WBEZ | Charlie Meyerson http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en A quiz before flying http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/quiz-flying-106376 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Q-blue_1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 18px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">This&#39;ll be the last post for the Meyerson WBEZ news blog. (At least for now. Life is long. Never say never. You know.)</span></span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 18px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: georgia, serif; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Thanks to the talented WBEZ team for making me welcome in this space the last three months or so, and for tolerating my almost daily attempts to test the limits of the website production system.</span></span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; 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vertical-align: baseline;"><em style="font-style: italic;">s week&#39;s quiz, thanks to readers<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://bio.tribune.com/philvettel" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150); outline: 0px;" target="_blank">Phil Vettel</a>,<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://twitter.com/hassgocubs" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150); outline: 0px;" target="_blank">Joe Hass</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewthackray" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150); outline: 0px;" target="_blank">Andrew Thackray</a>,<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/patrick.heylin" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150); outline: 0px;" target="_blank">Patrick Heylin</a>,<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://pmphotography.net/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150); outline: 0px;" target="_blank">Phil Marty</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/ShakesTheClown8" style="margin: 0px; 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outline: 0px;" target="_blank">Here you go</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/quiz-flying-106376 CTA Ventra card defended: Criticism 'very misleading' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/cta-ventra-card-defended-criticism-very-misleading-106309 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Screen shot 2013-03-27 at 7.57.52 AM.png" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><iframe align="right" scrolling="no" src="http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/sites/all/modules/coveapi/cove_cache.php?filter_tp_media_object_id=2360753523" style="height: 180px; width: 320px;"></iframe><b>&#39;VERY MISLEADING.&#39;</b>&nbsp;Chicago Transit Authority chief Forrest Claypool dismisses an analysis suggesting the new Ventra commuter card is &quot;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-ventra-debit-deal-0326-20130326,0,6944380.story" target="_blank">not a very good deal for consumers</a>.&quot;&nbsp;<b>On WTTW-Ch. 11 last night</b>, he contended, &quot;<a href="http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2013/03/26/cta-president-forrest-claypool" target="_blank">There is zero cost on the transit side at all</a>.&quot;<br />* Chicagoan enacts <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/religion/ct-met-l-stations-of-cross-20130327,0,6643381.story" target="_blank">Stations of the Cross using every CTA train line</a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><b>&#39;COMING OUT OF THE CLOSET WORKED.&#39;</b> Whatever the Supreme Court decides on the question of same-sex marriage, the <i>Sun-Times</i>&#39; Neil Steinberg says credit goes to those who &quot;helped their families understand that <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/steinberg/19083625-452/steinberg-coming-out-of-the-closet-worked.html" target="_blank">religion and morality ... are not always linked</a>.&quot;<br />*&nbsp;The&nbsp;<em>Tribune</em>&#39;s&nbsp;John Kass describes himself as part of an &quot;irritating minority&quot;:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/ct-met-kass-0327-20130327,0,6839808.column" target="_blank">traditional Christians in journalism</a>.&quot;<br />*&nbsp;The&nbsp;<em>Tribune</em>&#39;s Eric Zorn: Gay marriage&nbsp;opponents will become&nbsp;<a href="http://blogs.chicagotribune.com/news_columnists_ezorn/2013/03/roe.html">a &quot;fundamentally irrelevant minority.&quot;</a><br />* Anti-gay-marriage pastor: &quot;<a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2013/03/supreme_court_hears_prop_8_while_the_justices_heard_arguments_inside_the.html" target="_blank">The dominoes are falling</a> ... faster than I ever thought they could.&quot;<br />* Hear or download the <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_audio_detail.aspx?argument=12-144" target="_blank">full oral arguments yesterday before the Supreme Court</a>. Or <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2013/03/supreme-court-gay-marriage-oral-arguments-transcript-audio-prop-8-hollingsworth-v-perry-89321.html" target="_blank">read the transcript</a>.<br />* <a href="http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2013/03/history-gay-rights-going-mainstream-told-newsweekly-covers/63556/" target="_blank">Magazine gallery cover documents a cultural revolution</a> -- from &quot;The sad &#39;gay&#39; life of the homosexual&quot; (1967) to &quot;The first gay president&quot; (2012).<br />* Backers of same-sex marriage say <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/19114686-761/advocates-of-gay-marriage-in-illinois-say-state-should-act-quickly.html" target="_blank">momentum&#39;s growing in Springfield</a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>ONE REASON YOUR TAX-RETURN SEASON MAY BE MISERABLE.</strong> A joint NPR-ProPublica investigation details how <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/03/intuit-turbotax-fought-free-simple-tax-filing" target="_blank">the maker of TurboTax software spent millions lobbying to keep free and simple tax-filing from becoming a reality</a> for tens of millions of Americans.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>TOWERING MISTAKE.</strong> A Willis Tower display on Chicago history mispells <a href="http://jimromenesko.com/2013/03/26/dear-willis-tower-in-chicago-its-terkel/" target="_blank">the name of beloved author and radio host Studs Terkel</a>, according to a post on Jim Romenesko&#39;s media blog.<br />* Willis Tower offers <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/19115291-418/bike-valet-service-gets-rolling.html" target="_blank">bike valet service</a> for $250 a year.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>NEXT FOR KATHY GRIFFIN?</strong> <em>Deadline Hollywood</em> says Oak Park native <a href="http://www.deadline.com/2013/03/anderson-cooper-kathy-griffin-cnn-series/" target="_blank">Griffin may team up with Anderson Cooper</a> for a regular show that could air on CNN.