I know that today is primary election day and I'm a little late on this story. Neil Steinberg of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote an column which is causing black leaders in Chicago to consider a boycott the Sun-Times. They want to boycott the Tribune because of the Tribune's request to get Stroger's medical records.
In response we hear a podcast from Chicago Defender editor Roland Martin's WVON AM radio program "howling mad" at Neil Steinberg. This almost sounds like an episode of The O'Reilly Factor. Listening to it, it was very nasty Martin was very upset. I've yet to read the column unfortunately so I can't really comment. However Steinberg makes a claim that he didn't make light of Stroger's illness he made light of the fact that Stroger is a terrible politician.
That is one thing I can comment on, I don't think Stroger is a terrible politician. One can say that it's time for him to hang it up, indeed a lot of people are saying that. His time may have passed with or without the stroke but that doesn't make him a bad politician. If you can define a bad politician it may be that he doesn't know when he should hang it up.
Well Steinberg definitely looks at the state of Stroger's health and obviously makes a very unobjective column. That's not to say columnists aren't supposed to take sides and expose their bias, especially if it seems Steinberg wants to help defeat Stroger. Listen to it, because this is quite nasty.
Steinberg's columns on Stroger from the Sun-Times...
Stroger may be ill, but save sympathy for taxpayers
Insensitivity to ailing Stroger was a mistake