Robservations on the media beat:
- The most talked about media story of the weekend was the arrest of former Sun-Times sports columnist Jay Mariotti on a domestic assault complaint involving his girlfriend in Los Angeles. Mariotti, who now writes for AOL's Fanhouse.com and appears on ESPN's "Around The Horn," was booked on a felony charge and released on $50,000 bail. The arrest followed years of columns by Mariotti in which he "harshly criticized athletes for their involvement in domestic violence against their girlfriends and wives" -- as gleefully recounted on sports blogs and elsewhere -- right up until last week. Although the Sun-Times buried the story on Page 53 in the sports section of Sunday's edition, former colleague‚ Roger Ebert couldn't resist tweeting a link to his 2008 farewell column to Mariotti, subtly titled "Jay the Rat." Interesting, too, that the worldwide show biz site TMZ, which called Mariotti "famous" in its headline, considered him a bigger star than the Chicago newspaper that made him one.