WBEZ | lance armstrong http://www.wbez.org/tags/lance-armstrong Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en New role for ex-'sexiest man alive' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-01/new-role-ex-sexiest-man-alive-105012 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/FITZGERALD.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong><a href="https://soundcloud.com/meyerson/from-may-2012-u-s-attorney" target="_blank"><img alt="Former U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald" src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/3f/Patrick_Fitzgerald.jpg/200px-Patrick_Fitzgerald.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 208px; float: right;" /></a>WE LOVE NO OTHER, SO LET OUR MOTTO BE VICTORY.</strong> A former (2005) &quot;<strong><a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/entertainment&amp;id=3645297">sexiest man alive</a></strong>&quot; is headed for a new job: A seat on <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-quinn-to-name-former-prosecutor-fitzgerald-to-ui-board-20130117,0,4597873.story">the University of Illinois board of trustees</a>.<br />* Would you like to be on an Illinois board or commission? You can <a href="http://appointments.illinois.gov/bcForm.cfm">nominate yourself online</a>. Good luck.</p><p><strong>HOTEL WRIGLEY.&nbsp;</strong>The Cubs&#39; owners say they are close to a deal to put <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-0118-wrigley-redevelop--20130118,0,1547549.story">a hotel across the street from Wrigley Field</a> -- now site of a McDonald&#39;s (which would also be be part of a new development). But there&#39;s a big &quot;if&quot;: The plan hinges on public money to help upgrade Wrigley Field.</p><p><strong>&#39;SIMPERING CRAP SHOULD BE ELIMINATED FROM THE SPORTS PAGES.&#39; </strong><em>Deadspin</em>&#39;s editor-in-chief tells <a href="http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/201012/deadspins-editor-in-chief-explains-editing-reporting-behind-manti-teo-story/">the story behind the story of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te&#39;o&#39;s nonexistent dead girlfriend</a> (or is it &quot;dead nonexistent girlfriend&quot;?) and offers his take on the state of sports journalism.<br />* Media critic Jack Shafer&#39;s prescription for becoming a better journalist: &quot;Doubt what you read, doubt what you hear -- and when you feel your heart beating, tear it out and <a href="http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2013/01/17/manti-teo-and-the-press-get-blitzed/">stomp on it until it stops</a>.&quot;<br />* <em>Chicago Tribune</em> standards editor: After &quot;embarrassing&quot; chapter, &quot;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/tribnation/chi-manti-teo-girlfriend-mystery-notre-dame-and-corrections-20130117,0,5889226.story">we will do what we do after every error</a>: Admit our mistake, learn from it, do some soul-searching and move forward.&quot;<br />* <em>Washington Post</em> <a href="http://www.thewrap.com/media/column-post/washington-post-reporter-admits-plagiarism-apologizes-73561">suspends bureau chief for plagiarism</a>.</p><p><strong>LANCE ARMSTRONG TELLS ...</strong> Oh, who really cares now that we have Te&#39;o? Here&#39;s a roundup of <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/lance-armstrong-oprah-night-jokes-183707465.html">late-night show Armstrong jokes</a>. Here&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theonion.com/articles/lance-armstrong-admits-to-using-performanceenhanci,30912/"><em>The Onion&#39;s take</em></a>. And here&#39;s <a href="http://www.theatlanticwire.com/entertainment/2013/01/oprah-inteview-gifs/61133/">an animated GIF history of confessions to Oprah Winfrey</a>.</p><p><strong><a href="http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/17/biden-getting-an-autobiography-from-the-onion-whether-he-wants-it-or-not/" target="_blank"><img alt="Onion's Biden book" src="http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2013/01/17/arts/bidencover/bidencover-articleInline.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 231px; float: right;" /></a>JOE BIDEN&#39;S AUTOBIOGRAPHY. NOT.</strong> <em>The Onion</em>&#39;s <a href="http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/17/biden-getting-an-autobiography-from-the-onion-whether-he-wants-it-or-not/">written one for him</a>. Compare and contrast to <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Promises-Keep-Politics-Joe-Biden/dp/0812976215">the real thing</a>.