<br />* Mediaite&#39;s Joe Concha says a Cooper-Griffin series would be &quot;<a href="http://www.mediaite.com/tv/the-worst-idea-in-the-history-of-cable-news-an-anderson-cooper-kathy-griffin-series-on-cnn/" target="_blank">the worst idea in the history of cable news</a>.&quot;<br />* Nine other <a href="http://voices.yahoo.com/10-famous-people-oak-park-illinois-376376.html" target="_blank">famous people from Oak Park</a>.<iframe align="right" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="144" mozallowfullscreen="" scrolling="no" src="http://www.hulu.com/embed.html?eid=jekj8hswwr7fheygaukkzg" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="256"></iframe></span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>FREE &#39;TREK.&#39;</strong> Hulu&#39;s offering free access this week to every episode of every &quot;Star Trek&quot; series ever aired. Slate recommends&nbsp;<a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2013/03/26/star_trek_series_streaming_free_on_hulu_episodes_of_tng_voyager_enterprise.html" target="_blank">10 of the best</a>, clickable and watchable on one Web page. Among them: <strong>The first appearance of the Borg.</strong><br />* <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/26/us-hulu-buyers-idUSBRE92O0XL20130326" target="_blank">Hulu owners consider selling</a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>BUILD YOUR OWN MAGAZINE.</strong>&nbsp;The Flipboard news reader app for smartphones and tablets now claims 50 million users -- double its figure from August -- and it&#39;s adding a new feature, to let them&nbsp;<a href="http://thenextweb.com/apps/2013/03/27/flipboard-hits-50m-users-and-updates-its-ios-app-to-allow-anyone-to-create-their-own-magazine/?fromcat=apps" target="_blank">create their own digital magazines</a>&nbsp;on&nbsp;subjects they choose.</span></p><hr /><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong></em><br /><em>* Suggestions for this blog?&nbsp;<a href="mailto:cmeyerson@wbez.org?subject=Things%20and%20stuff">Email anytime</a>.<br />* Get this blog by email, free. <a href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=feedburner/AELk&amp;loc=en_US" target="_blank">Sign up here</a>.</em><br /><em>* Follow us on Twitter:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/wbez" target="_blank">@WBEZ</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/meyerson" target="_blank">@Meyerson</a>.<br />* Looking for the most recent WBEZ Meyerson News Quiz? <a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/news-quiz" target="_blank">Here you go</a>.</em></span></p></p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 09:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/cta-ventra-card-defended-criticism-very-misleading-106309 App will help parents, kids map routes to new schools http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/app-will-help-parents-kids-map-routes-new-schools-106278 <p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><a href="http://cps.go2school.org/" target="_blank"><img alt="Go to School!" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Go%20to%20School%21.png" style="border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; height: 508px; width: 300px; float: right;" title="cps.go2school.org/" /></a><strong>&#39;ATTENDING A NEW SCHOOL COULD BE A DANGEROUS PROSPECT.&#39; </strong>As Chicago prepares for its largest-ever round of school closings, Tom Kompare, a member of Chicago&#39;s vibrant <a href="http://www.meetup.com/OpenGovChicago/" target="_blank">Open Government Chicago</a> programming movement, has created a new Web application called <strong>&quot;Go to School!&quot;</strong>&nbsp;-- to help families across Chicago gauge &quot;their travel options.&quot; That includes, as he explains in an email to the group, &quot;locations of police stations, fire stations, and hospitals.&quot;</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">He says&nbsp;it started out as a selfish exercise: &quot;I sometimes get to work from home and get to pick up my daughter after school. I need to hop on the L do so, and was wondering when I had to leave in order to get there on time.&quot;</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">The app&#39;s up and running now, with maps showing which schools are closing or relocating. By this fall, he expects to add so-called &quot;safe haven&quot; businesses and crossing guard locations. It works on smartphones or desktop browsers. Check it out at <a href="http://cps.go2school.org/" target="_blank">cps.go2school.org</a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Meanwhile, Kompare is making <a href="https://github.com/tkompare/go2school" target="_blank">the source code available here</a> to anyone who wants to adapt it for use by other school districts.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">* <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/25/cps-school-closing-fight-_n_2950921.html" target="_blank">Student protests escalate</a>, along with fear over violence.<br />* Chicago putting <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-chicago-police-foot-patrols,0,7096814.story" target="_blank">more cops on foot patrol</a> along dangerous blocks.</span></p><hr /><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 18px;"><em><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">Suggestions for this blog?&nbsp;</span><a href="mailto:cmeyerson@wbez.org?subject=Things%20and%20stuff">Email anytime</a>.</em></span></span></p><hr /><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>A MILLIONAIRE AT 17.</strong>&nbsp;British teenager&nbsp;Nick D&rsquo;Aloisio has sold his news-reading app, <a href="http://summly.com/" target="_blank">Summly</a>, to Yahoo for a figure <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/26/business/media/nick-daloisio-17-sells-summly-app-to-yahoo.html?_r=0" target="_blank">reportedly in the tens of millions of dollars</a>. And how was your Monday?<br />* <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/spotify-plans-to-take-on-netflix-and-hbo-with-streaming-video-service-2013-3?op=1" target="_blank">Spotify targets Netflix, HBO</a> with streaming video, including original content.<br />* <a href="http://thenextweb.com/facebook/2013/03/25/facebook-improves-its-commenting-system-bringing-threaded-comments-and-replies-at-last/" target="_blank">Facebook finally adds &quot;Reply&quot; option</a> to comments.<br />* Facebook founder Zuckerberg creates <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/facebooks-zuckerberg-push-immigration-reform" target="_blank">organization to promote immigration reform</a>.<br />* Mayor Bloomberg seems to suggest <a href="http://politicker.com/2013/03/did-mayor-bloomberg-warn-rupert-murdoch-to-stop-twittering/" target="_blank">Rupert Murdoch stay off Twitter</a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>&#39;HI, IN THE PAST 2 YEARS, YOU HAVE ALLOWED ME TO KILL 70,000 PEOPLE.&#39;</strong>&nbsp;<em>The Onion&nbsp;</em><a href="http://www.theonion.com/articles/hi-in-the-past-2-years-you-have-allowed-me-to-kill,31805/" target="_blank">makes fun of&nbsp;Syria&#39;s president,&nbsp;Bashar al-Assad</a>. Or is it making fun of everyone else?