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Internet Preferred News Source to Newspapers

December 24, 2008

The Internet has surpassed newspapers as the main source for national and international news for Americans, according to a new survey.

Television, however, remains the preferred medium for Americans, according to the survey by the Washington-based Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

Seventy percent of the 1,489 people surveyed by Pew said television is their primary source for national and international news.

Forty percent said they get most of their news from the Internet, up from 24 percent in September 2007, and more than the 35 percent who cited newspapers as their main news source.

Only 59 percent of people younger than 30 years old prefer television, Pew said, down from 68 percent in the September 2007 survey.

AFP

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The Christian Science Monitor plans major changes in April 2009 that are expected to make it the first newspaper with a national audience to shift from a daily print format to an online publication that is updated continuously each day.

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Patti Blagojevich May Be In Trouble Too; Her Pol Father Doesn’t Speak To Rod

December 11, 2008

Gov. Rod Blagojevich has some close company in his misery.

His arrest this week on corruption charges also shone a spotlight on Patti Blagojevich, his wife and a mother of two. The first lady may have been introduced to the public by profanity-laced tirades as outlined by federal prosecutors, but she already was being investigated for her real-estate dealings.

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Patti Blagojevich 

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday laid out their allegations of a brazen money grab by Blagojevich, saying he plotted to sell President-elect Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat. And in the 76-page criminal complaint against him, his 43-year-old wife emerged as a woman who schemed to cash in on her husband’s job and punish those who got in her way.

She has not been charged with any wrongdoing, and she has not spoken publicly since her husband’s arrest. Nor did she appear in court with him Tuesday, and she did not return a message left Wednesday with Blagojevich’s administration.

However, according to the complaint, she was the voice in the background spewing an ugly suggestion to “just fire” some newspaper editors if the Tribune Co. hoped for state assistance to sell Wrigley Field, the storied home of the Chicago Cubs.

“Hold up that (expletive) Cubs (expletive),” she says as her husband is talking on the telephone. “(Expletive) them.”

There she was in full support, according to the complaint, of her husband’s suggestion that the price of the governor naming a replacement for Obama’s Senate seat include a six-figure seat on a corporate board.

But in Illinois, those allegations mark the latest chapter in what may be considered a quintessential Chicago story. Patti Blagojevich is a businesswoman whose lucrative real estate deals have raised questions about whether her position as first lady helped her make a lot of money and a key player in a family drama between two powerful politicians — her husband and her father, Richard Mell.

He was a powerful Chicago alderman who held a fundraiser in the late 1980s. Hoping to drum up business for his practice, Rod Blagojevich — then a young lawyer — attended and met Patti Mell. The two married in 1990.

Two years later, Mell used his political connections to get 200 soldiers to campaign for his son-in-law. Blagojevich ended up beating a powerful incumbent to win the state representative post, setting in motion a career that would take him to Congress and in 2002 to the governor’s mansion.

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Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich leaves his home in Chicago, Illinois. President-elect Barack Obama said Thursday he is “absolutely certain” his team was not involved in any deal-making with Blagojevich and vowed to disclose a review of all contacts with his office.(AFP/Getty Images/Brian Kersey)

Patti Blagojevich appeared to be a woman who knew her priorities and would not let working at her real estate brokerage firm interfere with raising the couple’s two small daughters.

“Lady Patti Blagojevich knows exactly what comes first in her life,” read the headline in a glowing 2005 Chicago Tribune profile.

“What I put my focus on mostly is the girls,” she told the paper. “Once you put your focus there, the rest falls into place.”

But even before that story ran, Patti Blagojevich was in the middle of a public feud between her husband and her father that largely stemmed from the governor’s shutting down of a landfill run by a distant relative of her mother.

Mell was incensed, saying his son-in-law was willing to “throw anyone under the bus.”

He also told reporters that his daughter had “blinders on” when it came to the governor and that she would “wake up one day” to understand what her husband was really like.

There were whispers that Mell was not allowed to see the family as much as he liked, something Mell seemed to give credence to with a tearful announcement that he wanted to end his battle with Blagojevich.

“I’ve got a granddaughter who loves to fish, and she hasn’t been up to Lake Geneva for two years like she used to come,” he said.

Until Tuesday, the most recent news stories about Patti Blagojevich have been those that raised questions about her business dealings.

In 2005, for example, a published report said she received nearly $50,000 from a real estate deal three years earlier involving Antoin “Tony” Rezko. In June, Rezko was convicted of using clout with the Blagojevich administration to help launch a multimillion-dollar kickback scheme.

As for Patti Blagojevich’s father, Richard Mell declined to comment for this story. On Tuesday he told reporters: “My main concern now is for my daughter and my grandchildren.”

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Will More Bankruptcies Follow Tribune’s?

December 10, 2008

Although Tribune Co. has the distinction of being the first major newspaper publisher to seek bankruptcy protection in this sour economy, it is hardly alone in facing the deadly combination of high debt and declining advertising revenue.

For a sense of who might be next, consider publishers that have put individual papers up for sale or have had trouble meeting their debt contracts.

By Anick Jesdanun            
The Associated Press

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Illinois Gov Worked To Silence Critics in the Media

December 9, 2008

Freedom of the press is often that key ingredient that separates the United States from less free and open regimes.  Now we learn that Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was working feverishly to have Tribune writers fired in exchange for government breaks for the media giant….

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Politico’s been on top of the corruption allegations against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who in a 78-page FBI complaint, requested “something real good,” a payoff, in return for his appointment of Barack Obama’s Senate seat.

But Blagojevich, along with chief of staff John Harris, also tried exerting their influence over the Tribune Company, pressuring executives to fire members of the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board, who were considered too critical of the Governor. Specifically, Blagojevich singled out deputy editorial page editor John P. McCormick.

In return, the state would make it easier for the cash-strapped Tribune Co. to obtain financial assistance from the Illinois Finance Authority, relating to the anticipated sale of the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field. Yesterday, Tribune Co. chairman and chief executive Sam Zell announced the company had filed for bankruptcy. The sale of the team and field is considered vital for keeping the media company going.

On Nov. 3, according to a complaint which includes intercepted phone calls, Blagojevich spoke to a deputy about how the Tribune will be “driving” the impeachment process against him. During the call, Blagojevich’s wife gets on the phone and tells the deputy to “to hold up that f—king Cubs s—t… f—k them.” Later, she said to “just fire” any critical writers at the Tribune.

It’s during the same call that Blagojevich said that they should pull together articles, and have Harris begin talking to the Tribune’s owners…

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