Sun-Times morphs into a ‘garish, down-market tabloid’

-- Today's Sun-Times cover

Former Chicago Sun-Times TV/radio columnist Robert Feder says his old paper “is morphing into a garish, down-market tabloid that seems to be edited for people with teeny-tiny attention spans who prefer headlines to be written IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.” There’s no doubt, he says, that the changes are being ordered by Michael Ferro, “the wealthy entrepreneur who heads the Sun-Times’ parent company with ambitions of becoming a modern-day press baron.”

Ferro appears intent on using the Sun-Times to promote his pet charities and the many nonprofit organizations on whose boards he serves. How such coverage of black-tie fund-raisers will mesh with the paper’s decidedly down-market move remains a mystery.

* New Sun-Times takes Chicago to a different place
* “Dear God, @Sun-Times. This homepage is 70% ads”
* Earlier: Ferro wants Sun-Times to be the New York Post of the Midwest