Daily Archives: February 20, 2014

Sportswriter Clyde Travis didn’t just cover Wednesday night’s Curie-Hyde Park high school basketball game as a Chicago Sun-Times freelancer; he went into the Curie locker room and gave a stern post-game two-minute lecture. “This is not an isolated incident,” says my tipster. (The video was shot by Mike Kosman of He wouldn’t speak on the record – he didn’t sound happy with me – and hinted that he would be taking the video down. Update: He did.)

Clyde Travis lectures the players.

Clyde Travis lectures the players.

Here’s some of what Travis told the team:

I hope you all gave yourselves a good round of applause. You know why? Because you all stunk that shit up worse than anything I’ve seen. That was the worst exhibition of basketball that I’ve seen in about 30 years. And not that they weren’t trying, it’s that you guys did not come out focused. You are the number one team in the state, and they played like they were the number one team in the state. …

The word that I would use in terms of looking at how you all played was it was a very unintelligent game. ….”

I was not able to reach Travis for comment. Sun-Times news and sports deputy managing editor Chris De Luca sends this statement:

“Clyde Travis is a freelance writer for Sun-Times Media. We take a matter like this very seriously. We have conducted an investigation and, at this time, are no longer using his services.”

* Clyde Travis’s lecture starts at the 2:00 mark (youtube) [It’s been removed]
* Travis: Curie hangs on, advances to city title game (

From New York State Sen. Greg Ball’s bill outlawing “the possession and harboring of killer whales in aquariums and sea parks” (February 12):

From a 17-year-old boy’s essay, posted on The Huffington Post (January 9):

“I’m glad they liked my article enough to use it in a bill!,” says high school junior Donald Julius Rapier.

Rapier (left) and Ball

Rapier (left) and Ball

Here is what Ball’s spokesman sent to Albany Times Union reporter Casey Seiler:

We thank Casey for bringing this oversight to our attention concerning this inter office document used to briefly summarize a bill. This simple yet sloppy action taken flies in the face of the high standards of our office. We have taken immediate and appropriate steps internally to address this oversight and address the staffer responsible.

Seiler told me this afternoon: “Since this morning, I’ve discovered two more bills containing cribbed language; will do a follow on that and his reaction for tomorrow.”

* Ball’s bill stands up for killer whales, rips off high school student (
* Ball’s office issues statement on whale bill’s borrowed prose (


Last Saturday, the Quad-City Times told readers it was dropping Brent Bozell’s column because it was ghostwritten by a colleague.
Silence followed.

“We did not receive one letter or comment protesting our decision or defending Bozell,” says a Times editorial. “And we got loads of suggestions for columnists our readers would prefer.”

They include: Timothy Carney, Jim Geraghty, Michael Gerson, Nick Gillespie, Michelle Malkin, Kathleen Parker, George F. Will, and several others.

Mark Ridolfi, the Iowa paper’s editorial page editor, tells me he’s not surprised that readers yawned at the Bozell announcement.

“I’ve never heard much from readers about him,” he writes in an email. “We’d used him quite infrequently. He and his newly divulged co-writer [Tim Graham] are among the old-time columnists who keep cranking 700 word columns for print products with 500-word spaces. They’re an easy trim, though.”

Ridolfi adds that he’s “delighted” with readers’ suggestions for a new conservative columnist.

One of our readers, Dan Flaherty, is a Davenport high school teacher who is active in his union. He’s a solid Dem who I’ve seen at many party and caucus events. He wrote recommending George Will.

I got a call from Will’s assistant asking for Dan’s contact info. It seems George wanted to write a thank-you note. I’m told Jim Geraghty tweeted his appreciation at being on the list. And, of course, all the syndicates are calling.

* Wanted: A replacement for Brent Bozell (
* The nominees are in … (

Baltimore Sun Media Group is buying Baltimore City Paper for an undisclosed amount. “From an editorial perspective, the City Paper will operate independently from the Sun,” publisher Tim Ryan says in a staff memo. The deal closes in March.

From: Ryan, Tim
Sent: Thursday, February 20, 2014 10:06 AM
Subject: Announcement from Tim Ryan

BSMG Team:

I am excited to announce that The Baltimore Sun Media Group has reached an agreement to purchase the Baltimore City Paper.image Due to occur in early March, this acquisition represents a great opportunity for us to add another successful media property to our portfolio while taking advantage of the combined resources on the advertising and business sides. We will be adding a unique population of readers to our overall audience.

The City Paper has a circulation of approximately 50,000 while the paper’s website boasts 200,000 unique visitors and 900,000 page views per month. Just as the acquisition of community papers including The Aegis, Towson Times, Howard County Times, Columbia Flier and others helped us connect directly with communities across the region, the addition of the City Paper to the portfolio will enhance our reach within Baltimore City through its alternative, independent voice./CONTINUES Read More

* Do they teach the TV News Nod in college broadcasting classes? (
house* NYT Yahoo News’s Matt Bai on his “House of Cards” cameo: “It was harder to play myself than I expected it was going to be.” (
* Detroit News and Free Press are expected to move into the former Federal Reserve Building in downtown Detroit. (
* ProPublica gets $1 million from the MacArthur Foundation. (
* Why journalism prizes matter. (
* Chinese conglomerate Fosun is expected to win the auction for Forbes and pay less than $250 million. (
* Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim is doubling his stake in the New York Times. (
* Hotline editor-in-chief Steve Shepard joins Politico. (
matt* Matt Taibbi (left) joins Pierre Omidyar‘s First Look Media. He’ll investigate political and financial corruption. (
* A $325 million dividend for Tribune Co. when its newspapers are spun off. (
* The guy behind “Pearls Before Swine” is not getting divorced. (
* U-T San Diego ends its cable TV venture after just two years. (
* Hale Global’s CEO picks up the phone and calls a Patch editor back to work. (
* Former Consumer Reports editor Kim Kleman is named American Lawyer editor. ( | How Kleman was pushed out at Consumer Reports. (
* Alison Coglianese is named Washington Post reader representative. She had been the deputy. (