<br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-un-syria-20130325,0,6661725.story" target="_blank">UN pulls staff out of Syria</a> because of deteriorating conditions.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>NFLer OUT OF THE CLOSET?</strong>&nbsp;CBS Sports reports <a href="http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/mike-freeman/21946093/some-believe-atmosphere-is-safe-for-gay-nfl-player-to-come-out" target="_blank">a current NFL player is considering coming out publicly</a>. His main concern, the report says, is that <a href="http://deadspin.com/report-a-gay-nfl-player-is-strongly-considering-comi-458750903" target="_blank">he&#39;ll be in jeopardy from homophobic fans</a>.</span></p><hr /><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong></em><br /><em>* Get this blog by email, free. <a href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=feedburner/AELk&amp;amp;loc=en_US" target="_blank">Sign up here</a>.</em><br /><em>* Follow us on Twitter:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/wbez" target="_blank">@WBEZ</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/meyerson" target="_blank">@Meyerson</a>.<br />* Looking for the most recent WBEZ Meyerson News Quiz? <a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/news-quiz" target="_blank">Here you go</a>.</em></span></p></p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/app-will-help-parents-kids-map-routes-new-schools-106278 Did NBC's Brian Williams ambush the Emanuel brothers? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/did-nbcs-brian-williams-ambush-emanuel-brothers-106257 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Screen shot 2013-03-25 at 7.23.55 AM.png" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><object align="right" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=10,0,0,0" height="245" id="msnbc906184" width="420"><param name="loop" value="false" /><param name="play" value="false" /><param name="quality" value="high" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32545640" /><param name="FlashVars" value="launch=51298904&amp;width=420&amp;height=245" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><embed allowscriptaccess="always" flashvars="launch=51298904&amp;width=420&amp;height=245" height="245" loop="false" name="msnbc906184" play="false" pluginspage="http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash" quality="high" src="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32545640" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="420" wmode="transparent"></embed></object><strong>WATCH THIS VIDEO ... </strong>of NBC&#39;s <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/id/21134540/vp/51298904#51298904" target="_blank">Brian Williams interviewing the three Emanuel brothers</a>:&nbsp;Mayor Rahm, bioethicist Ezekiel and Hollywood &quot;super-agent&quot; Ari, recorded&nbsp;<a href="http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2013/03/rahm_zeke_ari_on_nbcs_rock_cen.html" target="_blank">March 8 in New York City</a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Note the (evidently simulated) slide show of old family photos, the reference to the family as &quot;<a href="http://chickaboomer.com/2013/03/americas-jewish-kennedys-anger-over-brian-williams-rock-center-interview-this-is-not-what-we-agreed-to.html" target="_blank">America&#39;s Jewish Kennedys</a>.&quot;</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">What do you think of it?</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Love-fest? Puff piece? Affectionate portrayal?</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Or hatchet job?</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Ari Emanuel reportedly puts it in the latter category. The&nbsp;<em>New York Post</em>&nbsp;quotes sources as saying that he sent a &quot;<a href="http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/ari_rips_nbc_for_rock_chat_Artqfqo1zvGAQEi1UZL9YI" target="_blank">a fiery legal letter to NBC</a>,&quot; complaining the interview, which aired Friday, was so aggressive as to catch the brothers off-guard.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>&#39;I THINK WE&#39;RE GOING TO WIN.&#39; </strong>That&#39;s the optimistic <a href="http://presspass.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/24/17440713-post-show-thoughts-the-debates-over-gun-control-and-gay-marriage" target="_blank">prediction of David Boies</a>, one of the lawyers set to argue Tuesday before the Supreme Court that California&#39;s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.<br />* Among those to be seated as a guest of Chief Justice John Roberts: <a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-prop.8-chief-justices-cousin-a-lesbian-will-attend-prop-8-hearing-20130324,0,834185.story" target="_blank">His lesbian cousin, who wants to marry her gay partner</a>.<br />* Court expert Jeffrey Toobin: 10 years ago, <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/talk/comment/2013/04/01/130401taco_talk_toobin" target="_blank">Justice Scalia was right about the future of gay marriage</a>.<br />* Chart outlines <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/03/24/us/how-the-court-could-rule-on-same-sex-marriage.html?_r=0" target="_blank">ways the court could rule</a>.<br />* New poll finds <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/03/24/175201923/millennials-and-same-sex-marriage-a-waning-divide" target="_blank">young Americans&#39; growing support for same-sex marriage</a> &quot;one of the biggest shifts we&#39;ve seen.&quot;<br />* Same-sex marriage convert Sen. Rob Portman&#39;s son writes in the Yale Daily News: &quot;In many ways, <a href="http://yaledailynews.com/blog/2013/03/25/portman-coming-out/" target="_blank">it&rsquo;s been a privilege to come out so publicly</a>.&quot;<br />* Politico: <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2013/03/republicans-gay-marriage-89265.html" target="_blank">Republicans see cash in shift toward gay marriage</a>.<br />* Mediaite: <a href="http://www.mediaite.com/online/r-i-p-is-conservatism-dead-3/" target="_blank">Is conservatism dead?</a><br />* Video:&nbsp;<a href="http://gawker.com/5992162" target="_blank">Starbucks CEO tells shareholder to sell if he can&#39;t support marriage equality</a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>&#39;WE LIVE IN A GOOGLE AND WIKIPEDIA SOCIETY, AND IF KIDS NEED TO KNOW SOMETHING, THEY CAN LOOK IT UP.&#39;</strong> And so, the&nbsp;president of the Illinois Science Teachers Association tells the <em>Tribune&nbsp;</em>Illinois is ready for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/education/ct-met-science-standards-20130325,0,2404339,full.story" target="_blank">dramatic changes in science courses, textbooks and testing</a>, maybe as soon as this fall.<br />* Illinois bill would <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-rocky-clark-bill-20130325,0,5165928.story" target="_blank">improve medical insurance for high school athletes</a> with catastrophic injuries.