Media Watch: Uncool PR-style puff piece by Chicago Sun-Times

The Chicago Sun-Times ignored the facts of an unnecessary, $100 million building – that furthers segregation on the northwest side of Chicago, and will cause additional damage in lost enrollment to several existing schools, purportedly built to alleviate overcrowding at Taft High School, a problem CPS created by enrolling hundreds of non-neighborhood students in the neighborhood school – and instead published a puff piece worthy of the CPS public relations department, on Thursday, Sept. 5.

A more complete story by this reporter is here.

The ridiculous untelling of it is here.

While the Chicago Sun-Times did some great reporting about homeless students in the Chicago public schools on Sept. 3, the next day it published a page-three, puff piece that ignores the facts of CPS inequity and its ever increasing capital spending debt, which it just increased enormously with the above unnecessary school built for a majority-white enrollment in a white community.


May 1, 2023 at 3:28 PM

By: Sharon Schmidt

Taft campus

Some of the stories I've reported over the years make me angrier than others.

May 1, 2023 at 3:41 PM

By: Susan Ohanian

Happy May 1, 1969

Three Cheers for Fred Rogers and May Day 1969

Susan Ohanian - May 01, 2023

Fifty years ago today, May 1, 1969, PBS faced a 50% funding cut. Addressing a Congressional committee, Fred Rogers told them a little about his show, including the very small amount it cost. This presentation lasts just six minutes but contains words to last a lifetime.

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