerns of the Tribune curiously losing its tongue over this issue.

What's more, the Tribune Company has been involved in interesting recent actions at the Los Anglees Times (which the Tribune owns as part of a still-illegal Tribune-held duopoly in Los Angeles, by the way): For instance, the Tribune canned longtime progressive columnist Robert Scheer. Read this and this too. Oh, and there's the little matter of the L.A. Times laying off 85 of its own newsroom employees.

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