<br />* Chicago Public Schools has yet to deliver on <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/18260588-761/worthless-words-cps-yet-to-dole-out-scholarships-decade-after-e2-disaster.html" target="_blank">college scholarships for kids whose parents&nbsp;died in 2003 E2 nightclub stampede</a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>GOOGLE ALERTS: WINDING DOWN? </strong>If you&#39;re among those who&#39;ve come to rely on Google&#39;s service to advise you of new Web content on a specific topic, be warned:&nbsp;<a href="http://mashable.com/2013/03/23/google-alerts/">Mashable.com says Alerts may be on the way out</a>, but it notes an alternative.<br />* Wish you had a Wikipedia page of your own?&nbsp;Now&nbsp;<a href="http://thenextweb.com/socialmedia/2013/03/24/this-site-lets-you-pretend-you-have-your-own-wikipedia-page/" style="font-family: georgia, serif;" target="_blank">you can pretend</a>.</span></p><hr /><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong></em><br /><em>* Suggestions for this blog?&nbsp;<a href="mailto:cmeyerson@wbez.org?subject=Things%20and%20stuff">Email anytime</a>.<br />* Get this blog by email, free. <a href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=feedburner/AELk&amp;amp;loc=en_US" target="_blank">Sign up here</a>.</em><br /><em>* Follow us on Twitter:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/wbez" target="_blank">@WBEZ</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/meyerson" target="_blank">@Meyerson</a>.<br />* Looking for the most recent WBEZ Meyerson News Quiz? 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On one hand, that means they&#39;ll be spared <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-0320-cta-ventra-hidden-fees-gfc-eps-20130319,0,2656887.graphic" target="_blank">a bewildering array of debit-card fees</a>; on the other, a disability rights group executive tells the <em>Tribune</em>, &quot;Whatever options are available to the general public&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-rta-no-debit-option-on-reducedfare-ventra-cards-20130320,0,3355403.story" target="_blank">should be available to persons with disabilities and persons over 65 who qualify for reduced-fare cards</a>.&quot;<br /><em>* Correction to something I said yesterday on WBEZ&#39;s &quot;Afternoon Shift&quot;&nbsp;</em>(at about 5:02 in <a href="http://soundcloud.com/afternoonshiftwbez/timeout-chicago-goes-all/" target="_blank">this audio clip</a>): According to the <em>Trib</em>, that $2.95 &quot;Reload on Internet&quot; fee applies <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-cta-ventra-hidden-fees-0320-20130320,0,2928286.story" target="_blank">only to money added to the retail (debit) side of the card</a>; not to recharges for the card&#39;s transit-fare side.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>SCHOOL CLOSINGS ANALYSIS.&nbsp;</strong>As Mayor Emanuel&#39;s administration prepares to announce what could be&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/more-50-proposed-chicago-school-closings-expected-106202" target="_blank">the largest number of schools shut down by a city in a single year</a>, keep an eye on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/The-312/March-2013/Two-Sites-You-Should-Be-Looking-At-As-CPS-Announces-Massive-School-Closure/" target="_blank">these data-driven websites</a>&nbsp;(including&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/content/mapping-10-years-school-closures" target="_blank">WBEZ&#39;s map of school closures</a>), featuring what&nbsp;<em>Chicago</em>&nbsp;magazine&#39;s Whet Moser calls &quot;vital&quot; tools for understanding the closings&#39; impact.<br />* Chicago charter-school operator UNO&#39;s boss has&nbsp;<a href="http://www.suntimes.com/18966110-761/embattled-boss-of-top-chicago-charter-school-operator-uno-has-three-relatives-on-his-payroll.html" target="_blank">3 relatives on the payroll</a>,&nbsp;<em>Sun-Times</em>&nbsp;reports.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>KIDS DOCS BACK GAY MARRIAGE.</strong> The Illinois-based American Academy of Pediatrics says <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/influential-pediatricians-group-backs-gay-marriage" target="_blank">stable relationships between parents, regardless of sexual orientation, contribute to children&#39;s health and well-being</a>.<br />* Gay-marriage opponent: &quot;To the extent that the other side is able to frame this as a vote for gay people to be happy, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/21/us/politics/young-opponents-of-gay-marriage-remain-undaunted.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=0" target="_blank">it will be challenging for us</a>.&quot;</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>&#39;SURE. SEX AND THE PRIESTS, LET&#39;S BLAST IT ALL OVER THE PLACE. NEVER LET IT GO.&#39;</strong> The retired bishop of the Joliet Diocese reacts bitterly to <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-open-files-part-of-settlement-for-priest-sex-abuse-victim-20130320,0,1723064,full.story" target="_blank">release of previously secret papers detailing decades of sexual abuse</a> on his watch.<br />* Lawyer who won the revelations: &quot;<a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/iteam&amp;id=9033945" target="_blank">At least 75% of the diocese ... had a sexual predator priest</a>.&quot;</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>LET PROSTITUTES WALK FREE?</strong> To ease a population crunch at Cook County Jail, several County Board members are asking prosecutors <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/18992826-761/county-officials-end-felony-arrests-for-prostitution-to-reduce-jail-crowding.html" target="_blank">to treat prostitution arrests as misdemeanors</a>, not felonies.<br />* On WBEZ, Sheriff Tom Dart criticizes mental health clinic closures:&nbsp;&quot;We as a society have decided to criminalize mental illness. ... We&#39;ve shut down all the facilities to treat people. <a href="http://soundcloud.com/afternoonshiftwbez/cook-county-sheriff-tom-dart" target="_blank">Where in God&#39;s name do you think they&#39;re gonna go?</a>&quot;</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>YOUR TAXES AT WORK.</strong><br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://www.suntimes.com/18993800-761/city-of-chicago-hit-with-578-million-tab-in-parking-garage-snafu.html" target="_blank">Chicago ordered to pay $57.8 million to parking company</a>&nbsp;for letting competing garage open nearby.<br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-cook-county-aclu-settlement-0321-20130321,0,2402817.story" target="_blank">Cook County to pay $646,000 to ACLU</a>&nbsp;in fight over law forbidding recording of cops on the job.</span></p><hr /><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 18px;"><em><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);"><strong>COMING FRIDAY: </strong>A fresh news quiz.