</p><p><strong>YOUR NEWS QUIZ IS READY. </strong>Study up first by reviewing <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson">this blog&#39;s postings over the last week</a>. The guy who created the thing got only 90 percent. (What is Te&#39;o&#39;s nonexistent dead girlfriend&#39;s name again?) Then, <strong>it&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://cpm.polldaddy.com/s/wbez-meyerson-news-quiz-no-2">your turn</a></strong>. P.S. It&#39;s an open-book (or is that open-browser?) quiz.</p><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-2">Take WBEZ Meyerson News Quiz No. 2 right now!</a></noscript><script type="text/javascript"> polldaddy.add( { type: 'button', title: 'Take WBEZ Meyerson News Quiz No. 2 right now.', style: 'inline', text_color: '000000', domain: 'cpm.polldaddy.com/s/', id: 'D4AE27F3118C62BA' } ); </script><hr /><p><em>No blog entry Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Back here Tuesday morning. Take the extra time to&nbsp;<a href="mailto:Meyerson@gmail.com?subject=Hey%2C%20Meyerson!">email your thoughts</a> on how the WBEZ Meyerson blog customer satisfaction team can better meet your needs.</em></p></p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-01/new-role-ex-sexiest-man-alive-105012 Oprah! I am ready to confess http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-01/oprah-i-am-ready-confess-104936 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/5685709293_c4187f8846.jpg" style="float: right; height: 400px; width: 300px;" title="Flickr/Loren Javier" /><span id="internal-source-marker_0.3762610085972553">Dear Oprah:</span></div><p>I need some cash. Daycare is expensive as are hospital bills and our dumb dog got hurt and so there are now vet bills and the house isn&rsquo;t getting paid off for about 26 years and I have a Pier One credit card bill (who has a Pier One credit card?! Me.) because Christmas made me insane and I had to go and buy little smelly candles for my friends and did you know they charge extra for gift boxes?<br /><br />I know you&rsquo;re not in the habit of just handing out money these days but I think I know a way we can help each other out. I will come on your show and confess some secrets.<br /><br />Don&rsquo;t tell me that Lance Armstrong came to you to confess that he started doping just because he likes you and wanted to get a few things off his chest. You paid him some big bucks, bucks he&rsquo;s probably going to be hurting for now that people suddenly realize that those yellow bracelets don&rsquo;t really go with their outfits.<br /><br />So, gimme. Give me some money. I will come on your network and admit to all sorts of shameful things that I guarantee will get you some viewers. The price is negotiable but let&rsquo;s start at maybe a million? You know that&rsquo;s nothing to you and is peanuts compared to what you paid Lance.<br /><br />To whet your whistle, here are some things I am ready to confess to:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li dir="ltr">Leading an extensive, sophisticated doping ring among the blogosphere. Did the public really believe that my friends and I were able of consistently putting out such thoughtful, engaging content without some chemical assistance? No, we&rsquo;re all &lsquo;roided up. That&rsquo;s why bloggers have such bad acne and tiny testicles.</li><li dir="ltr">That my marriage to my husband is one of convenience, in order to gain acceptance in the public domain. In actuality, all those times I&rsquo;ve said &ldquo;I love cheese so much I could marry it,&rdquo; I was being serious. I am in a common law marriage with a wedge of brie but due to discriminatory marriage laws, I am forced to be married to a human male in order to gain social acceptance. There, are you happy now?</li><li dir="ltr">That I claim to be 5&rsquo;4 but am really 5&rsquo;3 and a half. And also I weigh, as of press time, exactly 26 more pounds in real life than is listed on my driver&rsquo;s license.</li><li dir="ltr">That I kiss the cat on the mouth.</li></ul><p>I also promise to be:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li dir="ltr">thoughtful</li><li dir="ltr">forthright (I won&rsquo;t avoid any questions unless you want to agree ahead of time that I will put forth the impression of avoiding one to two questions that we will agree upon ahead of time).</li><li dir="ltr">serious</li><li dir="ltr">contrite as hell</li></ul><p>I will be so contrite! I will cry and grimace and even get down on my knees. But this will of course cost extra. All this honesty and desire for forgiveness ain&rsquo;t free. What do you think this is, church? Confessing gratis is only for suckers or for people who don&rsquo;t need cash.</p></p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 08:34:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-01/oprah-i-am-ready-confess-104936