Sun-Times sale appears near, worries mount
It’s always a shame when marriages result in abuse, and the Chicago Sun-Times is one newspaper that has suffered terribly at the hands of its suitors over the past decades.
First, Rupert Murdoch bought up the tabloid on his way to making broadcast journalism an international joke called Fox News. The move prompted legendary columnist Mike Royko to jump ship immediately out of sheer embarrassment. Later, the paper was sold to Hollinger International, who promptly gutted it in order to finance the yacht fuel bill for its controller Conrad Black - an aristocrat so craven, he actually faced charges – and incredibly, was jailed for his crimes of greed!
So who’s next for the poor old girl? We’ll all find out soon enough. Crain’s Chicago Business reports the briefcases at law firm Kirkland & Ellis are snapping open and shut at an alarming rate as negotiations are coming to a head.
Given the Sun-Times’ recent past, we can only hope the buyer is level-headed, civic-minded, kind-hearted and deep-pocketed. And has never heard of the Internet and how nuts it is to buy a newspaper in its shadow.