<br />Limber up your quizceps by trying&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/news-quiz" target="_blank">these previous editions</a>.</em></span></span></p><hr /><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>COULD MAKE STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS AWKWARD.&nbsp;</strong>President Obama was caught on-mic and on-camera in Israel joking, &quot;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/03/20/obama-tells-netanyahu-its-good-to-get-away-from-congress/" target="_blank">It&#39;s good to get away from Congress</a>.&quot;<br />* Obama, Israel&#39;s prime minister <a href="http://www.politico.com/politico44/2013/03/obama-netanyahu-admonish-nbcs-chuck-todd-for-asking-159848.html" target="_blank">complain NBC reporter asks too many questions</a>.<br />* Conservative vs. conservative: &quot;<a href="http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2013/03/oreilly-slams-bachmann-for-trivial-criticisms-of-president-159895.html" target="_blank">O&#39;Reilly slams Bachmann</a> for &#39;trivial&#39; criticisms of President Obama&quot; (Politico).</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>&#39;THE AMERICAN NEWS CONSUMER HAS NEVER HAD IT SO GOOD.&#39;</strong> <em>Slate</em>&#39;s Matthew Yglesias says, sure, it&#39;s a rough time for news producers, but <a href="http://stateofthemedia.org/" target="_blank">the doom-and-gloom reports</a> on the state of the news biz miss the key point that &quot;<a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/business/moneybox/2013/03/pew_s_state_of_the_media_ignore_the_doomsaying_american_journalism_has_never.html">today&rsquo;s readers have access to far more high-quality coverage than they have time to read</a>.&quot;<br />* Reporter who quit: &quot;<a href="http://allysonbird.com/2013/03/19/why-i-left-news/" target="_blank">Newspapers killed newspapers</a>.&quot;<br />* <em>Washington Post</em> nails <a href="http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/207810/washington-post-busts-jane-goodall-for-plagiarism/" target="_blank">Jane Goodall for plagiarism</a>.<br />* CNN reporter allegedly <a href="http://www.thewrap.com/media/column-post/cnn-soft-rapists-steubenville-coverage-sparks-debate-81861?page=0,0" target="_blank">&quot;outraged&quot; over Steubenville rape trial coverage criticism</a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>GOOGLE&#39;S NEW NOTE-TAKING SERVICE.</strong> <a href="http://thenextweb.com/google/2013/03/20/google-launches-evernote-rival-keep-for-the-web-android-4-0-and-above/" target="_blank">Google Keep</a> is aimed at services like Evernote, promising to &quot;save ideas and organize to-dos the moment they happen by creating notes, lists, photos and voice recordings right from your phone.&quot;<br />* YouTube now reaches <a href="http://thenextweb.com/google/2013/03/21/youtube-reaches-1-billion-unique-monthly-users-almost-15-of-planet-earth/" target="_blank">1 billion unique visitors a month</a> -- 15 percent of humanity.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>THIS LINK UNSUITABLE FOR ALL AGES.</strong> Tired of the traditional NCAA bracket?&nbsp;<em>Deadspin</em> offers a 64-slot &quot;<a href="http://deadspin.com/behold-the-ultimate-curse-word-bracket-457043269" target="_blank">Swear Word Bracket</a>&quot; -- because &quot;68-team brackets are stupid.&quot;<br />* Tech Crunch: &quot;<a href="http://techcrunch.com/2013/03/19/google-march-madness-bracket/" target="_blank">Google Embeds March Madness Bracket In Search, Because Screw Sports Sites</a>.&quot;&nbsp;</span></p><hr /><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong></em><br /><em>* Suggestions for this blog?&nbsp;<a href="mailto:cmeyerson@wbez.org?subject=Things%20and%20stuff">Email anytime</a>.<br />* Get this blog by email, free. <a href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=feedburner/AELk&amp;amp;loc=en_US" target="_blank">Sign up here</a>.</em><br /><em>* Follow us on Twitter:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/wbez" target="_blank">@WBEZ</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/meyerson" target="_blank">@Meyerson</a>.</em></span></p></p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/transit-fare-card-fog-thickens-106201 CTA's new card comes with expensive options http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/ctas-new-card-comes-expensive-options-106179 <p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-cta-ventra-hidden-fees-0320-20130320,0,2928286.story" target="_blank"><img alt="Ventra card vending machine" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Ventra.jpg" style="height: 200px; width: 300px; float: right;" title="Ventra card vending machine" /></a><strong>NEW CTA CARDS: TAKING YOU FOR A RIDE?</strong>&nbsp;An analysis of the huge contract with the company responsible for the forthcoming Ventra passes reveals potentially costly surprises if you opt for the debit-card version -- including $2 for a call to customer service.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-cta-ventra-hidden-fees-0320-20130320,0,2928286.story">The&nbsp;<em>Tribune&#39;s</em>&nbsp;Jon Hilkevitch reports</a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>SPINELESS IN CHICAGO.&nbsp;</strong>In <em>Chicago</em> magazine, Steve Rhodes explores&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/April-2013/The-Yes-Men/" target="_blank">how the mayor always gets his way</a>&nbsp;with the City Council:&nbsp;&quot;When disastrous ideas come around ... they pass with flying colors.&quot;<br />* Sources to <em>Sun-Times:</em> <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/18969116-761/wrigley-aldermans-pitch-scrap-famed-scoreboard-for-video-version-as-big-as-you-want-sources.html" target="_blank">Wrigley alderman OK with scrapping scoreboard</a> for video version &quot;as big as you want.&quot;</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>&#39;WORSE THAN NIXON.&#39;</strong>&nbsp;The First Amendment advocate who represented <em>The New York Times </em>when the government sued over publication of the Pentagon Papers says the Obama administration &quot;<a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/mar/19/goodale-obama-press-freedoms-secrecy-nixon" target="_blank">is worse for press freedom than former President Richard Nixon</a>.&quot;<br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/03/chair-climate-change-subcommittee-jury-still-out-climate-change" target="_blank">Climate-change-denying congressman to head subcommittee on climate change</a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>WILL CNN APOLOGIZE?</strong> More than 220,000 people have signed <a href="http://www.change.org/petitions/cnn-apologize-on-air-for-sympathizing-with-the-steubenville-rapists" target="_blank">that online petition</a> demanding the network take back its sympathetic coverage of the sentencing of two men convicted of rape in Steubenville, Ohio. <em>The Atlantic</em> says &quot;<a href="http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2013/03/at-least-200000-people-want-cnn-apologize-its-sympathetic-steubenville-coverage/63315/" target="_blank">it&#39;s hard to understand why CNN wouldn&#39;t feel compelled to address the backlash</a>.