Robservations on the media beat:
- All but overshadowed by NBC's coverage of the Winter Olympics' opening weekend was WMAQ-Channel 5's annual genuflection to the Chicago Auto Show. Though billed as a special (a "multiple Emmy Award winning" special, no less), it again was nothing more than a one-hour infomercial for the Chicago Automobile Trade Association. Half a dozen Channel 5 staffers gushed unabashedly over new car models -- and, in the case of Ginger Zee, gushed over a couple of human models known as "The Fiat Twins." Host Brant Miller landed some face time for his son, Joey, who fronted an unappealing segment on "finding fun" at the Auto Show. News anchor Allison Rosati turned up to raffle off a Chevy Equinox for charity. And, as always, there was the obligatory sound bite from Channel 5's big boss, Larry Wert. Recession? What recession?
- The March issue of Esquire features a must-read profile of Roger Ebert and how America's greatest movie critic was transformed by the health problems that took away his ability to speak. It poignantly attests to Roger's amazing courage, resiliency and indomitable spirit. "Today he is producing the best work of his life," writes Esquire's Chris Jones, who adds: