Steve Sanders and Allison Payne
A confused and angry Allison Payne took to her Facebook page Friday to denounce me as a "miserable, inadequate journalist" and "an irresponsible writer." I know she was confused because she said I worked for the Sun-Times, which hasn't been the case since October 2008. And I know she must have been angry because she typed her message in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.
What was my offense? Earlier that day here, I reported on a startling admission Payne made Thursday on the midday newscast she co-anchors with Steve Sanders on Tribune Co.-owned WGN-Channel 9. During an interview with author and former NHL player Theo Fleury, Payne disclosed that she and Fleury had shared the same Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor. Payne's comment, which I quoted verbatim, struck me as newsworthy because it marked the first time she'd publicly acknowledged a battle with addiction.