&quot;<br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2013/03/steubenville-rapist-appeal/63290/" target="_blank">Steubenville rapist to appeal because his &quot;brain isn&#39;t fully developed.&quot;</a><br />* Two girls charged with <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/19/justice/ohio-steubenville-case/?hpt=us_c2" target="_blank">social-media threats against Steubenville rape victim</a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>COLBERT BUMP.</strong> <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/19/elizabeth-colbert-busch-wins_n_2911914.html" target="_blank">Stephen Colbert&#39;s sister, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, is the easy winner</a>&nbsp;in&nbsp;the Democratic primary for a South Carolina seat in Congress.<br />* <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/colbert-serious-sister-campaign-article-1.1293237" target="_blank">Colbert joins sister&#39;s political team</a>: &quot;I&rsquo;m not worried about what it would do to me or my show to try to help her as myself &ndash; not as my character.&quot;</span></p><hr /><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 18px;"><em>Meyerson + Kogan, 2 p.m. today on WBEZ&#39;s &quot;Afternoon Shift.&quot;<br />What should we discuss? </em><a href="mailto:cmeyerson@wbez.org?subject=Talk%20about%20this%2C%20Meyerson">Your suggestions welcome.</a></span></span></p><hr /><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. </strong>Gay-bashing Westboro Baptist Church has a new neighbor right across the street in Topeka: <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/rainbow-painted-house-rebukes-westboro-msg-article-1.1292955" target="_blank">A rainbow-colored home</a>. And Google Maps played a part.<br />* WBEZ&#39;s Nico Lang: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/nico-lang/2013-03/marriage-equality-fight-heats-illinois-106151" target="_blank">What&#39;s holding up Illinois&#39; Marriage Fairness Act?</a></span><br /><span style="font-family: georgia, serif;">* Nine justices, no waiting: Supreme Court to release&nbsp;</span><a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/same-day-audio-high-court-gay-marriage-cases" style="font-family: georgia, serif;" target="_blank">audio recordings of next week&#39;s gay-marriage arguments</a><span style="font-family: georgia, serif;">&nbsp;just hours after conclusion.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>PANTS IN THE NEWS.</strong><br />* <em>PolitiFact</em> gives &quot;pants on fire&quot; rating to Michele Bachmann&#39;s statement that <a href="http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2013/mar/19/michele-bachmann/michele-bachmann-says-70-percent-food-stamp-fundin/" target="_blank">70 percent of food stamp funding goes to bureaucrats</a>.<br />* <a href="http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-lululemon-black-yoga-pants-recall-20130319,0,5872756.story" target="_blank">Lululemon warns of yoga pants shortage</a> after recall for too-revealing fabric.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>LOLLAPALOOZA LOOKAHEAD.</strong> The headliners set for Grant Park Aug. 2-4 include&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/turnitup/chi-lollapalooza-headliners-20130319,0,725418.column" target="_blank">Mumford &amp; Sons, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend and the Killers</a>, according to Greg Kot in the <em>Tribune</em>. Tickets go on sale Tuesday.<br />* <a href="http://variety.com/2013/film/news/rare-early-hitchcock-pics-to-tour-u-s-1200326013/" target="_blank">Alfred Hitchcock&#39;s earliest surviving silent films</a> set for Chicago screening.</span></p><hr /><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong></em><br /><em>* Suggestions for this blog?&nbsp;<a href="mailto:cmeyerson@wbez.org?subject=Things%20and%20stuff">Email anytime</a>.<br />* Get this blog by email, free. <a href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=feedburner/AELk&amp;amp;loc=en_US" target="_blank">Sign up here</a>.</em><br /><em>* Follow us on Twitter:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/wbez" target="_blank">@WBEZ</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/meyerson" target="_blank">@Meyerson</a>.<br />* Looking for the most recent WBEZ Meyerson News Quiz? <a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/news-quiz" target="_blank">Here you go</a>.</em></span></p></p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/ctas-new-card-comes-expensive-options-106179 Illinois' not-so-magnificent miles http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/illinois-not-so-magnificent-miles-106153 <p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>&#39;SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE.&#39;</strong> That&#39;s the American Society of Civil Engineers president assessing&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-illinois-infrastructure-report-card-0319-20130319,0,4904502.story" target="_blank">the D-plus his group&#39;s awarding Illinois for condition of its infrastructure</a>. The <em>Tribune</em> says the society found 73 percent of Illinois roads in poor or mediocre shape -- at an average annual cost to the typical motorist of $292 in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs.<br />* So come for a visit -- but just don&#39;t drive: Chicago&#39;s set to <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-chicago-tourism-bureau-sees-new-taxes-doubling-budget-to-32m-20130318,0,2517516.story" target="_blank">double its tourism and convention bureau budget</a> this year.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>&#39;MAYOR STEPHENS WANTS THE CUBS TO KNOW THEY HAVE AN OPTION.&#39;</strong> A spokesman for Rosemont elaborates on an offer to <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/18944715-761/the-rosemont-cubs-thats-what-suburbs-mayor-is-pushing-for.html" target="_blank">give the Ricketts family 25 acres of land to build a replica of Wrigley Field in the &#39;burbs</a>&nbsp;if things don&#39;t work out in Chicago.<br />* Plan to spend&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-plans-to-expand-concert-pavilion-at-northerly-island-20130318,0,1261432.story" target="_blank">$3 million to expand the Northerly Island concert pavilion</a>&nbsp;up for vote Thursday.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>&#39;APOLOGIZE ON AIR FOR SYMPATHIZING WITH THE STEUBENVILLE RAPISTS.&#39;</strong> <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/18/cnn-steubenville-rape-petition_n_2901462.html?ir=Media" target="_blank">More than 100,000 people</a> have signed <a href="https://www.change.org/petitions/cnn-apologize-on-air-for-sympathizing-with-the-steubenville-rapists" target="_blank">an online petition</a> demanding CNN renounce its &quot;disgusting&quot; portrayal of two athletes convicted of raping a woman.<br />* <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/18/fox-news-steubenville-rape-victim_n_2901635.html?ir=Media" target="_blank">TV networks aired 16-year-old rape victim&#39;s name</a>.<br />* Blogger who flagged Steubenville case fights <a href="http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/18/how-blogger-helped-steubenville-rape-case-unfold-online/" target="_blank">criticism she helped create &quot;Internet lynch mob.&quot;</a></span></p><hr /><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 20px;"><em><span style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0);">Get this blog by email, free.&nbsp;</span><a href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=feedburner/AELk&amp;amp;loc=en_US" target="_blank">Sign up here</a>.</em></span></span></p><hr /><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>THE STATE OF JOURNALISM.&nbsp;</strong>Know the story of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blind_men_and_an_elephant" target="_blank">the blind men and the elephant</a>? That&#39;s the sort of treatment the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pewresearch.org/2012/03/19/state-of-the-news-media-2012/" target="_blank">Pew Research Center&rsquo;s 2012 News Media Consumption</a> survey is getting. Choose your own adventure:<br />* &quot;Report:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/03/18/report_local_news_somehow_even_worse_than_it_was_before/" target="_blank">Local news somehow even worse than it was before</a>.&quot;<br />* &quot;<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/03/new-coverage-local-politics-fading-away" target="_blank">News Coverage of Local Politics Is Fading Away</a>.&quot;<br />* &quot;State of the media: <a href="http://paidcontent.org/2013/03/18/state-of-the-media-the-cracks-are-still-widening-but-some-light-is-also-getting-in/" target="_blank">The cracks are still widening, but some light is also getting in</a>.&quot;<br />* &quot;<a href="http://stateofthemedia.org/2013/digital-as-mobile-grows-rapidly-the-pressures-on-news-intensify/" target="_blank">As Mobile Grows Rapidly, the Pressures on News Intensify</a>.&quot;<br />* &quot;<a href="http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/207392/nearly-one-third-of-u-s-adults-have-abandoned-a-news-outlet-due-to-dissatisfaction/" target="_blank">Nearly one-third of U.S. adults have abandoned a news outlet due to dissatisfaction</a>.&quot;<br />* &quot;<a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/03/this-is-the-scariest-statistic-about-the-newspaper-business-today/274125/" target="_blank">This Is the Scariest Statistic About the Newspaper Business Today</a>.&quot;<br />* &quot;<a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2013/03/18/state_of_the_news_pew_analysis_shows_cnn_drop_in_reported_pieces_and_domination.html">Newspaper Newsroom Staff Numbers Are at Lowest Point Since 1978</a>.&quot;</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>... AND SO, CRY &#39;HYPOCRISY&#39; IF YOU WILL. BUT NOT IF YOU CLICK HERE.&nbsp;</strong><em>The Atlantic: </em>&quot;17,616 Men Went to the ER for <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/03/17-616-men-went-to-the-er-for-zipper-related-penis-injuries-between-2002-and-2010/274113/" target="_blank">Zipper-Related Penis Injuries</a> Between 2002 and 2010.&quot; &nbsp;</span></p><hr /><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong></em><br /><em>* Suggestions for this blog?&nbsp;<a href="mailto:cmeyerson@wbez.org?subject=Things%20and%20stuff">Email anytime</a>.</em><br /><em>* Follow us on Twitter:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/wbez" target="_blank">@WBEZ</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/meyerson" target="_blank">@Meyerson</a>.<br />* Looking for the most recent WBEZ Meyerson News Quiz? <a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/news-quiz" target="_blank">Here you go</a>.</em></span></p></p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/illinois-not-so-magnificent-miles-106153 CNN's Ohio rape trial coverage ridiculed http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/cnns-ohio-rape-trial-coverage-ridiculed-106133 <p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><iframe align="right" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="169" scrolling="no" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/MvUdyNko8LQ?rel=0" width="300"></iframe></span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>&#39;ANYONE WOULD FIND THEMSELVES ON THE SIDE OF ... THESE POOR YOUNG MEN, WHO WERE VERY GOOD AT TAKING TESTS AND PLAYING SPORTS WHEN THEY WERE NOT RAPING ...&#39;</strong> <em>Gawker</em> ridicules&nbsp;<a href="http://gawker.com/5991003/cnn-reports-on-the-promising-future-of-the-steubenville-rapists-who-are-very-good-students" target="_blank">CNN&#39;s coverage of the Steubenville, Ohio, trial of &quot;star football players.&quot;</a><br />*<em> The Atlantic: </em>&quot;<a href="http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2013/03/cnns-not-only-one-peddling-sympathy-steubenville-rapists/63204/" target="_blank">CNN&#39;s not the only one peddling sympathy</a>&quot; for rapists.<br />* HyperVocal.com: <a href="http://hypervocal.com/news/2013/cnn-rape-apology-onion-sportsdome/" target="_blank"><em>Onion&nbsp;</em>parody perfectly anticipated CNN&#39;s coverage -- two years ago</a>.<br />* Former porn star Traci Lords says she and her mother were <a href="http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/world/porn-star-raped-in-stupidville/story-fnd134gw-1226598635684" target="_blank">also raped in Steubenville</a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>SPEAKING OF OHIO ...</strong>&nbsp;Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) has reversed his opposition to gay marriage after his own son came out; but Speaker John Boehner, also from Ohio, says he <a href="http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/boehner-i-cant-imagine-ever-supporting-gay-marriage" target="_blank">&quot;can&#39;t imagine&quot; ever changing his position</a>.<br />* Satire from Andy Borowitz: Other Republicans inspired &quot;<a href="http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport/2013/03/portman-inspires-other-republicans-to-stop-speaking-to-their-children.html" target="_blank">to stop speaking to their children</a>.&quot;<br />* U. of C. law school prof: &quot;Those who think that the marriage of same-sex couples is incompatible with their religious beliefs ... <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/geoffrey-r-stone/same-sex-marriage-in-illi_b_2883601.html?utm_hp_ref=chicago&amp;ir=Chicago" target="_blank">cannot legitimately or with a proper respect for the American system of law and justice attempt to impose those beliefs on those who disagree</a>.&quot;</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>CTA FARES CONFUSING? HERE&#39;S HELP.&nbsp;</strong>With even some board members seemingly bewildered by <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/automotive/ct-met-getting-around-0318-20130318,0,3127194.column" target="_blank">the plan they approved last week</a>, the <em>Tribune</em> serves up <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/media/acrobat/2013-03/74876853-17200729.pdf" target="_blank">a chart translating&nbsp;<em>how you pay now</em> to <em>how you&#39;ll pay under the incoming Ventra system</em></a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>THE STORY OBAMA, REPUBLICANS &#39;DON&#39;T DARE TALK ABOUT.&#39;</strong> In another time, another political climate, you might expect President Obama or his opposition to brag about the Dow&#39;s stratospheric rise. But&nbsp;writing for <em>Mediaite</em>, Joe Concha&nbsp;says <a href="http://www.mediaite.com/online/stock-market-soars-to-new-heights-the-big-story-the-president-gop-don%E2%80%99t-dare-talk-about/" target="_blank">both sides are quiet</a>: Obama, to avoid compromising his rep as &quot;champion for Main Street&quot;; Republicans, to avoid suggesting &quot;any good economic news ... going into the midterm election season.&quot;<br />* Sarah Palin makes fun of Obama&#39;s teleprompter reliance ...&nbsp;<a href="http://wonkette.com/506795/wonkette-infiltrates-cpac-as-sarah-palin-reads-joke-about-obamas-teleprompter-from-teleprompter" target="_blank">while reading from a teleprompter</a>.<br />* ABC contributor Matthew Dowd says Palin and the rest of the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/03/matthew-dowd-cpac-reminds-me-of-going-to-the-land-before-time/" target="_blank">reminded him of &quot;a &#39;Flintstones&#39; episode.&quot;</a></span></p><hr /><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 18px;"><em><span style="color: rgb(165, 42, 42);">Looking for Friday&#39;s WBEZ Meyerson News Quiz?&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/news-quiz" target="_blank">Here you go</a>.</em></span></span></p><hr /><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>&#39;EARTH HOUR TEACHES ALL THE WRONG LESSONS.&#39;</strong> An adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School says this Saturday&#39;s environmental awareness-raising festivities will in fact <a href="http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/earth-hour-s-counterproductive-symbolism-by-bj-rn-lomborg" target="_blank">increase the world&#39;s carbon dioxide emissions</a>.<br />* Following undercover video showing cows struggling to stand as they were prodded to slaughter by forklifts, new legislation in states across the country seeks to <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/bills-seek-end-farm-animal-abuse-videos" target="_blank">end farm-animal abuse ... (wait for it) ... <em>videos</em></a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><a href="http://readwrite.com/2013/03/17/how-saving-veronica-mars-could-destroy-the-movie-industry" target="_blank"><img alt="'Veronica Mars'" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/VeronicaMars.jpg" style="float: right; height: 150px; width: 150px;" title="'Veronica Mars'" /></a><strong>&#39;HOW I SAVED VERONICA MARS AND DESTROYED THE MOVIE INDUSTRY.&#39;</strong> Reflecting on the Kickstarter campaign that seems set to <a href="http://readwrite.com/2013/03/17/how-saving-veronica-mars-could-destroy-the-movie-industry" target="_blank">revive the TV show starring <strong>Kristen Bell</strong></a>, Brian S Hall&nbsp;says he did it with &quot;technology I carry around with with me everyday.&quot;<br />* Is New York-based startup <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/18/business/media/barry-dillers-aereo-service-challenges-cable-television.html?_r=0" target="_blank">a cable TV killer</a>?</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>QUESTIONS MOST OFTEN ANSWERED WRONG IN <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/habemus-news-quiz-x-106101" target="_blank">FRIDAY&#39;S NEWS QUIZ</a>.</strong></span></p><blockquote><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><em>A national survey finds that, over the last 40 years, in all regions of the country, the percentage of U.S. homes with guns is _____ (up, down, unchanged).</em></span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><em>Which of these events now holds the record for most tweets per minute? (Pope Francis&#39; 2013 election,&nbsp;Barack Obama&#39;s 2012 reelection,&nbsp;Barack Obama&#39;s 2008 election,&nbsp;The Britney-Madonna kiss at the VMAs.)</em></span></p></blockquote><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;">Now it&#39;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/habemus-news-quiz-x-106101" target="_blank">your turn to avenge those who guessed incorrectly</a>.</span></p><hr /><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong></em><br /><em>* Suggestions for this blog?&nbsp;<a href="mailto:cmeyerson@wbez.org?subject=Things%20and%20stuff">Email anytime</a>.<br />* Get this blog by email, free. <a href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=feedburner/AELk&amp;amp;loc=en_US" target="_blank">Sign up here</a>.</em><br /><em>* Follow us on Twitter:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/wbez" target="_blank">@WBEZ</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/meyerson" target="_blank">@Meyerson</a>.</em></span></p></p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/cnns-ohio-rape-trial-coverage-ridiculed-106133 Habemus News Quiz X http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/habemus-news-quiz-x-106101 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Q-A - green_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><b style="font-family: georgia, serif;">FRESH FOR YOU: OUR 10th WEEKLY NEWS QUIZ.</b></p><p><span style="font-family: georgia, serif;">The white smoke emerging from the WBEZ studios at Navy Pier means ... it&#39;s that time!</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><script type="text/javascript" src="http://i0.poll.fm/survey.js" charset="UTF-8"></script><noscript><a href="http://cpm.polldaddy.com/s/wbez-meyerson-news-quiz-no-10">Take Our Survey!</a></noscript><script type="text/javascript"> polldaddy.add( { type: 'iframe', auto: true, domain: 'cpm.polldaddy.com/s/', id: 'wbez-meyerson-news-quiz-no-10' } ); </script></span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><em>Want to try your hand at previous news quizzes?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/news-quiz" target="_blank">Here you go</a>.</em></span></p><hr /><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong></em><br /><em>* Suggestions for this blog?&nbsp;<a href="mailto:cmeyerson@wbez.org?subject=Things%20and%20stuff">Email anytime</a>.<br />* Get this blog by email, free. <a href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=feedburner/AELk&amp;amp;loc=en_US" target="_blank">Sign up here</a>.</em><br /><em>* Follow us on Twitter:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/wbez" target="_blank">@WBEZ</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/meyerson" target="_blank">@Meyerson</a>.</em></span></p></p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/habemus-news-quiz-x-106101